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Following the Taliban take-over in August of 2021, many peoples in Afghanistan are at risk of violence and persecution. Thousands of refugees crossed land borders into neighbouring countries like Pakistan seeking safety. Others are internally displaced and are in a perilous situation in Afghanistan. Recent reports suggest that half the remaining population of Afghanistan is struggling to find food and other basic necessities. Partners International is working in both Pakistan and Afghanistan to provide food, clothing, accommodations and other necessities to Afghan peoples. Our relief program also provides start-up funds and training for families to run a vegetable push-cart business. The individuals that have received the vegetable carts have begun to earn enough to support themselves and their families.
Namibia is suffering through the worst long-term drought in 90 years. It is so severe that way back in June of 2019 the president declared a state of emergency. Since then, conditions have only deteriorated. The drought is causing the death of wildlife and the displacement of people. Namibians are resilient but these and other challenges are insurmountable for those facing starvation. Namibia has one of the highest states of economic inequality in the world. Its extreme poverty rate is projected to rise to 18.9% in 2022 (World Bank). Unemployment is high and particularly affects women (38%) and young people (43%). Around 15% of the adult population is infected with the AIDS virus. The economy is in freefall, shrinking by almost 10% in the last two years. Covid-19 is only adding to the challenges. In March of 2021 starving Himba tribespeople people started arriving out of the Kalahari desert seeking care in Namibia. We are providing life-saving nutrition and medical support to these people.
Your gift today will build the church by training and equipping Christian leaders to bring hope and transformation to their communities. Key programs include: support for evangelists, support for vulnerable children, unreached people group church planting projects, 'barefoot preacher' training, and our "Adopt A Village" program that supports couples who are bi-vocational church planters and community developers. The work now has 683 churches and house fellowships with 95 new vibrant communities of faith established over 12 months.
There are thousands of villages scattered along Brazil’s coastline and in the Amazon Basin. These communities are only accessible by boat and are inhabited by people who have never heard the gospel. They are home to fishermen and their families. The water sustains them — but just barely. They are isolated from the education, medical care and gainful employment they need to improve their lives. As a result, many families are caught in a cycle of poverty and there are desperate substance abuse issues.
Our local partner in Brazil has a team of 162 missionaries who serve these remote fishing villages. Our missionaries lead with the gospel and follow up with practical care such as medical teams and support for vulnerable children. The ministry pioneers new fields, calls the Brazilian church to follow, hands over the ministry, and moves on to new frontiers. Over the last 30 years this has led to tremendous growth and expanded vision.
The complex political and religious environment in Cuba continues to make life difficult for Cubans and the local church. With the global pandemic, the situation has become worse with greater shortages of food and basic necessities.
Despite the ongoing challenges, our local partner in Cuba has continued to grow and many people accept the promise of new life in Jesus. We supports a group of more than 1,500 committed church leaders who are bringing the Gospel and serving their communities in practical ways. They are also equipping the next generation of believers by providing Missionary Training, which has resulted in a dynamic movement of new disciples.
Your contribution to Cuba allows our local partners to continue to carry on church planting activities, leadership training and disaster relief.
This past year has been difficult with the outbreak of Covid-19 as our local partners navigate how to continue doing ministry in this new era. Your gift helps provide people who live in extreme poverty life saving measures as they deal with Covid-19.
The Mahima Homes ministry consists of several care homes that provide restoration and reintegration programs for individuals rescued from the sex trade. Support at the homes includes medical care, legal aid, and counselling and facilitates healing, the creation of new lifestyle patterns, and prepares them to re-enter society. This ministry reduces the incidence of child trafficking in Kolkata brothels.
Your gift today will help to build the church by training and equipping Christian leaders to bring hope and transformation to their communities within the Middle East including countries like Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, and Jordan.
This region can be a challenging and dangerous context surrounded by turmoil and constant instability. Our local partners on the ground are committed to bringing the Good News to all people and bring help and support to hurting communities.