We continue to closely monitor and actively respond to COVID-19 around the world.
As awareness of the global pandemic grows in our North American context, please remember World Renew has an active and ongoing presence in over 30 countries currently impacted by COVID-19. During this challenging period of history, World Renew, our partners, and communities must join in efforts to slow the transmission and continue to work with the vulnerable and poor. While governments in developed nations turn their primary attention to protecting their citizens and economies, we are deeply concerned with those forgotten communities of the displaced and the poor.With poor hygiene conditions, malnutrition and hunger, these communities are more vulnerable. Health care systems vary in quality and access throughout the world are often minimal for those displaced or poor.
Your support to the COVID-19 response will help to continue World Renew’s life-saving programming with these vulnerable communities and support efforts to educate and reduce the transmission of COVID-19.
As the situation progresses, World Renew will use this page to provide regular updates on the use of funds and the stories of hope occurring throughout the world. For stories of hope occurring throughout the world and additional giving and prayer opportunities, please visit our Moment of Hope community:
With the shift to remote work for our home office staff, donation receipting is slightly delayed. Thank you for your patience and understanding during this season.
Your choice to practice social distancing and minimize physical contact with others is the greatest act of love and care you can give to fight this virus. Minimizing physical contact during this time protects the vulnerable, slows the spread of the virus both locally and globally, and saves lives. Take initiative and self-isolate if you have recently travelled or been in contact with someone who has COVID-19.
For ongoing updates, we refer you to the information provided by national public health organizations like Canada Public Health Services, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the World Health Organization.
The IRM and DRS Recruitment Tour has officially been cancelled. Our staff is still eager to field all volunteer inquiries and happy to send you additional materials on these volunteer experiences. You can request those materials here.
All international summer trips with the Global Volunteer Program, including our Embark Trip, Educators Trip, and Cambodia Discovery Tour have been cancelled. If this impacts your plans, contact us here. For fall trips, we continue to monitor the situation as it unfolds and ask that you wait until your trip is 6-weeks out prior to contacting us for an update. With the situation of the outbreak still emerging, we will not be able to give you an accurate sense of World Renew’s response until that time.
All DRS trips through June 1, 2020 have been cancelled. If this impacts your plans, contact us here. For DRS trips into the summer, planning for all long-term trips has been postponed. For updates on your one-week trips scheduled throughout the summer, we are continuing to monitor the situation and ask that you check back with us in late April. With the situation of the outbreak still emerging, we will not be able to give you an accurate status update until that time.
The Connections Tours for Malawi, Guatemala, and Bangladesh have officially been cancelled. The same is true for Leanne Geisterfer’s farewell tour. For the tours for Kenya, and Uganda, the situation is being closely monitored. If you would like to explore digital alternatives for connecting World Renew field staff with your church during this season, please contact us here.
World Renew understands that with the shifts brought on by the virus outbreak, giving must be engaged mindfully. Our donor relations managers are here to walk through any questions or concerns you may have and you can set up a time to chat with them personally here.
World Renew works in 32 countries worldwide, and we have started receiving donations to address the virus in our work around the world. In addition, we are doing all that we can to keep communities safe and take the precautions needed to ensure the health of those around us. We are adhering to the recommended international, national, local, and denominational guidelines, and we are eager not only to resume our work as usual, but mitigating the effects of the virus where we can. Please join with us with your prayers and support for those most impacted by this disease and for a timely cure.
For any other questions, we continually monitor [email protected] You and your loved ones are being held near in our thoughts, and we welcome the chance to address any concerns you have. In addition, Diaconal Ministries Canada has provided resources for deacons and churches looking to support their communities in this crisis.
In early April, World Renew paused all disaster response deliveries to the Rohingya people until mid-May to slow transmission of coronavirus and protect the Rohingya population. On May 14, the UN confirmed the first two cases of COVID-19 in the Rohingya refugee camps near Cox’s Bazar, triggering concern and response from humanitarian organizations around the world.
As part of those responses, World Renew re-commenced our work on May 11 as planned, bringing vital food supplies to families desperate for support. Our staff and partner colleagues continue to coordinate our efforts with the UN and local government structures as well as international NGOS to coordinate our response.
To read the full memo, please click here.
Rekindling Hope: Food Packages Help Families in the Philippines World Renew, through funding received from the ACT Alliance