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Job posting: Program Coordinator (Six-Month Contract)

by Karen Bokma

PWS&D is the development, relief and refugee sponsorship agency of The Presbyterian Church in Canada with a budget of over $4 million in 2017. PWS&D responds with partners overseas and Canadians here at home to help communities overcome poverty, recover from emergency situations and provide new futures for vulnerable people. PWS&D works with churches and […]

Responding to Drought in Somalia

by Anna Muir

Somalia is grappling with its worst drought in 40 years. Minimal rainfall, widespread crop failure and livestock deaths have brought crisis to millions of Somalis now facing severe hunger, malnutrition and disease. The crippling effects of the drought are made worse by militant violence and a lack of response from an unstable government. More than […]

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 […]

Teacher Training Delivers Shining Results in Afghanistan

by Anna Muir

Many of us will have one or two schoolteachers who are especially memorable—whose guidance and dedication inspired us to find our passions and become the people we are today. For the Grade 3 class at a girls school in Nangarhar, Afghanistan, that teacher was Heena. Heena is warm, engaging and personable—but this wasn’t always the […]

“Things Are Different Now” – Maternal Health in Malawi

by Karen Bokma

Misuzi Tembo is pregnant with her first child. While she would rather be sharing this joyful and nerve-wracking life experience with her husband, she is often alone. Misuzi‘s husband lives and works in South Africa to support their family. This situation is common for many of the women living in her village of Kayeleka Banda. […]

Get Involved With the Climate Fund!

by Anna Muir

Help Farmers Adapt to Climate Change in Guatemala Many people in the developing world feel the effects of climate change in their stomachs—they don’t have enough food to eat. A changing climate that triggers unpredictable rains or drought makes it difficult for subsistence farmers to harvest enough crops. When farmers can’t grow enough food to […]

Responding to BC Wildfires

by Karen Bokma

As wildfires continue to burn in British Columbia, please pray with PWS&D for those affected—evacuees and first responders. Read the Moderator’s prayer in response to the BC forest fires. Updates from the Rev. Shannon Bell Wyminga (Cariboo Region) can also be found here or on The Presbyterian Church in Canada’s Facebook page. “At present, we would covet […]

PWS&D raises over $118,000 for famine relief

by Karen Bokma

Thank you for your incredible generosity! Between March 17 and June 30, 2017, PWS&D raised $118,244 in support of our ongoing famine response. These funds will be matched 1:1 by the federal government’s Famine Relief Fund, which will be programmed by agencies selected by Global Affairs Canada. PWS&D is responding through the Canadian Foodgrains Bank […]

Kitchen Gardens: A Source of Joy and Pride in Pakistan

by Anna Muir

Carrying bowls brimming with freshly harvested carrots, bright green spinach, radishes and tomatoes, it’s hard to believe Mirzadi owns no farmland and had no previous experience growing her own food. Mirzadi lives in Badin, Pakistan with her ailing husband and two of her sons. The local economy relies heavily on agriculture, but farmers in the […]

Hope in the Midst of Crisis – South Sudan

by Karen Bokma

Besta Asa vividly remembers a warm sunny day, sitting outside her home in South Sudan, breastfeeding her babies. Her children were playing when she first heard the gunshots, but she wasn’t immediately concerned. She became fearful when her husband rushed home from their farm and she learned her family had to flee. Wasting very little […]