Humanitarian and civil society agencies working in Rakhine State in Myanmar and in the Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh are deeply concerned that the repatriation of refugees will commence in mid-November, according to an announcement of the Joint Working Group of the Governments of Bangladesh and Myanmar on 30th October.
The Governments of Myanmar and Bangladesh have made assurances to the refugees and the international community that repatriation will only happen when it is safe, voluntary and dignified. We call on both governments to stand by their commitments.
October 3, 2018 (SEATTLE) - The death toll following the Sept. 28 magnitude 7.5 earthquake and powerful tsunami that struck Indonesia has climbed to 1,407. Local sources believe the actual number is higher than 2,000, with thousands of others injured and hundreds still missing.
Cathy Herholdt, World Concern
Emergency Water Trucking and Cash Transfers Being Implemented
March 10, 2017 (SEATTLE) – Seattle-based humanitarian organization World Concern is responding to the worsening drought crisis in Somalia.
The undersigned humanitarian and development NGOs operating in Kachin and Northern Shan States in Myanmar are gravely concerned about the continually escalating armed conflict and the severely deteriorating security situation for the civilian population in Kachin and Northern Shan States.
October 10, 2016 (PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti) – As the death toll soars past 1,000 in Haiti in the wake of Hurricane Matthew, World Concern is reaching survivors in the south and southwest regions of the impoverished island nation with urgently needed supplies.
Cathy Herholdt, World Concern
Staff Evacuated After Heavy Gunfire in Wau Town
June 27, 2016 (WAU, SOUTH SUDAN) – World Concern, a Seattle-based Christian humanitarian organization, has suspended activity and evacuated staff from Wau, South Sudan, after fighting erupted in the city on June 24 and 25.
Washington Global Health Alliance grants $150,000 to test PotaVida's Smart Solar Purifier
For the past few months, heavy monsoonal rains have caused flash flooding and landslides across Myanmar. Huge swathes of the country have been affected, with homes, crops and lives all being lost. Thousands of people are still displaced.
But the flooding has also brought another, longer lasting, and more sinister threat to survivors: malaria. Right now, pools of warm, stagnant water lay on the ground and mosquito breeding will skyrocket. Malaria deaths will almost certainly rise.
I sat down on the steps of a small rural high school in Brahmanbaria, Bangladesh, expectantly waiting to talk with some of the girls who have received scholarships from World Concern. Dressed in her blue and white uniform, 16-year-old Rima sat down next to me. I started asking questions about school – what she enjoys studying and her future plans.
With her first words, tears spilled down her cheeks. Staring off into the distance and weeping, she told me that from the time she was 14, her father has been trying to marry her off.
In the back of her classroom in rural Haiti, 12-year-old Dashna often puts her head down on her desk and prays. The pain in her stomach gets to be too much and she can no longer concentrate on the lesson being taught. She winces with pain and silently cries out to God for help.
The worms in Dashna's belly cause her so much pain, she can't concentrate in school.
The outpouring of support from donors is enabling World Concern staff to reach families in Nepal with emergency supplies and compassionate help within days of the devastating magnitude 7.8 earthquake that struck on April 25.
Although our disaster response team is enduring nerve-rattling aftershocks, sleeping on floors, and hiking for miles to reach remote villages, they are buoyed by prayers and support and excited to reach survivors with critical supplies.
Situation générale de la Région
General Situation of the Area
Visiting refugee camps is never easy. No one wants to leave their home, their life, and everything they’ve ever known and run to another country where they have no status, few rights, and are forced to live in a tent. But refugees aren’t given a choice.
April 9, 2015 (SEATTLE) – In an emergency, communication is vital. World Concern, a Seattle-based international humanitarian organization, is partnering with startup Joule to supply reliable electricity in disasters through a portable, large capacity battery.
Cathy Herholdt, World Concern
In December 2013, the world’s newest nation, only two years into a season without war, plunged back into crisis-mode. Though the explanation for this eruption of conflict is far from definitive, one thing is clear – South Sudan is still hurting.
Somalia: eight warnings of catastrophe so far, and still no action
Early warnings need to result in early action in Somalia
Last week marked three years since the UN declared famine in Somalia. The catastrophe facing the Somali people three years ago ended in at least 260,000 people dying, half of them children.
Published May 7, 2014 – by Anne-Marie Schryer-Roy
2.9 million Somalis are in humanitarian crisis
50,000 children are severely malnourished and at death’s door
Women in Somalia face the second highest risk of maternal death in the world and babies are at the highest risk of dying on the day of their birth
1.1 million people are displaced within their own country
Polio has returned, with 193 cases recorded in the last year
My dad used to always say, “It’s better to build a guardrail on a curve than a hospital at the bottom of the hill.” As an adult, I’ve come to understand that wisdom of his words. We all want to rescue someone after they’re hurt. But isn’t it better to protect them from harm in the first place?
Today, as the president of World Concern, I have an opportunity to put my dad’s wisdom into practice. Our focus is on disaster risk reduction: equipping vulnerable communities for a disaster before it happens, and taking practical steps to minimize its destructive impact.