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India Cyclone Michaung Relief

Last December, Cyclone Michaung wreaked havoc in India, causing widespread rainfall-induced disasters in the southern regions. The floods resulted in at least 25 deaths and extensive collapse and inundation of homes. A significant number of affected families had to be urgently evacuated from low-lying areas to safer locations, leaving their lives in disarray. In the severely affected Tamil Nadu state, torrential rain flooded multiple buildings, including government hospitals, railway stations, and residential homes. Numerous roads were damaged due to the floods. The strong winds caused many makeshift houses to collapse, forcing the residents to seek temporary shelter in tents. There is an urgent need for food support for these displaced individuals. Additionally, the floods submerged extensive farmlands, and

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‘SHARE’ 250 – Quality Education Transforms Lives

Written by Clara Chiu (Head of Partnership Development) Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it. Proverbs 22:6 Written by Clara Chiu (Head of Partnership Development) ‘Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.’ (Proverbs 22:6) This bible verse is probably very familiar to many of you. As Christians, when we hear this verse, we think of the Bible’s teaching that parents shall discipline their children according to the will of the Lord so that their children can walk in the truth of the Lord throughout their lives. This bible verse is

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‘SHARE’ 250 – Quality Education Transforms Lives

Editor’s note: Children are the future pillars of society. Although this statement may sound cliché, this has been the goal of our work. And children are indeed the foundation of all societal progress. By offering children an opportunity to thrive, we enable the emergence of future leaders of good character who are after the heart of our Lord and fulfil His will. In this issue of SHARE, ‘Focus’ brings us a retrospective glimpse of CEDAR’s recently concluded quality education programme and how it transformed the lives of many impoverished children. While ‘Blessing by Offering ‘has discussed our children’s ministry programme in breadth and depth, ‘Back to the Bible’ has inspired us to rethink how our Lord has envisioned and

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Building Local Capacities for Peace in Manipur

Project Name Building Local Capacities for Peace in Manipur Project Location India Project Natures Peace and Reconciliation Project Objectives Establish community capital in Manipur to promote peaceful coexistence among different ethnic groups in the region and mitigate the impact of harmful conflicts. Beneficiaries Leaders from various sectors (including churches, civil society organisations, women’s and youth groups), and children. No. of Beneficiaries Approx. 1,100 Key Activities Organise peace workshops for youth groups, women, church leaders, and leaders of civil society organisations in five regions, enabling them to learn how to heal historical wounds.  Organise inter-ethnic football matches for youth groups, church leaders, and leaders of civil society organisations to learn cooperation with other ethnic groups through sports activities. Provide

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5P-Approach to Combat Human Trafficking

Author: Ness Ma (Communications Officer) Once mentioned human trafficking, some cinematic scenes might pop into our mind: how the police get deep into a criminal organisation and make arrests. However, this is just part of the anti-human trafficking work. The following list is the 5P-Approach adopted by our Indian partner, Evangelical Fellowship of India Children at Risk (EFIC@R), to combat human trafficking: As seen in the above, if we have to combat human trafficking effectively, we must work from prevention to survivor’s rehabilitation. The prosecution is just part of the process. Improving the public’s knowledge and building a mutual support network are more critical. Let’s read Vanya’s story of the rescue below. Vanya, a 15-year-old girl, was forced

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‘Share’ 245 – When Human Lives are Sold Online

Editor’s Note: Human trafficking is a deep-rooted crime around the world. It involves pecuniary advantage and exploitation of other people’s lives. It is not easy to rescue the victims of human trafficking, and the road to recovery for the survivors is even more difficult. In this issue of SHARE, we will explain the anti-human trafficking efforts of CEDAR’s partners in different parts of the world. The section ‘Focus’ introduces CEDAR’s new anti-trafficking partner in Thailand. The ‘Learn a Little More’ section talks about the methods used by our partners in India in their fight against human trafficking. In ‘Join Hands Join Hearts’, several child survivors of human trafficking expressed their aspirations using pictures and words. The ‘Back to

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Seemapuri Urban Resilience Project in India

Project Name Seemapuri Urban Resilience Project in India   Project Location India Project Natures Urban and Rural Development Livelihood Development Project Objectives Providing vocational skills training to teenagers to help them find jobs or become self-employed Providing alternative employment opportunities for middle-aged people with financial difficulties Teaching disadvantaged poor families their right to social and access to basic health care Giving children access to non-formal education Beneficiaries Children, young people and adults from underprivileged families No. of Beneficiaries 3,699 Key Activities Conducting community baseline surveys Developing community awareness and advocacy activities, with a particular focus on people with disabilities and widows, to raise awareness and sensitise the community to the availability of resources Supporting the development of income

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Kalyanpur Disaster Risk Management & Resilience Project in Bihar, India

Project Name Kalyanpur Disaster Risk Management & Resilience Project in Bihar, India Project Location India Project Natures Humanitarian Relief and Disaster Risk Reduction Urban and Rural Development Creation Care Project Objectives Manage and reduce the risk of disasters in the community in order to minimise damage to life, livestock, property and livelihoods. Ensure that the powers of the disaster risk management system are exercised properly. Beneficiaries Impoverished communities, students and farmers affected by natural disasters. No. of Beneficiaries Approx. 7,130 Key Activities Establish a disaster management committee, working groups, self-help groups, and children’s councils. Provide training on disaster risk management methods. Set up project teams to train the community through simulated exercises, dramas, and posters. Provide livelihood training

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The Invisible Victims of COVID-19 In India

When people in Hong Kong think of the pandemic, several terms come to mind: the safety of vaccines, the economic downturn, restricted gatherings and travel bubbles. To religious people, there are the added “religious gatherings”. Such events are undoubtedly the concerns of many of us in Hong Kong. However, for the poor living overseas, their main concern is not contracting the virus, but surviving. The safety of vaccines and travel restrictions are the least of their concerns. Take India as an example. In late April, tens of thousands of confirmed COVID-19 cases were reported daily. The number even rose to more than 400,000 confirmed cases in a day. News reports show civilians crying out in anguish in the

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Hidden Crisis in the Pandemic: Human Trafficking

Written by: Clara Chiu (Head of Partnership Development) From July 20th to 23rd this year, several CEDAR staff participated in the “Asia Region Anti-Trafficking Conference” (hereinafter referred to as the conference). The conference was held for the first time three years ago, and this year is the third. It was changed to conduct online due to the pandemic. The purpose of the conference is to gather people from all parts of Asia who are concerned about human trafficking, and learn about it with other forms of modern slavery through various workshops, and know more about the latest anti-trafficking measures. During the meeting, representatives from different organisations mentioned that the situation of human trafficking has become worse under the

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