Samaritan’s Purse Blog

The Fight Against Domestic Violence

Fighting Against Domestic Violence

Eugenia Lopez is a social worker with Samaritan’s Purse in Bolivia. The Sachojere community in Bolivia is made up of about 500 people, most of whom are farmers. The community is male-dominated, and there is a lot of domestic violence. Samaritan’s Purse has been working to promote family wellbeing in Sachojere for more than a year. We’ve taught a series of workshops and worked with local authorities to streamline the process of handling cases of domestic violence. Since we believe that … [Read more...]

Health Education for a Single Mother

Health Education for a Single Mother

Beatrice Dwalina is a 26-year-old mother of three who has learned from Samaritan’s Purse how to better feed her family. My family was greatly affected by the 2002 war in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Everything we once owned got destroyed. We’ve been displaced quite a few times, from Talolo to Mambasa, a distance of more than 200 kilometers. We’ve been trying to return but haven’t made it there yet. Right now, we’re settled in Marabo where we live in a house owned by someone … [Read more...]

Mahamadou’s Garden

Mahamadou’s Garden

Amanda Patterson is a communications intern with Samaritan’s Purse in Niger. The story of creation and the Garden of Eden was one of my favorite Bible stories growing up. In many ways, it still is one of my favorites. God’s creation, the big and the small, is so intriguing, so rejuvenating, and so clearly screams His Name: “The heavens declare the glory of God; And the firmament shows His handiwork … their line has gone out through all the earth, And their words to the end of the world,” … [Read more...]

Pampering Dogs for Clean Water

Pampering Dogs for Clean Water

Jenny H. lives in Michigan with her husband, Chris, and three children, Alexander, Rebecca, and Samantha. Recently, the family raised money in support of freshwater wells. We have found that our children can have fun doing just about anything, especially serving. So when a dear friend told us about a service project their family did that was centered on Matthew 25:35-40, our kids were excited to do it too. We focused on a different portion of the Scripture each week for six weeks and talked … [Read more...]

Shelter from the Storm

Shelter from the Storm

Rebekah Price is the information officer for Samaritan’s Purse in the Philippines. The sun was shining, but dark clouds hung in the sky as we bounced down the road to Atipolo. As is typical when traveling to communities in the Philippines outside of larger cities, the road alternated between concrete and gravel, with many areas suffering from washout. Through rice fields and out into an area spotted with palm trees, bamboo, and other vegetation, we carried on until we reached Atipolo, … [Read more...]

Teaching Mothers About Health

Teaching Mothers About Health

Jerilyn Cox is an intern with Samaritan’s Purse in Haiti. Excitement stirred in the Haitian afternoon heat as the group of women in red T-shirts began emerging from the back room wearing costumes and carrying props. They giggled and whispered to each other as the audience waited for what would happen next. A woman dressed in a purple shirt and white headscarf took center stage as a “set in her ways” mother with a sickly, underweight baby represented by a small teddy bear. She sat down and … [Read more...]

Thankful in Tamou

Thankful in Tamou

Daouda Jacques is the Livestock Supervisor with Samaritan’s Purse in Niger Working on this project has brought a lot of change and blessings in my life. I was born and raised in Niamey, the capital and most developed city in Niger. After joining Samaritan’s Purse in 2012, I moved one and a half hours outside of Niamey to the community of Tamou. Tamou is in the countryside, and my home is not too far away from the five villages I interact and work with each day. Adapting to rural life was … [Read more...]

A New Normal

A New Normal

Bev Kauffeldt is the Liberia Ebola response team lead and is married to country director Kendall For many of us in Liberia with Samaritan’s Purse, our lives have changed in ways we never could have imagined. We’ve gone through literally world-changing experiences, and all of us are trying to find our new normal. In June, I was training for the Liberia marathon—then Ebola came back in force. Apart from the daily exhausting emotional grind of fighting the virus, there was a new … [Read more...]

The Water They Have Always Known

The Water They Have Always Known

Elizabeth Kanda is the WASH Health Promoter in Kwale, Kenya I was in Kwale, Kenya, monitoring the BioSand household water filters that Samaritan’s Purse had installed when I noticed a group of women walking down a narrow path carrying buckets. I finished checking the status of the filter in the house I had entered and then walked down the same path after the women. They were headed toward a waterhole used by most of the village. This is the source they have used all of their lives. They … [Read more...]

Flying Supplies to South Sudan

Refugee Relief, Food Distributions

Kevin Stratton is a pilot with Missionary Flights International who served with Samaritan’s Purse for a month in Africa. I volunteered to go to Africa to fly immediately after I was told about the opportunity. When my wife and I first felt God's call into mission aviation, we believed He was calling our family to serve Him overseas. That obviously was not what He intended, and we’re blessed to be able to serve at Missionary Flights International in Florida. However, a short-term opportunity … [Read more...]