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Responding to COVID-19 Surge in Malawi

by Karen Bokma

Malawi has seen a recent surge in COVID-19 after a period with very few new reported cases. In mid-January, the president declared a state of emergency, temporarily closing schools, prohibiting gatherings of over 50 people and enforcing a nighttime curfew. Prolonged school closures over the course of the pandemic have fueled teenage pregnancies and early […]

Praying for Peace in Ethiopia

by Karen Bokma

A serious humanitarian situation is developing in the Tigray region of Ethiopia – with large numbers of displaced people and refugees hosted in South Sudan. A long-standing political disagreement between the Ethiopia federal government and the northern regional state of Tigray’s regional government led to the outbreak of hostilities in November 2020. The United Nations […]

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 […]