We responded to emergencies and helped combat chronic poverty
“PWS&D is a partner in times of need. I am thankful for all that PWS&D is doing in our community.”
—Ida James, farmer, Malawi
Through a network of partners and relief agencies around the world, and with some government matching funds, we helped vulnerable people recover from disasters and access food, shelter and medical care. We also accompanied 52 congregations and six presbyteries, who worked to bring 266 refugees to Canada.
PWS&D’s development programs helped people access food security, education, health services, sustainable livelihoods and human rights. Farmers in Haiti, Malawi, Guatemala and Nicaragua learned how to improve crop production and nutrition by using practices that protect water sources, restore soil fertility, save seeds and diversify food sources. Programs for vulnerable youth in Nicaragua, Malawi, Afghanistan and India helped increase self-esteem, prevent teenage pregnancies, reduce violence and improve nutrition. In Afghanistan, a project hoping to increase access to education for 2,000 young girls more than doubled its target when student enrolment increased to 4,500 girls. In Malawi, mothers and their babies and toddlers received immunizations, essential medical care and family planning support.
Food, housing, sanitation and support to rebuild livelihoods was provided to people whose lives were devastated by natural disasters and conflict in places around the world including Indonesia, Guatemala, Malawi, India and Madagascar. PWS&D also continued to respond to the devastation caused by long-term crisis in Syria, Yemen, Ethiopia, Haiti and Afghanistan.