Women & Children
Women all over the world face the dark reality of abandonment, exploitation, and abuse. Samaritan’s Purse works to reach the most vulnerable of these with the light of the Gospel. We meet the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of women through programs like abuse prevention, safe migration and trafficking awareness, general and maternal health, vocational training, family counseling, and discipleship.
Thousands of mothers fled Mosul when ISIS militants terrorized the city. Many of these mothers still live in camps for displaced families and struggle to keep their children well-fed and healthy. Samaritan's Purse teams are providing nutrition packets for malnourished children and teaching new mothers the importance of breastfeeding, so that they can help keep their babies healthy.
When 13-year-old Hilda Nalwanga learned that she needed surgery to repair her heart defect, it seemed impossible, as the procedure was not readily available in her home country. But through Children's Heart Project-a ministry of Samaritan's Purse-God made a way for Hilda to be healed, and opened doors for her to be a blessing to other children with heart defects.
Sadhia, Wilson, and Doreen-the three survivors of a terrible bus crash in Tanzania-returned home healthy and happy to welcoming crowds and loving family and friends. Samaritan's Purse transported them back to Africa, along with hospital equipment and supplies for their school, via our DC-8 aircraft.
The three child survivors of a terrible bus crash in Tanzania were transported by Samaritan's Purse from Africa to the United States in May. After surgeries and months of rehabilitation, they are doing incredibly well and are returning home to Tanzania via the same Samaritan’s Purse aircraft.
Sampson, a 16-year-old boy from Liberia, returned home recently after receiving life-changing facial surgery in the United States thanks to the efforts of Mayo Clinic and Greta Van Susteren. He was flown back to his village in two stages, via Samaritan's Purse DC-8 and then helicopter.
Three children, the only survivors of a terrible bus crash in Tanzania, recently arrived in Iowa for medical care. Through a providential series of events, Samaritan's Purse provided transportation from East Africa to the United States for these hurting little ones.
Samaritan's Purse deployed our DC-8 aircraft to transport three badly injured children from East Africa to the U.S. for trauma care. The children were involved in a May 6 bus accident in northern Tanzania that killed 32 children and three adults.
Samaritan's Purse workers enlist the help of community leaders in Liberia in an effort to stem sexual violence. Our Light program educates families, leaders, and communities and also supports those who are assisting victims of assault.
In the late 1970s, the brutal Khmer Rouge regime killed nearly three million Cambodians and taught the nation that love and family values were worthless. As a result, domestic violence is common in Cambodian households. We're helping families learn to love again and end the cycle of abuse.
At age 15, Sheena Basemera traveled from Uganda to the United States to receive life-saving heart surgery arranged by Samaritan's Purse. Several years later she received Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior through a follow-up event of our Children's Heart Project. She now works in Uganda as Samaritan's Purse project officer for the Children's Heart Project there and recently returned to the United States as a translator, interpreting for a critically ill child in our program.
Seth Bayles has a rare autoimmune disorder, and God has given him and his family hearts of compassion to help other children with chronic illness. Their sacrificial giving recently helped bring life-saving surgery and the hope of the Gospel to three Mongolian families through the Children's Heart Project. Started in 1997, this project of Samaritan's Purse has brought more than 1,100 children from around the world to North America to receive the precious gift of a repaired heart.
In Cambodian villages along the border with Thailand, nearly every working man and woman has a story of being trafficked for labor. Samaritan's Purse Food and Livelihood Assistance program helps families generate income within their community and prayerfully avoid the dangers of migration.
We asked kids, "What is love?" Their answers will melt your heart. At Samaritan's Purse we see love in many forms--a helping hand, a willing heart. Children remind us that love is simple and beautiful. "And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love." (1 Cor. 13:13, NKJV)
Cissie Graham Lynch, Franklin Graham's daughter, has a passion for women's ministry. Join her to help spread the love of Christ by helping women learn to read, how to do a vocational skill, and even properly care for their family's hygiene.
Close to 20 percent of children in this village die before the age of five. Watch to see how Samaritan's Purse is working to combat this devastating statistic. Samaritan's Purse is implementing maternal programs in villages like this one in Karamoja, Uganda, to teach local women how to better care for their children amid difficult living conditions.
Watch to see a special message from women in rural Cambodia whose lives will be changed thanks to your generous support of our 10 Days for M'dai campaign. Because of donations from people like you during our campaign to help restore the joy of motherhood, Samaritan's Purse was able to raise more than $300,000 for our maternal and child health programs in Cambodia. This money will help provide resources and training for women so they can have healthy pregnancies and raise strong children while also learning about the love of Jesus Christ. http://www.samaritanspurse.org
Cambodian women view motherhood with a swirl of emotion. The joy of being a mother clashes with the very real fear of losing a child and maybe even their own life. With little help from the government or NGOs, the plight of mothers has gotten worse. Samaritan's Purse is working to restore motherhood in Cambodia.