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Water and Sanitation Project Saves Lives in South Sudan

by Karen Bokma

In the world’s youngest country, years of civil unrest have displaced large segments of the population. The United Nations estimates that there are 1.75 million internally displaced people (IDP) in South Sudan. As the conflict enters its fifth year, the humanitarian crisis is only getting worse. Ongoing violence and sustained economic decline have left people […]

“We are role models”

by Anna Muir

In many Malawian communities, family planning, sexually transmitted diseases and other reproductive health topics are shrouded in taboo. They are not taught in school or discussed at home. And yet, reproductive health is so important for healthy, prosperous communities. While helping mothers and newborns survive and thrive after childbirth, PWS&D’s maternal, newborn and child health […]

Presbyterians in Action: Local Action, Global Impact

by Anna Muir

Over the last year, Presbyterians across Canada have been acting in their local communities to help create peaceful, hopeful and sustainable futures for our sisters and brothers across the globe. Check out these projects that are creating lasting change! Shipwrecked and Sharing The children at Knox Presbyterian Church in Vankleek Hill, Ont., explored how Jesus […]

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 […]