CWRD Sunday Benefits Marginalized People Around the World

CHICAGO, IL (November 20, 2020) – As COVID-19 has spread around the world claiming more than 1.35 million lives so far, Covenant World Relief and Development partners have adapted to serve their communities as well as continue projects that are transforming lives.

That ministry was made possible thanks to more than $2.2 million in regular and special assistance from CWRD between June 2019 and June 2020.

In West Pokot, Kenya, CWRD partner Jitokeze Wamama Wafrika is working with local businesses and seamstresses who are creating more than 20,000 medical-standard masks to be distributed to vulnerable children, families, workers, and people who have been imprisoned.

“As sobering as the pandemic is, it presents us with an opportunity to practice active hope through serving our community,” said Philipine Kidulah.

No Personal Protective Equipment was available in Dhading, Nepal, and healthcare workers were afraid to show up for work. CWRD funds help purchase necessary equipment and supplies. The funding also paid for health insurance for 135 healthcare workers.

Other important disaster-relief and ongoing development work also continued to save and improve lives of people on the margins. Partners built wells for clean water, helped women escape human trafficking, provided livestock and training to farmers, granted micro-finance loans to startup businesses, provided rations to people forced from their homes, and taught peacemaking skills to warring tribes in refugee camps.

November 22 is Covenant World Relief Sunday, which highlights the work CWRD is making possible, and gives Covenanters the opportunity to make that work possible. People can give online or mail checks to Covenant World Relief and Development, Evangelical Covenant Church, 8303 W. Higgins Rd, Chicago IL 60631.

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