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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 […]

A Home Away from Home

by Anna Muir

Belief in witchcraft is fairly widespread in Ghana. A part of Ghanaian mythology, it is often used as an explanation for unusual or unfortunate happenings such as when a marriage breaks up or crops fail, or as an explanation for symptoms of mental or physical illness. Elderly women are blamed most frequently and can be […]

Yemen Crisis Response

by Karen Bokma

Yemen is the worst humanitarian crisis the world currently faces. Conflict has resulted in widespread hunger, with more than eight million people facing famine. Ongoing bombing campaigns and disease outbreaks are devastating the lives of millions as the war continues into its fourth year. Yemen’s cholera outbreak is the worst in the world—those facing extreme […]

International Women’s Day 2019: Balance for Better

by Anna Muir

On Friday, March 8, communities around the world will observe International Women’s Day to celebrate the achievements of women in their struggle for equality, peace and development. The International Women’s Day 2019 theme of #BalanceforBetter is a call-to-action for driving gender balance across the world. Balance builds a better world. Providing women with equal access to education, […]

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 […]