Mission: To empower the local church to serve the most vulnerable. In community with the local church, world relief envisions the most vulnerable people transformed economically, socially and spiritually.
Programs: Refugee assistance - provided basic needs and initial resettlement services, in partnership with local churches and volunteers, to 10,325 refugees forced to flee persecution in their homelands. Other extended services were provided to these and 7,955 others including english language training, employment assistance, extended case management and other social adjustment services. Total beneficiaries: 18,280
service to immigrants: world relief field offices across the country provided immigration legal services to 10,723 individuals, including assistance with 2,565 naturalization applications. A variety of other immigration benefits and services were provided to another 4,948 individuals. In addition, world relief serves as legal technical and training support for 52 church-based programs that are providing immigration legal services in their communities, or in the process of becoming recognized by the us government so that they can provide direct services in their communities. Total beneficiaries: 15,671
health and nutrition: the health and nutrition sector includes programs in community health and nutrition, primary and clinical health & nutrition, hiv/aids, wash, and maternal and child health. Specific activities within these programs are tailored to the different clusters. In the developing countries cluster, many programs flow from the integral mission approach, actively engaging churches in implementation. Health and nutrition activities may be carried out through care groups and are often integrated with other programs such as agriculture and savings. In care groups, health workers and volunteers are instructed on key health topics and behaviors, such as infant and young child feeding practices, healthy birth spacing, and hygiene. They reach their neighbors with these lessons and refer mothers and children to health clinic services as needed. Hiv/aids prevention and support is woven into many of our health and family strengthening programs, providing education for youth and adults and support for people living with hiv/aids and their families. Primary and clinical health and nutrition programs are typical in the humanitarian and disaster response cluster. Wr manages and supports local health clinics, working with ministries of health, in several areas facing political or environmental disasters. Emergency and supplemental nutrition may be provided to treat malnourished women and children. Many countries in this cluster combine water and sanitation hygiene (wash), nutrition, agriculture, and food security activities. Programs in the mena cluster are similar to the humanitarian and disaster response cluster and are implemented through our partnership with wr germany. 57,411 volunteers trained, 2,017,562 women and children served through health programs, 155,773 households visited by community care group members or health care workers, and 8,548 people living with hiv/aids, orphans and vulnerable children and caregivers supported. Burundi, cambodia, democratic republic of congo, haiti, india, indonesia, kenya, malawi, rwanda, south sudan and sudan.
other program services include:agriculture development: programs in this sector include agriculture for life and food security and livelihoods. Agriculture for life trains local farmers through farmer field schools, instructing on improved planting, cultivation, and harvesting techniques, and sometimes provides improved agricultural inputs, such as improved seed varieties. Agriculture for life seeks to not only improve crop yields but to see family nutrition improved as a result. Agriculture for life works well in church empowerment zones in the developing countries cluster. Within the humanitarian and disaster and mena clusters, food security and livelihoods programs provide agricultural inputs, such as seeds and tools, and some basic training to recipients to quickly increase food production in difficult contexts that may have been through conflict or disaster. 39,296 farmers were supported with agricultural inputs, training, and/or access to market opportunities. Burundi, democratic republic of congo, haiti, indonesia, kenya, malawi, mozambique, rwanda and south sudan. Anti trafficking: in the united states and cambodia, world relief educated adults, teens, and children in human trafficking prevention, community protection, and safe migration. In the u. S. , world relief provided restorative services to 23 survivors of human trafficking, and conducted outreach and awareness activities in local communities. 731 community members were educated about human trafficking. Total beneficiaries (u. S. ): 754. 7,565 refugees welcomed and resettled and 10,723 clients provided legal services in the united states. 731 people received anti-trafficking education and training. United states and cambodia. Child development and family strengthening: child development and family strengthening programs include families for life, child and adolescent development, protection, trauma healing, orphans & vulnerable children (ovc), sexual and gender based violence (sgbv), anti-trafficking and education. In the developing countries cluster, programs may be carried out within the integral mission framework, working alongside the local church. Child development programs include early childhood learning centers, sunday schools, and kids clubs for both children and adolescents. Teachers and volunteers are trained to provide age-appropriate care, which includes lessons on health, hygiene, hiv/aids prevention, and human trafficking prevention (in cambodia). Families for life programs reinforce the foundations of strong marriage relationships: mutual respect and honor, good communication, healthy timing and spacing of children, conflict resolution, and economic viability. Churches typically host the group sessions on these important topics for couples. The humanitarian and disaster relief cluster focuses on healing and thriving of sgbv survivors (in drc). Education in emergencies programs stopgap education needs for children whose local schools have been disrupted by conflict or disaster, providing support to teachers and education materials. In the mena cluster, child development programs incorporate child-friendly spaces and kids clubs for children in refugee contexts. 84,655 children and teens participated in 3,290 child and adolescent development groups. 300 women were assisted with care and reintegration after surviving sexual and gender-based violence. About 11,074 people received family strengthening messages through families for life curriculum. Burundi, cambodia, democratic republic of congo, haiti, india, indonesia, malawi, rwanda, south sudan, turkey, and jordan. Disaster response: world relief approaches disaster response (dr) by leveraging existing relationships in the sudden on-set disaster area. Wr responds as a direct implementer in countries where wr has an existing office, otherwise partnering with other integral alliance member organizations. Programs include basic needs distribution, security, shelter, wash and disaster risk reduction. In the developing countries cluster, disaster response activities are usually implemented with and through the local church or other community organizations and local government. Disaster risk reduction is also done in this cluster. Most of the ongoing dr operations are through the humanitarian and disaster response cluster and the mena cluster, incorporating basic needs distribution (including food and non-food items), shelter, and wash (including water access, sanitation facilities, and hygiene promotion). 993,141 beneficiaries in humanitarian aid, disaster response and disaster risk reduction programming. Democratic republic of congo, haiti, indonesia, kenya, sudan, south sudan, nepal, iraq, jordan, pakistan, somaliland, syria, turkey, and yemen. Church empowerment and local partner strengthening: world relief approaches development through our integral mission model, which empowers local churches and other community organizations to serve the most vulnerable in their communities. Several countries have established church empowerment zones (cezs) which provide the foundation for many of the services provided within the various other sectors. In some areas where there is "no church", this looks different. World relief is currently developing methodology for how to contextualize the integral mission model within these contexts. 3,589 local churches and partner organizations supported; 8,435 people trained using world relief integral curriculum burundi, cambodia, democratic republic of congo, haiti, indonesia, kenya, malawi, mozambique, rwanda, south sudan, jordan, pakistan, syria, and turkey. Economic development: programs in this sector include savings for life, microfinance & business, and job training & livelihood. The savings for life (sfl) program forms and trains savings groups that allow members economic opportunities to grow assets, access micro loans, and provide a buffer to smooth seasonal family income. Sfl has been well-integrated within church empowerment zones and is prevalent in most countries in the developing countries cluster. Within the humanitarian and disaster response cluster, there are some opportunities to build savings for life programs, as well as livelihoods activities. Wr continues to provide technical support to several microfinance institutions in drc and burundi. 457,510 clients provided with microfinance services and 270,426 cumulative savings group members. Burundi, cambodia, democratic republic of congo, haiti, kenya, malawi, mozambique, rwanda, and south sudan. Hiv/aids: hiv/aids prevention and support is woven into many of our health and family strengthening programs, providing education for youth and adults and support for people living with hiv/aids and their families. 42,267 people served through hiv/aids programming. 2,234 people underwent training in hiv/aids related curriculum, 13,205 youth reached with prevention messages, 14,131 referrals for counselling and hiv testing. Burundi, cambodia, democratic republic of congo, haiti, india, indonesia, kenya, malawi, rwanda, south sudan, and sudanintegrated programming: in the developing countries cluster, many health and nutrition, child development and church empowerment zone programs are carried out within the integral mission framework, working alongside the local church. 8,435 people trained using world relief integral curriculum burundi, cambodia, democratic republic of congo, haiti, indonesia, kenya, malawi, mozambique, rwanda, south sudan, jordan, pakistan, syria, and turkey.