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Fun times at Camp Hope in Ecuador! Many of the children living at Camp Hope would be suffering in isolation – hidden away in their homes by ashamed parents who can’t afford the demands of their care, or simply abandoned to the streets – if not for this Christian shelter for physically and mentally handicapped ...

Life as a Restavek

27. October 2011 Haiti, human rights 0
One of my favorite Cross-supported projects in Haiti is a specialized education program for restavek children. Together with our ministry partner Mission Evangelique Baptiste Du Su D’Haiti (MEBSH), we support 49 literacy centers throughout southern Haiti! (Restaveks, or children working as indentured servants for a host family, are routinely denied the opportunity to attend school. ...

Christ at the center

17. May 2011 Asia, human rights 0
It’s not often that I hear someone ask whether they should have flown west instead of east to visit our office. But when you live on the opposite side of the world, it’s a valid question. Cross partner Ruth Callanta stopped in this week to promote her Christ-centered approach to serving the poorest of the ...

A Time to Reflect On Sacrifice

A few days ago, we celebrated Jesus’ joyous entrance into Jerusalem on that long-ago Palm Sunday. Now are we in the middle of the days preceding Christ’s death on the cross and subsequent resurrection on Easter Sunday. It’s amazing how the events of one week have had a colossal impact on history and on our ...

Help Women, Fight Poverty

Last week marked International Women’s Day, a global celebration of women and their contributions to society. This year’s celebration was especially meaningful because it also marked the holiday’s 100th anniversary. As hundreds of media outlets around the world took stalk of the impressive social, economic, and political achievements by and for women since 1911, many ...

Reacting to Injustice

The recent conflicts in countries throughout the Middle East offer a glimpse of what can happen when people feel they’ve been treated unjustly. The result of perceived injustice can range from peaceful protests that bring about change to dangerous riots or clashes between citizens and the government. As it does on so many topics, the ...

Global Poverty: down but not out

Looking toward the future, there is some really good news for the developing world…but also some really bad news. First the good. The often-cited statistic of over 1.3 billion people in extreme poverty worldwide has been updated, and it’s gotten a lot smaller. Nearly half a billion smaller! Researchers from the Brookings Institution estimate a ...

Celebrating Human Rights

This week marks the 60th anniversary of Human Rights Day, a holiday celebrated internationally to promote human dignity and the belief that everyone deserves certain basic freedoms. Human Rights Day was created in 1950 to commemorate the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which was adopted two years earlier on December 10. The declaration ...