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World Refugee Day: Celebrating 40 Years of Refugee Sponsorship

by Anna Muir

June 20 is World Refugee Day—a time to remember refugees, honour their strength, and celebrate the work that helps refugees find new homes and settle peacefully. Welcoming refugees to Canada has been a faithful response of the church for decades. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Sponsorship Agreement existing between the Canadian government […]

A Long-Awaited Answer

by Anna Muir

Keshari Bohara wasn’t sure why she felt numbness, or why she had an ulcer on her hand. She had been taking the herbs prescribed to her by a traditional healer for three years but they didn’t seem to be making things better. Then the 58-year-old walked into the Shining Hospital and received the answers she […]

Empowered Women, Healthy Children

by Anna Muir

When 25-year-old Brenda decided to attend workshops on cooking and nutrition, she faced her share of criticism. Brenda’s mother thought their small Guatemalan community would condemn Brenda for spending time away from her own three children—especially because she is a single mother. She told Brenda that her place was in the home. But for Brenda, […]

Demonstrating Canadian Values Around the World: Canada Day 2019

by Anna Muir

This Canada Day, let’s demonstrate Canadian values of compassion and generosity throughout the world. One way to do this is by showing support for Canadian aid. Canadian aid towards agriculture, health, education and the environment in vulnerable communities overseas is helping make sure farmers can adapt to a changing climate, everyone gets enough to eat, […]

Surviving a Cyclone that Took Everything

by Anna Muir

“You see that I’m just here, and this is what I have left. I don’t know what to do.” These are the desperate words of Amelia Tausene, 35, who lives with her three children Noel, 12, Gustavo, 7, and Luis, 2, in Buzi District, Mozambique. They are among the 1.5 million living in Mozambique whose […]

Food Assistance Vital for Drought Affected Families in Pakistan

by Anna Muir

After consecutive years of very little rainfall, a severe drought has swept across southern Pakistan, particularly in the provinces of Sindh and Baluchistan—where rates of poverty and hunger are already high. The resulting drought has affected the lives and livelihoods of about five million people. In rural areas where most people are farmers, the impact […]

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 […]

Reflecting on Yemen this World Water Day

by Anna Muir

March 22 is World Water Day—it is a day to reflect on the billions of people living without a source of water and focus on the importance of clean water and sanitation for all. This year’s theme, Leaving No One Behind, asks us to address the reasons why so many people are not included in […]

PWS&D Responds to Cyclone Idai

by Anna Muir

Hundreds of thousands are in need of immediate humanitarian assistance after Cyclone Idai made landfall in southern Africa on March 14. Widespread damage in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe has left many displaced and in need of food, shelter and water and sanitation services. The number of people in need continues to rise. Please continue to […]