“One of the largest relief and development organizations in the world, World Vision aims to combat water shortages and health-compromising sanitation practices such as open defecation. World Toilet Day, coming up on November 19, is a prime opportunity to examine these types of initiatives — and the partnerships that make them possible,” Mashable reports. “To effectively enact change on a mass scale — the organization aims to improve the lives of 50 million people by 2030 — World Vision employs a number of partnerships. The organization works with major corporations like the Hilton Foundation, Procter & Gamble, and Kohler. Support from these partnerships helps meet objectives like bringing improved water and sanitation systems to 3,000 healthcare facilities in the next five years.”
“Disaster relief work has become the top priority of Catholic Charities USA, the agency’s president told the fall general assembly of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishop,” according to Catholic News Service. “This fall’s onslaught of destructive hurricanes -– Harvey in Texas, Irma in Florida and Maria in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands –- has caused the agency to shift its priorities in the short-term toward aiding people who have lost homes and livelihoods, Dominican Sister Donna Markham said Nov. 13 in a report on agency activities. While she reported that the agency has collected $21 million from donors for hurricane relief since early September, she said millions of dollars more are needed because of the widespread devastation in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, which will take years to rebuild. Through early November, Catholic Charities USA had distributed $18 million to its affiliated diocesan agencies.”
“Focus On The Family recently warned of several fraud schemes targeted at the elderly,” reports News Sentinel. The schemes include identity theft, home-maintenance fraud, telemarketing, sweepstakes/gambling/lotteries, health/medical fraud, and financial fraud.
“As the humanitarian crisis in Buddhist-majority Myanmar is ‘growing progressively worse’ with ethnic Rohingyas bearing the brunt of the military’s attacks and fleeing the ongoing violence, the U.S.-based Christian group World Relief is providing help and raising emergency funds for the Muslim minority,” according to The Christian Post. “’Rohingya men make up the majority of those killed from the ongoing violence, leaving countless widows and fatherless children behind,’ the humanitarian group says in a statement about the condition in Western Myanmar. ‘As a result, over half a million Rohingya — comprised mostly of women and children — have fled Myanmar in just the past two months.’”
“November is a month of celebrations and awareness, and it’s the kickoff month for a time dedicated to family, love and togetherness. For the past two decades, it’s also been recognized as National Adoption Month. To raise awareness and get a conversation started about adoption, Bethany Christian Services is doing a month-long promotion,” Milwaukee Courier reports. “Bethany wants to help get the conversation started. During November, they will be offering tools and resources through their website and social media accounts that can assist people in opening the conversation and starting a dialogue about adoption. Although Bethany is putting forth an extra effort during November, they offer free information meetings each month and deliver speeches at schools. The meetings cover everything so people get a general idea, then they can schedule one-on-one meetings to address specific matters.”