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Crisis in South Sudan

by Karen Bokma

Almost five million people are facing severe food insecurity in South Sudan, according to the United Nations World Food Programme. In the world’s youngest country, years of civil unrest have displaced large segments of the population—many of those displaced are small-scale farmers. Forced to leave their farms and livestock, the conflict has left people unable […]

Supporting Recovery in Fort McMurray, Alberta

by Karen Bokma

When fire struck Fort McMurray in early May of 2016, tens of thousands of people were forced to evacuate and fled north and south of the city. Fuelled by extreme temperatures, high humidity and tinder-dry forest, the wildfires crossed highways and jumped wide rivers to burn on many fronts within the limits of Fort McMurray. […]

Clean Schools Build Brighter Futures in Afghanistan

by Anna Muir

For the vast majority of schools in Canada, chairs, desks and a place to go to the bathroom are things we take for granted. It’s a different story in a number of vulnerable Afghanistan communities. Among the many obstacles preventing children, especially girls, from getting an education is poor school infrastructure—inadequate classrooms and a lack […]

Be Bold For Change – International Women’s Day 2017

by Anna Muir

March 8 is International Women’s Day—a day to celebrate the achievements of women 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. Around the world many women and girls live in poverty. They live […]

PWS&D Celebrates International Development Week

by Anna Muir

February 5-11 is International Development Week (IDW), a chance to celebrate Canadians who are helping reduce poverty and grow peace and opportunity in communities around the world. This year’s theme is “Leave no one behind: Canada contributes to global goals.” As we respond together to those in need, our efforts are helping achieve the Sustainable […]

“I am very thankful for the knowledge that we have gained”

by Anna Muir

Sandra couldn’t understand why her sons Erling, 4, and Gerson, 2, were chronically ill and underweight. She fed her children what she thought to be wholesome, filling foods. But in fact, the soup, tortilla chips and soda that made up much of their diet had very little nutritional value. “We believed that the food we […]

Food Distributions Begin in Drought-Affected Malawi Communities

by Karen Bokma

Farmers and their families in Malawi have been hard hit by unpredictable and less than expected rainfall amounts. The drought, caused by a particularly powerful El Niño event, has left many in need of food assistance. In Malawi, Balaka is one of the districts hardest hit by the crisis and has experienced significant decreases in […]

2017 PWS&D Worship Resource

by Anna Muir

“He put before them another parable: ‘The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that someone took and sowed in his field; it is the smallest of all the seeds, but when it has grown it is the greatest of shrubs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make […]