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Press for Progress this International Women’s Day

by Anna Muir

On Thursday, March 8, communities around the world will observe International Women’s Day to celebrate the achievements of women in their struggle for equality, peace and development. This day also serves as a call to action to continually work for a future filled with hope and opportunity for women and girls. Gender equality is vital […]

Changing the Reality of Oppression Begins with a Single Step

by Anna Muir

Inequalities faced by women and girls can begin at birth and follow them all their lives. Beatriz knows this all too well. In her Guatemalan village, the shadow of oppression excludes indigenous women like her from accessing higher levels of education, holding positions at the institutional level, being leaders in their communities and pursuing other […]

“My child might have died”

by Anna Muir

In Koch County, South Sudan, Mariah cradles her one-year-old daughter Nyruei. For too long they’ve struggled to fill their stomachs. Each day they face the threat of an attack by armed rebel groups. Mariah and Nyruei are living in the heart of a civil war in South Sudan. After four years of bitter violence, just […]

Celebrate International Development Week with PWS&D February 4-10, 2018

by Anna Muir

February 4-10 is International Development Week (IDW), a chance to celebrate Canadian contributions to reducing poverty and providing humanitarian assistance in vulnerable countries around the world. It’s also a time to engage others about the importance of Canada’s contribution to positive global change. The theme for IDW 2018 is “Partners for a Better World,” encouraging […]

Quality Education Builds Girls’ Confidence

by Anna Muir

“Honestly, neither the students nor I were actually enjoying the lessons,” confesses Inayatullah, a third grade teacher at Zangue Girls School in Nangarhar, Afghanistan. Each day at school, Inayatullah gave his lesson by lecturing or reading aloud. It wouldn’t be long before his students began to fidget and lose interest. As the school year progressed, […]

Celebrate PWS&D Sunday – February 4, 2018

by Anna Muir

On PWS&D Sunday, we celebrate the work our church is doing to serve vulnerable communities around the world through programs in development and emergency relief. Inspired by God’s promise of abundant life, we are building a more sustainable, compassionate and just world! Make February 4 a day to reflect on those enduring poverty, hunger and injustice […]

Lent 2018 Liturgies

by Anna Muir

When we respond to poverty, hunger and conflict in our global village, we discover God’s resurrecting power. The hungry are fed, the vulnerable are cared for, the sick are healed and the poor are raised up. This Lenten season, let us faithfully respond to Christ’s call to serve those in need. To place an order, or […]

Self-Help Groups Put Dreams Within Reach in Malawi

by Anna Muir

Chris Kumwenda dreamed of building a new home with comfortable beds and plenty of space to watch her loved ones grow and thrive. This dream often felt impossible. In her Malawian village, Chris was living in poverty. When her husband passed away, she became the sole caregiver of her five grandchildren. Scrounging together enough money […]