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Lent 2021 Liturgies

by Karen Bokma

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. This year’s liturgies were adapted […]

An Education for Robina

by Karen Bokma

Robina lives with her mother, father and five siblings in a make-shift house in Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan. Both of her parents are unemployed. Right now, Robina is the only member of her family in school—but it’s not just because of COVID-19. In Afghanistan, 62 percent of children don’t attend school. Poverty is one of the […]

Advent 2020 Liturgies

by Karen Bokma

Even in the face of poverty, injustice and disaster, hope, love, peace and joy find a way. Inspired by God’s promise of abundant life, we are responding to God’s call to care for the poor, sick and vulnerable. We are responding to restore human dignity, ease the pain of want and promote community cooperation. As […]

Responding to the Lebanon Crisis

by Karen Bokma

With generous support from Presbyterians across the country, PWS&D is responding with local partners to meet immediate needs and provide longer-term recovery support to the most vulnerable populations affected by the Beirut explosion. The explosions that rocked the port of Beirut in early August caused massive damage to homes, grain silos and health care facilities. […]

Hope for Single Mothers in Somalia

by Karen Bokma

For single mothers living in internally displaced persons camps in Somalia, life is a balancing act. Often, time is split between caring for their infants and tireless efforts to find work, in order to afford necessities like food. A profound lack of resources and rising food prices due to COVID-19 have meant that many simply […]

Responding to COVID-19 with ACT Alliance

by Karen Bokma

As the world continues to respond to COVID-19, the situation on the ground is constantly changing. Local economies have been disrupted due to lockdowns, food security is a concern for many families, and precarious access to appropriate sanitation and hygiene facilities is even more dangerous during a pandemic. While PWS&D initially supported efforts geared toward […]

Congregation “Goes Big” to Support COVID-19 Relief Efforts

by Karen Bokma

For the folks at St. Andrew’s-Chalmers Presbyterian Church in Uxbridge, Ontario, the COVID-19 pandemic was a call to action. Several years ago, the congregation received a bequest to use “to do good in the world,” as one member shared. Year after year, the church has faithfully dispensed the interest to meet needs in their local […]

Maternal Care in Afghanistan: “There is a Sense of Relief”

by Karen Bokma

When many children in Laghman Province, Afghanistan, became sick with the measles, their mothers were curious about Taj’s child. “There’s an outbreak,” they wondered, “but her child remains healthy. How could this be?” In Afghanistan, the rates of infant and child mortality are breathtakingly high. For many pregnant women living in small villages, health services […]

2019 Annual Report

by Karen Bokma

In 2019, Presbyterian World Service & Development was blessed by the faithfulness and generosity of Presbyterians from coast to coast. Your support allowed us to respond with countless others in our global community to address poverty, hunger and oppression, as well as urgent humanitarian needs. As we responded to these challenges, we were inspired by […]

Q&A with PWS&D Director (Video)

by Karen Bokma

We recently hosted a Q&A with Guy Smagghe, PWS&D’s director. The video is now available for those who were unable to attend. Guy answered questions about PWS&D’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, including the impacts on our partners and programs. Please note that there is no sound until about the 10 second mark.  To learn more […]