Advocacy and Educational Resources

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Advocacy and Educational resources help raise awareness about development, poverty and justice issues, while encouraging Presbyterians to advocate on behalf of those in need. Help us tackle issues such as the Government of Canada’s development budget, climate change and global hunger.

Room at the Table: World Food Day 2017

by Anna Muir

This year has seen the largest humanitarian crisis since the UN formed in 1945—20 million people from South Sudan, Somalia, Nigeria and Yemen trapped in a severe hunger crisis, and in some cases famine. In Nepal, Bangladesh and the Caribbean, recent powerful storms have devastated entire communities, destroyed agricultural land and uprooted families, threatening their […]

Sunday School Challenge: Farming for the Future

by Anna Muir

In the western highlands of Guatemala, hunger is a daily concern among Indigenous Maya-Mam people. Climate change and deforestation have led to low crop yields. Discrimination and poverty make it difficult for women and men to start farms or buy food for their families. PWS&D is responding with Canadian Foodgrains Bank and local partner AMMID […]

Hunger for Justice: World Food Day 2016

by Anna Muir

Here in Canada, despite a summer of hot temperatures and little rain, most of us will still enjoy an abundant supply of food with family and friends this autumn. It is a different story for many subsistence farmers living in parts of the global south, where changing weather patterns—triggering drought or flooding—and the rising cost […]

Welcoming the Stranger: World Refugee Day Worship Resources

by Anna Muir

Help Support Refugees! PWS&D works with Canadian Foodgrains Bank to help refugees access enough nutritious food as they wait for peace and the opportunity to return home. Please pray for those enduring the uncertainty and trauma of displacement, and consider making a donation that will lead to critical, life-saving assistance. Worship Resources The resources in […]

From Hope to Harvest: World Food Day 2015

by Anna Muir

As autumn approaches, many of us will be preparing to harvest crops, enjoy meals with our families and give thanks for God’s abundant gifts. However, in many parts of the world, heavy rains, drought and the rising cost of seeds make it difficult for small-scale farmers to grow enough food to meet their nutritional needs […]

Enough for All: Thanksgiving & World Food Day

by Karen Bokma

October 13 is Thanksgiving Day. October 16 is World Food Day – a day designated to increase awareness of world hunger and poverty, and to inspire solutions for change. The season of autumn provides a time to reflect on the ways that we have been blessed, and to give thanks for all of God’s good […]

Sunday School Challenge: The Power of 50,000

by Karen Bokma

There are many things we need to survive: nutritious food, clean water, clothing, health care and a safe place to live. But in Malawi, many poor families struggle to get what they need. Between 2011 and 2017, PWS&D’s Building Sustainable Livelihoods program* is helping 50,000 Malawians learn the valuable life skills to break cycles of […]

Inspiring Change: International Women’s Day 2014

by Karen Bokma

March 8 is International Women’s Day – a day to celebrate the gains women are making in their struggle for equality, peace and development. It’s also a day to inspire us to continually work for a future filled with hope and opportunity for women and girls. Many women and girls around the world live in […]

World Food Day 2013: Ending Hunger Together

by Karen Bokma

World Food Day, October 16, is a day designated to increase awareness of world hunger and poverty, and to inspire solutions for change. Facts about Hunger There are 870 million people in the world who do not have access to adequate food to live healthy lives. Surprisingly, it is often the people who produce food […]

Maternal Health in Malawi Study Guide

by Karen Bokma

In Malawi, mothers and children face some of the greatest challenges to survival found anywhere in the world. Health services across the country are uneven: pervasive socio-cultural, physical, and economic barriers impede the delivery of basic health-care. In addition, there is a lack of basic infrastructure, making physical access difficult. The third in a four […]