Tailoring Success

We visited ACHAMA's third site today. The visit began with a walk through the communities we hear about and see so often in the news: life on a dollar a day. It's where many of the ACHAMA girls' lives begin. At the site, a group of girls are acquiring tailoring skills using sewing machines donated by World Renew. At the moment, they are busy working to fill a significantly large order...

Soap and Sugar: Entrepreneurs of Dar es Salaam!

We visited the second site of ACHAMA's work to free girls from sex work and heard a wonderful story. A group of them had learned how to make soap products through ACHAMA's program. With the revenue from that enterprise they shifted their attention to selling sugar. It has been so successful that they have now established a bank account and have plans to expand. They...

With love and care, little by little, lives can be rebuilt on a foundation of trust, hope, and the security of employment.


Today was a difficult one for our team. We visited a site where World Renew and ACHAMA (our local partner) work to rescue and rehabilitate girls from the sex trade.

The girls were very young, mostly between 15 and 17 years old. The youngest girl to enter the program was 9. One story in particular was...

Welcome to our blog! We are on a two week trip to Tanzania and Kenya to visit several World Renew projects. Some of the projects we will be visiting include: sex-work interventions, health programs, and agriculture programs. BUT, we also have a guest author writing many of these blog entries.

Calvin College and Vermont College of Fine Arts graduate and established author, Larissa...

Earlier this month, we had the opportunity to visit the World Renew team in Mali. We greatly enjoyed experiencing another culture and country. The World Renew team has a health education program that they help facilitate in the churches in Mali. The program is very different from the one in Dakar. We were there to A) see how the program worked there, B) see the material they use for the curriculum, and C) give any...

Dear friends and family,

   I want to share a short update with you on how my preparations are going. First, I have a departure date! I’m planning on leaving for Honduras on Saturday, October 22. This is only two weeks away! I’m starting to feel nervous but also quite excited. This past Sunday, my family and friends from Voyage Church gathered around me to pray over my trip, as seen in the picture. I’m so glad that I...

The 5 month dry season was broken this morning with the pitter patter of rain on our metal roof.  This sound is exciting for all the farming communities in our region and especially those communities where World Renew has been teaching Conservation Agriculture.  The farmers who were trained have received seeds and now will start to plant green manure cover crops along with the staple crops of corn and cassava.  The rains are also exciting for Phil as...

            A new month has started and we’re into a new program year. This program year will see many alterations due to funding changes and it will be interesting to see those modifications unfold. We’re enjoying life back in our little office and are extremely thankful for two ceiling fans and four large windows. We have given up trying to smell nice as every day and night involves constantly sweating. The only thing that brings...

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