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Lilawati Stands Against Child Marriage in India

In Bihar, India, an alarming 80 per cent of girls are forced into early marriages. Not only does this reduce the likelihood that they will complete school, but it makes young girls—married as early as 12 years old—more susceptible to trafficking for child labour and sexual exploitation. Bihar region also ranks among the states with […]

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2023 Impact Report

Through PWS&D, Canadian Presbyterians have been extending their support for over 75 years, offering both immediate relief and long-term development assistance globally, with a continuously expanding capacity and impact. In 2023, PWS&D contributed to $10.8 million worth of development and relief programs – $3 million in development and $7.8 million in emergency relief programming.  None of

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Computer Training Inspires Bashir to “Dream Big”

Bashir Ahmad, a 20-year-old Afghan refugee, made a life-altering decision when he fled his war-torn homeland after the new regime took over in August 2021. The perilous journey led him to find refuge among an Afghan community in Peshawar, Pakistan.  Having completed twelfth grade, Bashir was working at a local shop before he fled Afghanistan.

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International Women’s Day 2024: Invest in women: Accelerate Progress.

As we approach International Women’s Day – March 8 – the global call to action resonates louder than ever: “Invest in women: Accelerate Progress.” This year’s theme reinforces the critical role that women play in driving change across our society. Through recognizing, supporting and investing in women’s education, health and economic empowerment, and leadership, we

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Challenges Persist in Afghanistan

In the Kushkak village in Afghanistan, 42-year-old Guljan lived a simple life with her husband and their four children, including her daughter-in-law. In recent years, her husband grappled with debilitating leg pain, rendering him unable to work and placing the burden of financial support on Guljan and her sons. Despite facing economic hardships and managing

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Food Security Concerns in Afghanistan

An estimated 28.3 million Afghans (two-thirds of the population) need humanitarian assistance. The crisis is being driven by three consecutive years of drought-like conditions, crippling economic decline since the Taliban takeover in 2021, and decades of conflict and recurrent natural disasters.  As a result, Afghanistan is among the countries facing the highest levels of food

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