World Vision, a Christian humanitarian organization and one of the largest charities in the world, is participating in a program called ‘DreamJobbing,’ which allows individuals to apply to perform their ‘dream job’ for a short period of time — typically two or three weeks, according to the Christian Post. Applicants submit a 60-second video explaining why they should be chosen for the ‘humanitarian storyteller’ job, and the winner will get to witness World Vision’s clean water and sanitation programs in Kenya, then communicate the story through several creative mediums. The experience will also be shared as part of a ‘DreamJobbing’ television show later on. To learn more visit http://dreamjobbing.com/dreamjobs/WorldVision.
Christian nonprofit Compassion International has released its 2013-2014 annual report, detailing its extensive missionary work around the world. According to Christianity Today, the report states 122,588 children and adults came to Christ in the past year through Compassion’s work, and the organization partnered with more than 6500 churches to provide its humanitarian programs. Also included in the report are statistics on the number of individuals benefitting from specific programs, including 1.4 million children in the child sponsorship program, and more than 29,000 individuals in the child survival program, which provides medical care and nutritional support to mothers and babies.
A record number of 10.4 million shoeboxes filled with toys and gifts for children around the world were donated during the 2014 Christmas season through Operation Christmas Child, surpassing the organization’s goal of 10 million. The Christian Examiner reports the annual campaign through nonprofit Samaritan’s Purse sent gifts to children in more than 100 countries, and approximately 8 million of the boxes came from the United States. Samaritan’s Purse has sent 124 million shoeboxes to children internationally since 1993.
ChildFund International, a global child development and protection agency, announced in a recent news release it has been recognized by AirLink as the recipient of its 2014 NGO Partner of the Year Award. AirLink, a 24/7 rapid response disaster and humanitarian relief organization, bestowed the award to ChildFund for its Ebola relief efforts. The nonprofit airlifted three shipments of medical supplies to west Africa and was the first organization to open a care center in Libera for children who have lost parents or caregivers to the disease. ChildFund International currently serves 18.2 million children and family members across 30 countries.
Stephen Bauman, CEO of nonprofit World Relief told Christian Post politics in an interview at The Justice Conference in 2013 that Western Christians need to let go of the ‘white savior’ image when trying to aid the poor in other countries. Western missionaries often get caught in the trap of perpetuating the power gap by assuming the role of an authority figure rather than a friend, he says. “Too few who work in relief efforts are talking about transferring power,” Bauman continued. Empowering those who already live in the places Westerners are trying to serve is a much more long-lasting and respectful way to help those communities.