Advocacy and Educational Resources

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Advocacy and Educational resources help raise awareness about development, poverty and justice issues, while encouraging Presbyterians to advocate on behalf of those in need. Help us tackle issues such as the Government of Canada’s development budget, climate change and global hunger.

Youth Resource: School’s In

by Anna Muir

School’s In is a new educational resource to teach youth about the importance of universal education—a powerful tool for achieving sustainable development. The resource contains five lessons to engage youth (Grade 4+) about some of the barriers that prevent the over 250 million children around the world from receiving an education. Youth will learn about […]

So That All May Flourish: World Food Day 2019

by Anna Muir

Poverty, the rising cost of food and an unstable climate are a few of the reasons that about 821 million people around the world don’t have regular access to nutritious food. Staggeringly, conflict is responsible for 10 out of 13 of the world’s main food crises. Yemen is currently the world’s largest food crisis. In […]

Mothers Empower Others: Help Moms Be the Best They Can Be

by Anna Muir

In much of the developing world, women spend many hours working in their fields, walking long distances to collect water, preparing food and caring for children. On top of this, they often run small businesses to earn extra income to ensure a brighter future for their children. Mothers are often the central pillars of their […]

Sunday School Challenge: Opening Classroom Doors

by Anna Muir

Education offers children a way out of poverty and the chance to build a brighter future. Unfortunately, about 264 million children and adolescents around the world do not have the opportunity to go to school. Poverty, conflict, natural disasters and cultural barriers are just a few of the factors keeping girls and boys outside the […]

Open Hands: World Food Day 2018

by Anna Muir

After a period of decline, world hunger is on the rise again—over 815 million people are going to bed with an empty stomach. Conflict and extreme weather events linked to climate change are reversing progress made in the fight against hunger and malnutrition. Now is the time to get back on track to achieve zero […]

Tell the Canadian Government “I Care”

by Karen Bokma

International aid has played an important role in addressing poverty and significant progress has been made. Globally, extreme poverty has been cut in half since 1990. In the past 25 years, the number of hungry people globally has decreased by almost 100 million. Maternal deaths have declined by 45 per cent worldwide. Yet more needs […]

Room at the Table: World Food Day 2017

by Anna Muir

This year has seen the largest humanitarian crisis since the UN formed in 1945—20 million people from South Sudan, Somalia, Nigeria and Yemen trapped in a severe hunger crisis, and in some cases famine. In Nepal, Bangladesh and the Caribbean, recent powerful storms have devastated entire communities, destroyed agricultural land and uprooted families, threatening their […]

Sunday School Challenge: Farming for the Future

by Anna Muir

In the western highlands of Guatemala, hunger is a daily concern among Indigenous Maya-Mam people. Climate change and deforestation have led to low crop yields. Discrimination and poverty make it difficult for women and men to start farms or buy food for their families. PWS&D is responding with Canadian Foodgrains Bank and local partner AMMID […]

Hunger for Justice: World Food Day 2016

by Anna Muir

Here in Canada, despite a summer of hot temperatures and little rain, most of us will still enjoy an abundant supply of food with family and friends this autumn. It is a different story for many subsistence farmers living in parts of the global south, where changing weather patterns—triggering drought or flooding—and the rising cost […]

Welcoming the Stranger: World Refugee Day Worship Resources

by Anna Muir

Help Support Refugees! PWS&D works with Canadian Foodgrains Bank to help refugees access enough nutritious food as they wait for peace and the opportunity to return home. Please pray for those enduring the uncertainty and trauma of displacement, and consider making a donation that will lead to critical, life-saving assistance. Worship Resources The resources in […]