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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 […]

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 […]

Rohingya Family Carries on Despite Devastating Challenges

by Karen Bokma

Since August 2017, three quarters of a million Rohingya refugees have been forced by violence to leave their homes in Myanmar. It’s a difficult journey for everyone. For Nosomakatun, a mother of two children with disabilities, it was even harder. When arson and killings began to occur against the Rohingya people in her neighbourhood, Nosomakatun […]

Champion from A-Z

by Karen Bokma

Being a Champion is as easy as ABC! Ask us a question about a PWS&D program you don’t understand. Befriend someone new in your community. Create a colourful flyer for an upcoming event in support of PWS&D. Do Advent differently with the Advent Challenge. Encourage others to get involved in making Sunday morning announcements. Fill […]

World AIDS Day 2019: Communities Make the Difference

by Karen Bokma

For more than three decades, the global response to help stop the spread of HIV and support people living with AIDS has been unrelenting. Today, the result of this effort is seen in the 23.3 million people who are accessing HIV treatment. Since 2010, new HIV infections have declined by an estimated 16%, with infections […]

Presbyterians in Action: Local Action, Global Impact

by Karen Bokma

It was a busy summer for many Presbyterians across Canada who creatively engaged their communities in raising support for PWS&D’s programs. Making Bubbles for PWS&D During their “ROAR” vacation Bible school, the children at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Barrie, On. had sudsy fun in support of PWS&D’s maternal, newborn and child health project. By collecting […]

Ride for Refuge Raises over $15,000 for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health

by Karen Bokma

On Saturday, October 5, more than 50 PWS&D supporters on seven teams from Victoria, Edmonton, London, Waterloo and Toronto, participated in the Ride for Refuge. This Canada-wide cycling and walking fundraiser helps charities provide refuge and hope for displaced, vulnerable, and exploited people. Matched 4:1 through additional support from the Government of Canada, the $15,000 […]

Yemen: Thanking God for What Remains

by Karen Bokma

Ahmed used to live next to a very unfriendly neighbour: a military base. One day, air strikes turned his family home in Yemen to rubble. Thankfully, Ahmed and his family of nine escaped with their lives. With nowhere to live, Ahmed, his wife and their seven children were forced to seek refuge under a bridge […]

Syrian Refugees Experience Safety and Friendship in Canada

by Karen Bokma

During coffee hour at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Toronto, Ontario, church members and guests are greeted by a team of volunteers. Behind the coffee carafes are long-time members, as well as a Muslim mother and daughter from war-torn Syria. They are giving back to thank St. Andrew’s for providing a safe and accepting place […]

Bringing Hope for A Healthier Future

by Karen Bokma

In a country where the prevalence of leprosy is two and a half times higher than the global average, the Shining Hospital is helping people overcome illness and get back to their normal lives. This year the hospital has given over 15,000 people hope for a healthier future. Life Interrupted Ram lived with his wife […]