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08 May 2012 description

Starting in May, the Christian Reformed World Relief Committee (CRWRC) will have a new program to address the health and nutrition needs of women and children in Kenya thanks to the Canadian government, the University of Manitoba, and the Canadian Foograins Bank (CFGB).

28 Mar 2012 description

This week, families and communities in Mwatate, Kenya will have a new source of water and a new hope for consistent supplies of food thanks to a borehole being drilled by the Christian Reformed World Relief Committee (CRWRC) and its local partner, ACK (Anglican Church of Kenya) Pwani Christian Community Services.

30 Jan 2012 description

In late January, the Christian Reformed World Relief Committee (CRWRC) concluded its final food distribution in Kenya in response to the East Africa drought.

In 2011 the region of East Africa experienced its lowest level of rainfall in 60 years, affecting over 13 million people. Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia were particularly hard hit. Because droughts have become more frequent in this region in recent years, communities have been left with little time to recover, making each new drought more devastating.

15 Dec 2011 description

They dig beneath the hot Kenyan sun, putting in a hard day’s work in a region where opportunity is often scarce, as is food, water – and hope.

But they do not labour in vain.

Their efforts put cash in their pockets, food on their tables, and even feed the local economy in the process.

17 Nov 2011 description

CRWRC Newsroom | November 16, 2011

Teraza Akai is struggling to find a shred of hope.

19 Sep 2011 description

What do you do when your cultural tradition dictates that you take care of relatives during times of difficulty, but you are also struggling to survive? This is the situation facing families in Katilu in Northern Kenya.

13 Sep 2011 description

SEPTEMBER 13, 2011—Fremont residents Lee and Sue Mys are leaving their West Michigan home tomorrow to spend three months volunteering in Kenya where chronic rainfall shortages have caused near-famine conditions. By the time they leave the Mbasa area in December, eleven villages will have access to enough water to sustain them, their animals, and their crops despite years of drought.

19 Jul 2011 description

Burlington, ONT —With plans continuing to gel over the last week, the Christian Reformed World Relief Committee (CRWRC) announced today that it is drastically increasing its response to severe drought in East Africa. Previously a $4 million response, the agency now has a goal of distributing $7 million in emergency aid between August and December 2011. The response will include food supplies and drinking water, as well as fodder for livestock. This essential aid will help more than 100,000 Kenyans survive until the next harvest in January, 2012.

14 Jul 2011 description

JULY 14, 2011—The Christian Reformed World Relief Committee (CRWRC) is rapidly expanding its current drought response to meet a vastly increased need for food and other aid in the Horn of Africa after two failed rainy seasons in the past 12 months. Ten million people are now at risk. With partners and grant funding, CRWRC expects to distribute a total of more than $4 million in aid to 100,000 desperate people through December 2011.

09 Jul 2011 description

“In Kenya, CRWRC has provided food aid in response to drought conditions nearly every other year for the past decade. This year, however, may be the worst yet,” said Wayne de Jong, Director of Disaster Response and Rehabilitation for the Christian Reformed World Relief Committee (CRWRC), “Experts say that this is the worst drought the region has experienced in 60 years.”

06 Jul 2010 description

What do you do when you rely on your herd of cattle and goats to make a living, and there is no water or grass to feed them because of drought? What do you do when this is the third year in a row that you and your community have faced this situation, and more than 99% of your livestock have already died? These are the tough questions facing thousands of families right now in southwestern Kenya, where years of drought have wiped out animal populations and left people with few options for food and income.

02 Mar 2010 description

"We were without food, We were without hope, You saw our need, And God has provided." In the village of Kyua, Kenya there is a group of women who are dancing and singing this song. Theirs is a joyful celebration of the arrival of rain and a bumper corn harvest. For the first time in five years the village will harvest enough food to feed itself.

Eight months ago, in the midst of the worst drought Kenya has experienced in many years, the village of Kyua was nearly abandoned.

28 Aug 2009 description

Kenya is drying up. Crops are stunted, livestock are dying, and 3.8 million people - an increase of one million people this year alone - are facing significant hunger.

"The rainy season in East Africa has been anything but," says Chris Shiundu, CRWRC national relief manager in Kenya. "The crops simply did not grow."

In the face of this crisis, CRWRC is continuing existing food aid and food-for-work programs, which currently provide food to 10,670 families or about 64,000 people from Kenya's pastoral region North of Mt.

25 Aug 2009 description

In late July, 3,000 goats were distributed to families in Kenya thanks in part to the generosity of hockey fans across Canada and around the world.

Throughout Canada, it is traditional for men to grow a beard, or goatee, while their favorite hockey team is in the playoffs. Earlier this year, Joel Nagtegaal of Langley, BC decided to take this one step further and encourage people to buy a goat for a family in need for every time his team, the Vancouver Canucks, wins a playoff game. The idea took off.

14 Jan 2009 description

Once a month, Simon Kalotum stands in a long line and waits his turn to receive maize, peas, and vegetable oil from relief workers. While relying on food aid is nothing new for Simon and his neighbors in Turkana, he is discouraged to be back in this situation after working for a better life just a short while ago.

Turkana lies in the Northwest region of Kenya in Rift Valley Province. Covering approximately 77,000 square kilometers, it is the largest region of Kenya but it also one of the most challenging places in which to live.

03 Mar 2008 description

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. - "Our initialresponse isgreat relief and joy,"the Nairobi staff of the Grand Rapids Michigan-based Christian Reformed World Relief Committee (www.crwrc.org) said today ofKenya's power-sharing agreement brokered by former U.N secretary general Kofi Annan late last week.

13 Feb 2008 description

By Chris Meehan

The situation in Kenya is currently calm enough to re-open travel and allow CRC members to go to Kenya to help conduct relief efforts and perform other activities, Christian Reformed Church officials said late Wednesday.

The CRC discouraged travel to Kenya following the violence and widespread property destruction that took place in early January over a disputed presidential election. CRC staff remained in Kenya to continue regular programs and initiate relief efforts, says Andrew Ryskamp, U.S.

07 Feb 2008 description

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH, USA, 06 February, 2008- On the evening of December 31, 2007, a vehicle pulled into the yard of St. Luke's Cathedral in Western Kenya. Rev. James Mbawa paused in the doorway of his church to ask God for courage and protection in whatever was about to happen. As he walked out to the churchyard, 7-year-old girl ran from the truck with open arms, sobbing, "Oh, they want to kill us! Oh, they hate us!" She clung to Rev.

30 Jan 2008 description

The Christian Reformed World Relief Committee (CRWRC) received a vote of confidence from the Canadian government this week to the tune of $143,000 to provide emergency and short-term relief for people affected by recent violence in Kenya.

The Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) confirmed this week that it would fund a CRWRC proposal to provide assistance for 4000 conflict affected displaced households currently seeking refugee in Reformed Church parishes in and around the western Kenya village of Eldoret.

22 Jan 2008 description

The Christian Reformed World Relief Committee (CRWRC) is distributing food, water and other necessities to some 4,000 people in Kibera, one of Nairobi's largest slums and the hub of much of the unrest that has wracked Kenya's capital in recent days.

Kibera is home to about one million people, many of whom have suffered during the violence following the disputed presidential election in late December, says a report from CRWRC staff in the East African country.

Meanwhile, CRWRC is sending development workers back to Eldoret, a community in western Kenya that also has been the …