Editor’s note: CEDAR turns 30 this year! As our colleagues look back on the past years of poverty alleviation work, what touches us the most is not simply how many people our work has benefited, but the smiles of the poor. CEDAR’s work is not simply to alleviate the poor’s hunger or to give them warmth; it is to show them a life filled with respect and one that is worth living. Under “Focus” of this issue of SHARE, our Acting Chief Executive shares her past 30 years of serving the poor, just like CEDAR’s 30-year mission. “Blessings by Offering” introduces our development work in Myanmar and shares the story of former beneficiaries returning to their villages to rebuild their hometowns. “Back to the Bible” is the passage about peace and reconciliation excerpted from our recently launched Christian devotional app “施予達仁”. We hope that during these tumultuous times, we can still strive to be sons and daughters of peace.
[“SHARE” APR-JUN 2021 ] FOCUS
Written by: Edward Lai (Senior Communications Officer)
When she was young, she walked through the northwest, southwest and central plains of China. She used to climb mountains and ridges; not to visit the most beautiful lakes and mountains or participate in cross-country competitions. She went to respond to the clear voice in her heart – to serve the poorest of the poor.
Continue reading “Go on fighting!” Interview with CEDAR’s Acting Chief Executive
[ ‘SHARE’ Nov-Dec 2016 ] FOCUS ~CHILDREN MINISTRY
Author: Lincoln Chong
It’s kind of a dark humor to listen to your friends reminding you of the impoverished children in Africa upon the slightest hint of you wasting any food on the table. That however does depict how we typically imagine their current state to be, as the media often shows us pictures of the small African children with bloated stomachs due to malnutrition, who have generally no muscles to speak of. What the media failed to tell us was the aggregate of factors and backgrounds that caused these disheartening scenes. Zimbabwe in Africa, for example, has been notorious of its high rate of HIV/AIDS affection and an astronomically high rate of inflation. HIV/AIDS tore apart a lot of families and a lot of children lost their parents at a very young age, leaving them void of basic protection.
Continue reading Fighting Poverty with Children in Zimbabwe
CEDAR is involved in equipping the local church leaders, seminary students, and believers of Yunnan China to personally care for the marginalized families. Axing Du (name obscured) is one of such victims not welcomed by the society.
Continue reading Community Services of Yunnan Churches: Walking with the Marginalized
Fortunate lived in Zimbabwe. She was abandoned by her mother when she was small and stayed with her 70-year-old grandmother. They are poor and all that Fortunate used to eat is ground maize. Her body is semi malnourished but her family cannot afford any other food or medication.
Continue reading Tertiary Students in Zimbabwe Serve the Youngsters in Love
Gambi treats TPT’s project manager as his father.
Can you imagine a life without parents, health and a legal identity? At birth, Gambi (fake name) contracted HIV from his mother and later became an AIDS orphan. Instead of caring for him, his aunt took his parents’ house and even abused him. When Gambi was diagnosed with tuberculosis and became seriously ill, CEDAR Fund’s ministry partner Trinity Project Trust *(TPT) knew his case from a call asking for help and then sought for police intervention. Although Gambi was 17 years old, he was NOBODY under the law because he did not have any identification! This is also why his aunt could easily steal his house and properties.
Continue reading Invisible AIDS Orphans
[ ‘SHARE’ Mar-Apr 2015 ] FOCUS ~ MINISTRY
Written by> Lisa Chai (Senior Programme Officer)
It is estimated that globally about 20.9 million are affected by forced labours and among them, 4.5 million (22%) are victims of forced sexual exploitation. Many of the 20.9 million are also victims of human trafficking. During the course of my serving as a project officer in the past 19 years for CEDAR, I have the opportunity to read documents, review proposals, talk to field partners and hear from community members about human trafficking issues. It is an issue that everyone wants to tackle and stop.
Continue reading Human Trafficking | Lisa Chai