Samaritan’s Purse Blog

Setting it Straight

Miracle at Pioneer Christian Hospital

Elliott Tenpenny moved to Impfondo, Republic of the Congo, last year with his wife and two sons to serve with World Medical Mission as an emergency medicine physician at Pioneer Christian Hospital. It’s challenging to live with an obvious malformation in a society that bases much on appearance. A shy, young man and his parents recently showed up at our hospital clinic looking for help with just such a problem. Since birth, his right leg had been bent inward. He had been able to walk, but he … [Read more...]

Protection from Gender-Based Violence

Protection from Gender Based Violence

Roseline Guillaume participated in trainings, forums, and workshops as part of a program that works to see positive changes in relationships between men and women in Haiti. Before I started attending the training offered by the Samaritan’s Purse gender protection program, I had an unhealthy relationship with my husband. It was common for people to gather and watch as my husband verbally and physically abused me. No matter what I did, he found a reason to blame me. One day, someone from … [Read more...]

Life After Losing my Wife

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Simon Matinibe is a 50-year-old widower who received aid from Samaritan’s Purse. My wife and I used to live with our three children in a village called Kivigolo in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. I was a teacher at the local church, and we made our living from growing food and raising livestock. When the Lord’s Resistance Army—a local rebel group—attacked our village, we fled to Faradje, a town about 15 miles away. My wife was pregnant, and she became sick. We spent a lot of time at … [Read more...]

Household Water Filters Provide a Better Life

Household Water Filters Provide a Better Life

Pek San is a 65-year-old farmer from Cambodia. I used to drink boiled water from the pond. My family spent a lot of money to buy firewood and a lot of time to find it. We knew that drinking dirty water was unsafe. We spent around $40 to $50 per year on medicine, and sometimes we had to spend money to buy water for ourselves and for our son, who is a monk. One day the village leader came to my house and told me that an organization had come to our village and was providing household … [Read more...]

Toilets for Displaced Yazidis in Northern Iraq

Toilets for Displaced Yazidis in Northern Iraq

M.F.* is the Samaritan’s Purse water, sanitation, and hygiene program manager in Northern Iraq. In late January, I was deployed by Samaritan’s Purse to Northern Iraq to perform a rapid assessment and design a water, sanitation, and hygiene program to aid people who have fled from ISIS. I’m currently working in Dohuk, which is a city approximately 25 miles from Mosul. Hundreds of thousands of people have fled to this area where they are living in camps and unfinished buildings. Many of them … [Read more...]

The Need and the Solution

World Water Day

How many people in the world are living without access to clean water? Who bears the burden when clean water is not available? What problems arise when clean water is not available? Globally, approximately 748 million people do not have access to improved water sources. [Click here for examples of improved and unimproved water sources.] More than 500,000 people die each year from diarrheal diseases caused by unclean water, inadequate sanitation, and poor hygiene habits. The majority of … [Read more...]

Medical Missions in Eastern Samar

Medical Missions in Eastern Samar

Thessa Lou Nejudne is a registered nurse who worked with Samaritan’s Purse after Typhoon Hagupit hit the Philippines in December 2014. “For you, brethren, have been called to liberty; only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another” (Galatians 5:13, NKJV). On the ninth day of December, our team traveled nine hours to the eastern part of Samar. It was the area worst hit by Typhoon Hagupit. The roads were bumpy and eroded. One bridge linking to the … [Read more...]

Bringing the Australian Acacia to Niger

Bringing the Australian Acacia to Niger

Amanda Patterson is a communications intern with Samaritan’s Purse Niger. The air is dry and hot, about 100 degrees on a sun-drenched afternoon in central Niger. The Samaritan’s Purse team has traveled for many hours to this region, whose upper corners touch the southerly shifting Saharan sands. At first glance, the ground looks parched. Thirsty and tired, it looks as if this ancient terrain has no more life to give beneath its blistered surface. But as we pull up to a village where the … [Read more...]

Milk from Goats

Milk from Goats

Zacharia Mwasaru is a livestock field officer with Samaritan’s Purse is Kwale, Kenya It’s mid-morning, and I’m on my way to Kambingu village in Kwale County, Kenya, to do a routine follow-up. I arrive at Kadzo Mwakupha’s home and see her approaching an adjacent shelter with a blue plastic cup in her hand. She’s milking her goat to prepare tea for her daughter-in-law and three grandchildren. Kadzo is a 52-year-old widow with eight children and three grandchildren. She cultivates … [Read more...]

The Value of Affirmation

The Value of Affirmation

Jerilyn Cox worked with Samaritan’s Purse as a Medical/Maternal and Child Health Intern When was the last time that you, unbidden, affirmed someone in your life? My mentor during college used to encourage us to “eulogize people while they’re still alive.” It’s so easy for us to go through life with our heads down, inwardly focused on our own issues. If I’m not careful, that’s certainly my default. Several weeks ago I was worrying about future plans and talking with some of our Haitian … [Read more...]