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Thursday, December 5, 2013

Remembering the other stories of courage in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds


Even as we continue our emergency relief work in the Philippines - distributing tons of urgently needed food, water, shelter materials, tools, and other emergency supplies to tens of thousands of Typhoon Haiyan survivors - we think of all of the other stories of equal courage in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds that motivate our work worldwide.

In Ethiopia, there are orphaned children who need to be rescued and educated if they are to have any hope of transforming their lives.

In Cambodia there are children who find it hard to learn because they don’t have the tools they need; things as simple as pencils, note books, and rulers.

In the Philippines, there are young people whose education and ability to create positive change in their indigenous communities is about to come to a grinding halt because they and their parents lack the relatively little money it costs for a post-secondary education.

In Sri Lanka, Cambodia, and the Democratic republic of Congo, families are hungry because they lack the basic knowledge, tools, and resources needed to grow enough food.

In India and Africa, there are families drinking water that we here at home would not even wash our hands in; but they have no choice because they lack the resources and knowledge needed to create their own sustainable supplies of water.

This Christmas, please remember their stories as well. Give a gift from our 2013 Gifts of Hope Christmas Catalogue.