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Responding to Covid-19

by Karen Bokma

Each day brings new information about the spread of COVID-19 around the globe. The partners and communities that PWS&D serves are preparing to feel the serious impact of the coronavirus. We take comfort in the words of the psalmist, “Let your steadfast love, O Lord, be upon us, even as we hope in you.” (Psalm […]

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 […]

International Development Week 2020

by Karen Bokma

February 2-8 is International Development Week (IDW), a chance to celebrate Canadians who are helping reduce poverty and grow peace and opportunity in communities around the world. (Start the celebration in your congregation on February 2 – PWS&D Sunday!) This year’s theme “Go for the Goals” calls us to action to end poverty, protect the […]

Red, Orange, Yellow…

by Karen Bokma

Tired of doing the same ol’ things to bring attention to PWS&D? Try one of these colourful ideas to champion for change! Red: Is your congregation well “red” on international development? Share PWS&D resources with them at any time of the year! Orange: Early in the morning, against the backdrop of the beautiful red and […]

Helping Families in Guatemala Bring Better Nutrition into Their Kitchens

by Karen Bokma

Farming is in Julio César Miranda’s blood. After his father died, thirteen-year-old Julio joined his mother to plant and harvest his family’s plot in Comitancillo, Guatemala. When he started his own family five years later, Julio continued to grow maize and wheat with the same techniques his parents had used. “We didn’t know if we […]