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Shining Hospital Provides More Than Medicine in Nepal

by Stephanie Chunoo

Health programs do so much more than make sure medicine is available to people in need. In Nepal, when people struggling with skin conditions walk through the doors of the PWS&D supported Shining Hospital, they can stop their long, costly search for answers. It had been three years since Devika visited the hospital close to […]

Empowering One Girl at a Time

by Stephanie Chunoo

Around the world, many countries are slowly but surely making progress on gender equality—Afghanistan is one of them. In Afghanistan, cultural norms dictate that men often play a more central role in the political and social sphere, while women and girls are often limited to domestic duties. These traditions are centuries old and very embedded […]

Kids Create Change!

by Stephanie Chunoo

Do you love to draw? Are you great with a camera? Do you and your friends like to make up stories? PWS&D wants to hear from you! From now until July 31, 2020, we are accepting submissions of short stories, drawings and other creations by kids from across Canada, inspired by the stories of people […]

After Cyclone Idai, Effie’s Determination Improves Sanitation

by Stephanie Chunoo

Effie Chiwale was willing to do whatever she could to rebuild the latrine that had been washed out by Cyclone Idai. One year ago, the heavy rainfalls of Cyclone Idai left a trail of destruction in many communities in Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe. In Mulanje, beyond levelled houses, schools and businesses, the collapse of 4,000 […]

Responding to Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Needs in South Sudan

by Stephanie Chunoo

Water is essential for families to have proper nutrition and hygiene. Unfortunately, the same thing that saves lives can also put them at risk. On October 27, 2019, the government of South Sudan declared a state of emergency after continuous heavy rainfall caused severe flooding. The homes of 420,000 people and thousands of tons of food supplies […]

Supporting Rohingya Refugees

by Stephanie Chunoo

Of the 742,000 Rohingya refugees who have fled brutal persecution in Myanmar, over half are children. Sadly, the number of girls and boys who have lost one or both parents exceeds 35,000. Day after day, these children open their eyes in a Bangladesh refugee camp feeling completely alone. Sufira, a resilient 17-year-old Rohingya orphan, remembers […]

Cyclone Idai: One Year Later

by Stephanie Chunoo

“The water was everywhere, it was above knee-high, and it stayed for one week,” remembered Margaret Chidothi, as the one-year anniversary of Cyclone Idai approaches. During the deadly storm, Margaret and her family of six lost their home and entire livelihood. The cyclone washed away her maize, pigeon peas and sorghum just a month before […]

Empowering Women in Guatemala

by Stephanie Chunoo

On March 8—International Women’s Day—we celebrate and recognize the achievements and contributions of women and girls around the world. This day serves as a sign of how far the fight for women’s equality and empowerment has come. It is also a reminder of how important it is to continue the fight for equality for all […]

Knowledge Nourishes Babies and Families in Nicaragua

by Stephanie Chunoo

Cristina Flete is a mother of two—a four-year-old and a four-month-old. When Cristina had her first baby, she didn’t know about the impact exclusive breastfeeding or early childhood development activities could affect the long-term health of her children. In Villa Guadalupe, where Cristina lives, many young mothers are unaware of the importance of these activities. […]

Celebrate PWS&D Sunday – February 2, 2020

by Stephanie Chunoo

On PWS&D Sunday, we celebrate the work our church is doing to serve vulnerable communities around the world. Inspired by God’s promise of abundant life, we are building a more sustainable, compassionate and just world! Make February 2 a day to reflect on those enduring poverty, hunger and injustice and inspire action here in Canada to […]