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At least 20 families have built winter green houses and especially the children benefit from this as they need nutritious food to grow.
Mohammad Sharif and his family used to be fearful of the three months of cold and severe winter in the Afghan mountains where they live.
Kim Juyang Hui lives with her husband and their son in one of the houses that were built after the typhoon in 2012 with help from Mission East. Now the family has also clean water available.
When there is a half hour walk to fetch clean water, you often compromise with proper hygiene. Juyang Hui from North Korea had to walk half an hour twice a day to reach the nearest well and fetch water for her family.
It is with excitement that the children explore their new toys that they become acquainted with for the first time in their lives.
There is hope for the people of North Korea, Kim Hartzner learned when he visited the country in November. It was a life-affirming visit, where he on first hand saw the enormous progress that has been made since the Mission East began to work there in 2012.
On 15 October, global handwashing day was celebrated at Mission East’s centre for displaced children in northern Iraq.
Infectious diseases can cost the lives of people who have fled from war. At the centres established by Mission East in northern Iraq, children who have fled from war learn how to keep infection away with soap and water.
13-year-old Yasser dreams of coming to Kirkuk and studying to become a doctor. But because of the war in his country, it is a remote prospect.
First, their village was occupied by IS. After that, bombs fell. 13-year-old Yasser and his family are marked by the war they fled from. Now they get help from Mission East.
Shoinbek Shokirov from Mission East (left) discusses the establishment of water system with village leader in Southern Tajikistan earlier this year.
A powerful earthquake hit Monday the Central Asian republic of Tajikistan.
The children on the Sinjar Mountain are burdened with disturbing memories of murder and abuse. Mission East’s children centre allows them to process their trauma through playing and drawing. They also learn to do maths and write.
Thousands of Yazidis in North Iraq have now returned to Sinjar Mountain from where they fled when the Islamic State attacked the area more than one year ago. Mission East is helping them with sanitation, shelter and processing the trauma.
Women and children freed from IS terror
A group of women and children were freed from Islamic State while Kim Hartzner was visiting Kirkuk in northern Iraq. As with all refugees, they are in desperate need of everything in order to make it through the coming winter.
Mission East intends to prevent disease
Mission East hands out hygiene items to 500 families in northern Afghanistan, where latrines and water supply were damaged or destroyed by the massive earthquake on 26 October.
People who are displaced by the conflict in northern Iraq not only live in harsh conditions, but also struggle with the devastating psychological and social impacts of the conflict. But the psychosocial support provided at Mission East’s centres for women and children gives some a new hope for the future.
Everything changed for Ade and her children when they had to flee their home in Sinjar and leave everything behind one early morning last year.
The floodwaters have washed away bridges, so that the people must carry their things on their back while crossing the rivers. Photo: SDD.
The worst floods in decades have hit Burma. "Food is the biggest problem," says Mission East’s partner in one of the affected areas.
The Maid Started her Own Shop
Every day was a struggle against hunger for the 50-year-old widow Majabin and her five children. With help from Mission East, she has now started her own small food business.
Knowledge is a Way out of Poverty
Burmese women started to cooperate on selling chilli peppers after receiving training from Mission East. Better knowledge means more profits, and that brings people out of poverty.
New Mission East Ambassador: Master of Steel Pans Wants to Change the World
Mission East's new music ambassador, Gregory Boyd, is incredibly skilled on the so-called steel pans.
Little Girl Walked for two Days through the Mountains
Mary Nuso’s desire to study was so deep that she as an eight-year-old embarked on a two-day journey, to reach the COME school. Now she is one of the Mara people’s hopes for the future.
Mission East present in Afghanistan after massive earthquake
A massive earthquake struck Monday morning northeastern Afghanistan. Danish aid organization is present in the area and preliminary reports tell of collapsed schools.
Last week Mission East distributed relief items to families who have fled the fighting in Northern Afghanistan.
Mission East has distributed hygiene kits and installed latrines in IDP camp near Taloqan and Faizabad to prevent infectious diseases.
Man Kaji viser sit ødelagte hus, da han bærer nødhjælpen hjem.Man Kaji shows his destroyed house as he carries the emergency aid home.
  In the aftermath of the Nepal earthquakes, the elderly and people with disabilities are some of the most vulnerable. Man Kaji and Maili Maya are some of the beneficiaries of Mission East’s relief efforts. The rebuilding commences after the monsoon.
“We were 70 people in total, and only nine of us survived. Those of us who survived were the ones who lay under the bodies without moving for two hours while we waited for the ISIS warriors to leave,” said Khalef, who in the featured photo is receiving emergency supplies from Kim Hartzner in February 2015.
A year ago, the Yazidi religious minority in Iraq suffered violent attacks from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS).