How do you wash your hands of coronavirus in an African draught? Why is the president of the Philippines giving shoot-to-kill orders during a pandemic? Where do Palestinians get health care while blockaded in Gaza? What can North Americans do to help? Those are some questions and themes emerging from live COVID-19 updates being offered via Facebook by Global Ministries.Read more
Two U.S. denominations are urging their members and congregations to learn about Southern Asia, pray for its people, connect with churches there on joint projects, and even engage in "people to people pilgrimages."Read more
The Border Consortium (TBC) works in nine main refugee camps located close to the Burma/Myanmar border. Support to internally displaced persons (IDPs) and others in rural areas affected by conflict spans a wide geographical area from Shan State to the Tanintharyi region. Assistance includes cash transfers for impoverished civilians, small grants to communities for recovery and rehabilitation initiatives, and food assistance to IDPs in camps next to the Thailand border.
In June 2014, the total population of the camps (Verified Caseload) was 118,917 persons. At the time of print of the June 2015 Programme report, the refugee population in TBC camps was forecast to decrease to just over 85,000 inhabitants. From 2004 through 2015 approximately 100,000 refugees in Thailand were assisted in departing to 13 other countries.
Half of the funding for the 2015 budget for TBC was given by the US government, according to the January-June 2015 Programme Report.