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Responding to COVID-19

by Karen Bokma

*A video update on our COVID-19 response is now available. This page was last updated on May 25, 2020. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has many of us feeling uncertain about the future. What began as a global health crisis has only worsened the inequalities that exist for so many around the world. Many are already […]

Champion from Home: It’s the Little Things

by Stephanie Chunoo

Weekly church meetings and community events have been curtailed by social distancing measures to slow the spread of COVID-19. It’s really hard to direct people in your community to look beyond themselves and to pray for or support people in need around the world—and that’s okay. But, there are still things you can do to […]

Shining Hospital Provides More Than Medicine in Nepal

by Stephanie Chunoo

*Currently, the number of COVID-cases in Nepal is low. PWS&D’s partner in Nepal, the International Nepal Fellowship, is practicing all necessary safety precautions at their health facilities and continuously monitoring the situation. Health programs do so much more than make sure medicine is available to people in need. In Nepal, when people struggling with skin […]

Empowering One Girl at a Time

by Stephanie Chunoo

*As in Canada, schools in Afghanistan have been closed by government order having a significant impact on this program. PWS&D’s partner in Afghanistan, Community World Service Asia, is monitoring the situation and planning for next steps. Around the world, many countries are slowly but surely making progress on gender equality—Afghanistan is one of them. In […]

PWS&D Implements Hurricane Dorian Response

by Karen Bokma

Hurricane Dorian struck the Bahamas in September 2019. The powerful hurricane destroyed homes and businesses and left many families in need. Presbyterians generously responded to the crisis, donating over $90,000. PWS&D is responding to help ensure vulnerable documented and undocumented migrants in the Bahamas have access to humanitarian assistance. The migrant population in the Bahamas […]

After Cyclone Idai, Effie’s Determination Improves Sanitation

by Stephanie Chunoo

Effie Chiwale was willing to do whatever she could to rebuild the latrine that had been washed out by Cyclone Idai. One year ago, the heavy rainfalls of Cyclone Idai left a trail of destruction in many communities in Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe. In Mulanje, beyond levelled houses, schools and businesses, the collapse of 4,000 […]

Responding to Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Needs in South Sudan

by Stephanie Chunoo

Water is essential for families to have proper nutrition and hygiene. Unfortunately, the same thing that saves lives can also put them at risk. On October 27, 2019, the government of South Sudan declared a state of emergency after continuous heavy rainfall caused severe flooding. The homes of 420,000 people and thousands of tons of food supplies […]

Growing Better Together in Haiti

by Karen Bokma

In Haiti, where farming is a mainstay of the economy, chronic extreme weather exacerbated by climate change has locked many families into cycles of food insecurity. A staggering 49 per cent of people are undernourished—that’s every second person. Lucsius is one such farmer facing these challenges. Unsure of how to adapt his agricultural practices to […]

Supporting Rohingya Refugees

by Stephanie Chunoo

Of the 742,000 Rohingya refugees who have fled brutal persecution in Myanmar, over half are children. Sadly, the number of girls and boys who have lost one or both parents exceeds 35,000. Day after day, these children open their eyes in a Bangladesh refugee camp feeling completely alone. Sufira, a resilient 17-year-old Rohingya orphan, remembers […]

Cyclone Idai: One Year Later

by Stephanie Chunoo

“The water was everywhere, it was above knee-high, and it stayed for one week,” remembered Margaret Chidothi, as the one-year anniversary of Cyclone Idai approaches. During the deadly storm, Margaret and her family of six lost their home and entire livelihood. The cyclone washed away her maize, pigeon peas and sorghum just a month before […]