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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 […]

COVID-19 Update (Video)

by Karen Bokma

PWS&D’s director, Guy Smagghe, shares an update on our ongoing response to the COVID-19 crisis. Download the video to share with your congregation. If you require assistance, please contact Stephanie Chunoo (schunoo [at] presbyterian [dot] ca). We continue to do all we can to help bring hope and lessen the impact of this pandemic and […]

Responding to COVID-19

by Karen Bokma

*A video update on our COVID-19 response is now available. This page was last updated on May 25, 2020. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has many of us feeling uncertain about the future. What began as a global health crisis has only worsened the inequalities that exist for so many around the world. Many are already […]

PWS&D Implements Hurricane Dorian Response

by Karen Bokma

Hurricane Dorian struck the Bahamas in September 2019. The powerful hurricane destroyed homes and businesses and left many families in need. Presbyterians generously responded to the crisis, donating over $90,000. PWS&D is responding to help ensure vulnerable documented and undocumented migrants in the Bahamas have access to humanitarian assistance. The migrant population in the Bahamas […]

Growing Better Together in Haiti

by Karen Bokma

In Haiti, where farming is a mainstay of the economy, chronic extreme weather exacerbated by climate change has locked many families into cycles of food insecurity. A staggering 49 per cent of people are undernourished—that’s every second person. Lucsius is one such farmer facing these challenges. Unsure of how to adapt his agricultural practices to […]

International Women’s Day 2020: Each for Equal

by Karen Bokma

On Sunday, March 8, people all over the world will celebrate International Women’s Day where the accomplishments of women will be commemorated all over the globe. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating women’s equality. This International Women’s Day, the theme is #EachforEqual—demanding equality among genders in every aspect of our society. […]

Supporting PWS&D No Matter the Season

by Karen Bokma

Look out the window today and you’ll most likely see winter, still going strong. Soon, though, the warm spring sun will melt the snow. It’s not too early to begin dreaming of ways to engage your congregation in the work of PWS&D this spring—or summer or fall! Winter While it’s still winter, you can invite […]

Drought-Affected Families Receive Support in Pakistan

by Karen Bokma

Seventy-three-year-old Kasi lives with her son and his wife in the small village of Ranahar in Sindh Province, Pakistan. Kasi worked on the family farm and her son was as a tractor driver, which provided enough income to meet the family’s needs. That all changed, though, when her son began to experience severe chest pains […]

Daily Struggles with Drought in Afghanistan

by Karen Bokma

Kazim was very concerned for his family. Due to a debilitating illness, for years he hadn’t been able to optimally farm his acre of land—but they got by. Then, the effects of climate change made his farm and others in the area infertile. “Due to low precipitation and shortage of water, as well as my […]