World Vision Canada has announced that Michael Messenger will be taking over as the organization’s President and CEO June 1, 2015 after its current leader, Dave Toycen, retires. Messenger has a deep connection to the organization, as he worked with World Vision Canada for years, starting as an intern right out of college and serving there from 1990 until 1995 before pursuing a career in law. He returned to World Vision Canada in 2007 as Vice President of Public Affairs and became CEO and EVP in 2010. “I am happy to have the chance to contribute to an even greater extent to our vision, which I find so compelling,” Messenger said to Inside Halton.
In the wake of the recent devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake in Nepal, Convoy of Hope, a humanitarian organization that seeks to feed the hungry around the world, is sending a disaster services team along with equipment and supplies to provide aid to the country. The earthquake has killed thousands, and Springfield, Mo.-based Convoy of Hope is working with a network of 100 churches and organization to lend support for medical care, food, water and shelter to those impacted by the quake. Jeff Nene, a spokesperson for the organization, was interviewed by KSMU, Ozarks Public Radio, to explain more about what Convoy of Hope is doing to help and how people can be involved.
Archbishop of Nyeri, Kenya, Peter Kairo congratulated the work of Catholic Relief Services (CRS) East Africa Region in Kenya at the CRS golden jubilee celebrations April 22, 2015 for its 50 years of service in the area. He commended CRS for growing and reinforcing Catholic values and institutions in East Africa, as the organization has offered trainings directly and indirectly to employees implementation CRS programs and and church leaders in policy and governance issues, Vatican Radio reports The Catholic Church has provided much support to Kenya through its missions in education, evangelism and health over the last 100 years.
Food for the Hungry, which provides emergency relief and development programs in more than 20 countries around the world, announced it has added two new members to its Board of Directors. Paul M. Graves and Alan F. Holmer will join the board, each seasoned in board leadership, business strategy and brand innovation, according to a release distributed by the organization. Graves is principal of See Seven, a Seattle-based management consulting and brand strategy company, and Holmer has more than 20 years of business leadership experience, including positions at the U.S. Treasury Department, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, the Commerce Department, and the White House. He also served as president and CEO of PhRMA for almost 10 years.
Lutheran World Relief Receives $350,000 From Starbucks Foundation to Support Coffee Farmer Livelihoods in Colombia
Lutheran World Relief (LWR), which aims to improve the lives of smallholder farmers and people experiencing poverty in Africa, Asia and Latin America, has received a $350,000 grant from the Starbucks Foundation to support coffee farmers in Columbia, according to a news release from LWR. Climate change and poor community hygiene and sanitation are detrimental to the ecosystem coffee growers depend on, and as a result, farmers turn to less sustainable methods to continue to make a living, which further deteriorates the environment. LWR’s project, Pro-Café: Protecting Ecosystem Services for Sustainable Coffee Livelihoods, aims to break the cycle by investing in both the area and the farmers and create sustainability by improving water quality and introducing climate-smart agricultural practices.