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International Development Week 2019

by Karen Bokma

February 3-9  is International Development Week (IDW), a chance to celebrate Canadians who are helping reduce poverty and grow peace and opportunity in communities around the world. (Start the celebration in your congregation on February 3 – PWS&D Sunday!) This year’s theme “Together for Gender Equality” embodies Canada’s commitment to the global effort to address […]

Celebrate PWS&D Sunday – February 3, 2019

by Karen Bokma

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 3 a day to reflect on those enduring poverty, hunger and injustice and inspire action here in Canada to […]

The Many Roads to Sponsorship Success

by Karen Bokma

Wilma Lamb-Stewart lives in Kingsville ON. She is the Chair of the Leamington Area Ecumenical Refugee Committee. A member of the United Church, she is LAERC’s primary contact with the refugee team at the national offices of the Presbyterian Church. (Ian Panton of Knox Presbyterian Church, Leamington, a Presbyterian member of the ecumenical group, and […]

Fresh Veggies, Bright Futures

by Anna Muir

Like most mothers, Meena from Pakistan wants her children to be healthy, to go to school and pursue their dreams. These are opportunities Meena never had. “My family couldn’t afford to send me to school, and I was married at a young age,” she shares. “My dream to become a teacher was left in vain. […]

Mission and Musings in Ghana

by Anna Muir

A reflection from Susan Viegas, PWS&D Committee Member and member of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Toronto. In September 2018, I had the privilege of accompanying Kristen Winters, PWS&D’s Africa program coordinator, on a monitoring and evaluation trip to Ghana. As a newly appointed member of PWS&D’s committee, this was a fabulous and timely opportunity to […]

World AIDS Day 2018: Know Your Status

by Karen Bokma

Globally, the AIDS response over the past five years has seen unprecedented gains. Today, there are 21.7 million people accessing HIV treatment. Eighty per cent of those who know their HIV status are accessing treatment. Four out of every five pregnant women living with HIV have access to treatment which prevents transmission of HIV to […]

Empowering Girls in India to Decide Their Own Future

by Anna Muir

Poonam was only 13 years old when she learned that her parents had arranged for her to be married in just a few months. Poonam had been attending school in the village of Nandlali in a poor region of India, close to the Nepali border. Now, she would have to give up her dream of […]

Update: Africa Relief Appeal

by Karen Bokma

An unprecedented number of people across the African continent are in need due to natural disaster and violent conflict. While we may not hear about these crises in the media, they are very real for the hundreds of thousands who are affected on a daily basis. In South Sudan, where ongoing violent conflict has caused […]

Third Annual Ride for Refuge Benefits Maternal, Newborn and Child Health

by Anna Muir

Putting passion into action, 30 PWS&D supporters hit the streets of London, Toronto, Brampton and Hamilton in the Ride for Refuge on Saturday, September 29. The Ride for Refuge is a nation-wide cycling and walking fundraiser that helps charities raise money for the displaced, vulnerable and persecuted. For the third year in a row, PWS&D […]

PWS&D Responds to Indonesia Earthquake and Tsunami

by Anna Muir

On Friday, September 28, a 7.5-magnitude earthquake struck off the central island of Sulawesi in Indonesia, triggering a tsunami that engulfed the city of Palu. The disaster has claimed more than 2,000 lives, and over 80,000 people are displaced. Those living in impacted communities face shortages of clean water, food, housing and fuel. Electricity and […]