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From Poverty to Happiness

From Poverty to Happiness

Ly Hun lives in a small village in northwestern Cambodia. Samaritan’s Purse gave BioSand water filters to several members of his community. Before I received the BioSand filter, I spent a lot of money on drinking water. When Samaritan’s Purse came to my village to install the filters, I was eager to try it. The filter sifts water through sand and gravel to remove contaminates. Now I save 360,000 Riel (around $88) per month from not having to buy water. I know the filter is important for … [Read more...]

A New Livelihood in Old Age

A New Livelihood in Old Age

Meda Paganda lives in the Democratic Republic of the Congo with her husband and seven children. They recently received goats from Samaritan’s Purse. After the Second Congo War ended in 2003, fighting continued between various groups. Because of the violence surrounding the rebellion, my husband, our children, and I had to flee our home. After that, we lived off of subsistence farming and raising chickens. We tried to rebuild our lives, but another war came in 2013. We were stripped of … [Read more...]

Making Memories Real

Making Memories Real

Cliff and his wife, Joan, are Samaritan’s Purse supporters. This past Christmas, they decided to involve their grandchildren. We had a family reunion in December at a mountain retreat in the Colorado Rockies and wanted to make it a really special time that all would remember. My wife and I have five children and nine grandchildren. The youngest is only a few weeks old, while the other grandchildren range from 7 to 14. One day, a Samaritan’s Purse catalog came in the mail. It offered gifts … [Read more...]

Feeding Hungry Families Through Nutrition and Agriculture

Nutrition and Agriculture Feed Hungry Families

Marie Hanyie is a 23-year-old mother of four in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. A Samaritan’s Purse program is helping her provide for her children. I have four children, and they’re repeatedly malnourished. They’re close in age, and there’s not enough food in our household. We have such trouble taking care of ourselves because the war stripped us of all our property and put our lives on a decline. Recently I met a Samaritan’s Purse team that supports Nyankunde Hospital. Thanks to … [Read more...]

Creating Equality in Women’s Health

Creating Equality in Women's Health

Today is Blog Action Day, which focuses on bringing together bloggers from different areas to write about an important global topic on the same day. Cindy Uttley, the community health advisor for Samaritan’s Purse, writes about the inequality women in developing countries face while seeking medical care. Moving with my family to Bangladesh as an 8-year-old girl was my first introduction to the inequities of this world. I remember walking to school, passing girls my age and younger … [Read more...]

Winter is Coming for Displaced Iraqis

Winter is Coming for Displaced Iraqis

Written by a Samaritan’s Purse staff member in Iraq Our Samaritan’s Purse team in northern Iraq has been distributing kerosene heaters and blankets to refugees who fled to Duhok, a mountain-encircled city in the Autonomous Republic of Kurdistan. We discovered a whole village of Chaldean Christians who had found shelter in one of the public buildings. There were nursing women, turbaned men, and cavorting children. Families sat on thin mattresses strewn across the marble floors, with … [Read more...]

Faith Will Burst Out

It will Burst Out

Alan Bobbett is the Samaritan's Purse Country Director in Niger We've been traveling around some of the remote areas in Niger where Samaritan’s Purse is working and have stopped at a tiny village. One of our community development agents, Hama*, lives in this village with his wife, Mariama*, and their new child. We have workers like them who live and work in small communities throughout Niger. Niger is a landlocked West African country continually ranked as one of the poorest in the world. … [Read more...]

Well Repair Leads to Living Water

Revealing God Through Clean Water

Elijah Kihara is the Samaritan's Purse water, sanitation, and hygiene program manager in Kitui, Kenya. When my team found out that a shallow well in Nguuni had broken down, we went to the small village to fix the problem. When the well was drilled in 2004, the community elected a man to be the chairman of the water source. He and others on the committee were supposed to manage and maintain the well. As we were busy working, the chairman arrived and asked us to stop briefly so that he could … [Read more...]

The First Day of School

First Day of School at Greta Academy

Jessica Langevin is the project coordinator for the Greta Home and Academy in Haiti As a child, the first day of school was always my favorite day. I have vivid memories of waking up extra early, packing my lunchbox, and putting on a new pair of shoes and my backpack. I begged my mom to get ready so we could get in the car and start the day. I couldn’t wait to meet my new teacher, see if I was sitting next to my best friend, and reunite with familiar classmates. I was ready to learn, … [Read more...]

God’s Glory Reigns

God's Glory Reigns

Written by Samaritan's Purse staff in South Sudan It’s an unlikely scenario: people from various tribes coming together to seek God’s face for peace in their country. It’s a story about South Sudan that likely won’t be on the cover of newspapers or making media headlines, as fighting and food insecurity continue to be the most popular topics. However, this gathering of people is happening, and it’s a story that should be shared. It’s one that brings glory to The Maker of the Universe … [Read more...]