"For a long time our parents have lived here and we have not drank from pump water. We drank from the creek. We would suffer from diarrhoea and stomach running because of the creek. That's why we thank you for the pump water that you have built here. So we say thank you." Community members share that they have experienced significant health improvements since the new well was constructed in January 2016. The well is benefitting over 500 people living in Wompukai, Liberia
"The well is a great help to these people and an encouragement for them. We are working at installing motorized wells that have high-pressure taps to make collecting water easier and faster. Together we appoint locals to form a water committee to learn how to care for the well and know what to do if any issue arises. This ensures its longevity. Thanks to our partnership with Canadians we can provide this valuable resource." - PJ Thomas, Director of our partner on the ground in India
“The team at the rehabilitation centre showed patience and love towards me, which made me believe that there is a light within the darkness. The unconditional love of God and the understanding and acceptance of Godly people were healing my heart and changing my view of myself.” - Veronica, Moldova
"We started the widow program by fasting once a month and donating the food money we saved to several widows we knew needed help. Still today it is considered unlucky to have a widow in your house. It is also taught never to look at a widow in the morning or you will have bad luck all day. We know as Christians this is not how it should be. God said to care for the widows and orphans. So we give special care to widows." - Bhim Lal Tamang, Director of Good Friends of Nepal (GFN)
“We are so grateful to you for drawing our attention to how we can come out of debt and live prosperous lives. Through this program’s efforts and guidance our group of about 50 families have developed a loose co-operative. We have started making small savings and pooled the money. We have purchased a three-wheeler motorcycle taxi and have given it out for rent. This has started making income on a daily basis.” Brick Kiln workers in Pakistan
"As a child, I saw my mother sick often. I thought if I became a nurse then I could take care of my mother. I have worked at the Clinic for 8 years. For us it is not a matter of money, it is the passion we have for nursing. Each day we laugh and stay together as a family here, it's a partnership and we have friendship. Since the Ebola Crisis, we have upgraded our systems and our standards have increased." - Helena Kpalleh, a nurse with our partner in Liberia
“I am Loksmi. My mom works in the tea garden and my dad is a day labour. We are very happy and I don’t have any language to express my feeling to get the mosquito nets. They help a lot to protect us from malaria and sickness. Tea garden has too much mosquito around and it is very hard for us to buy mosquito nets. We want to thank Partners International for the mosquito nets in this critical moment. They save my family from the danger of malaria. I think it is an abundant blessing from God and you are like an angel for my family.” Loksmi, Bangladesh
James is a missionary serving his people in the upper East region of Ghana. He oversees two churches and also has a farm where he harvests maize and rice. James received a gift of a cow and plough. He says, “I am grateful for my bullocks and plow. Now not only am I able to feed my immediate family but also my deceased brother’s family of five.” James is also a happy father with peace of mind regarding the payment of his three children’s school fees. He also uses his bullocks to plow the fields of impoverished church members and relatives without charging any fees.
“My name is ‘M*’ and I am 62 years old. My profession was a labourer on daily wages. I used to lift bricks to the mason. I have three daughters and one son. Two years I was hit by a car and got severe hip fracture which put me in bed for six months. After that, I was unable to do any kind of work. We are a poor family, so it became hard for me to feed my family. One day I heard about a goat bank project through our village church committee. So I was given one pregnant goat to care for. Now I have four goats. I returned the first mother goat to Dariya and sold one goat for 10,000 rupees. Presently I have a bank of four goats, which not only provide us milk but give me in my disability my own small business. I am planning to raise more goats so I can save some money for my daughter’s wedding." - Central Asia, *name protected for security reasons
“Before we came to know God, we had a disastrous life, submerged in alcohol, problems and fights with the family. Thanks to the orientation and teaching from the Quechua Literacy project and the facilitators we have left our old way of life. Now we are transformed into a new life in Christ and we go to church regularly.” - Leoncio and Zenobia a couple in Bolivia
Our literacy workers, like Nelly in Bolivia pictured above, go above and beyond just teaching. They serve and love the people they are in contact with sharing the message and love of Jesus always. This is what brings transformation in people’s lives.