In Shambhuganj, Bangladesh simple technology is offering improved health and hygiene to village people who, until now, have had to suffer from a high rate of infant mortality and infectious disease simply because of lack of sanitation that those in the developed world take for granted.more
Conscience International has just returned from Kurdistan, Iraq where the team evaluated conditions and offered assistance to refugees in seven of the 34 migrant camps located in the Kurdish-controlled zone near Erbil and Dahuk. Most refugees who have relocated here were forced to flee their homes in the wake of the capture and occupation of Mosul by ISIS in June, 2014. Now they are struggling for survival in make-shift tents, unfinished buildings, and on the city streets where some are begging and others are struggling to find any kind of work.more
When Richard Sarker photographed the newly constructed school in Shambhuganj, Bangladesh that he and Conscience International's partners helped to fund in 2012, he felt a sense of 'mission accomplished.' But it was on his last visit to Shambhuganj that he witnessed a disturbing development.
These children, he observed, "are coming to school hungry!"more
While Iraqi citizens were fleeing their home town of Mosul and the threats of ISIS terrorists who had captured and devastated the city, Conscience International President, Dr. James E. Jennings was on his way to Erbil, an emergency quick trip to deliver aid to refugees wherever he found them.more
Conscience International is partnering with local Lebanese organizations to provide supportive tools and resources geared to helping on-site caregivers throughout the country to better deal with the immense daily pressures of ‘compassion fatigue.’ Refugees are not the only ones traumatized by an overwhelming situation. The question is: Who cares for the caregivers, the unsung champions, the aid workers who volunteer their energies to assist the hopeless and helpless in a seemingly never–ending drama of emotionsmore
They come by the thousands, terrified, horrified, almost petrified by a civil war that has destroyed their homes, closed their schools, forced them to flee their homeland. They run, walk, beg transport, and limp across the Syrian border into Lebanon, Jordan, and Turkey, carrying only what they can in their arms and on their backs, desperate to escape the bullets, the bombs, the destruction, looking for help—food, healthcare, jobs, education, the basics of life.more
In a remote village of 50,000 persons in the northern part of Bangladesh, most people live in extreme poverty and hopelessness, depending on odd jobs—day labor, pulling rickshaws—to feed their families. No road connects the village to the city center. There is no running water, only unreliable electricity service, and, until recently, no healthcare facility, no employment opportunities, and no school.more
Since 2010, when a 7.0 earthquake killed, injured, or otherwise affected some 3 million Haitian citizens, Conscience International, one of the first responders to the disaster, has been returning to the field, rebuilding starter homes and helping to regenerate lives devastated by the catastrophe of nature. To date, 170 houses for 170 families have been constructed. Many more are needed.
House built form the rubble of the 2010 earthquake. (Conscience International photo)more