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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 […]

No Place to Call Home

by Anna Muir

“I have no place in my country.” Mohammad, a Rohingya man, is devastated about events in Myanmar—where he was born and raised. For decades, the Rohingya ethnic minority have endured severe discrimination in Myanmar. The government denies the Rohingya citizenship, refusing to recognize them as a people. Just over a year ago, the Myanmar military […]

A Chance for a Healthy Life in Somalia

by Anna Muir

Dhaqan was worried about her daughter. At five months old, little Saynab weighed only eight pounds. She wasn’t eating and had developed a fever. Dhaqan and Saynab live in a camp for displaced persons in Somalia, in a region made vulnerable by prolonged drought. Dhaqan could see that a lack of food, poor hygiene and […]

Share the work of PWS&D with PowerPoint!

by Anna Muir

Presbyterian World Service & Development encourages individuals, mission groups and advocates to share the work of PWS&D with their congregation. This new PowerPoint presentation makes presenting easy by providing a general overview of our programs, speaking notes, beautiful images and real stories from people whose lives have been touched by the generosity of Presbyterians.

Open Hands: World Food Day 2018

by Anna Muir

After a period of decline, world hunger is on the rise again—over 815 million people are going to bed with an empty stomach. Conflict and extreme weather events linked to climate change are reversing progress made in the fight against hunger and malnutrition. Now is the time to get back on track to achieve zero […]

Advent 2018 Liturgies

by Anna Muir

Even in the face of poverty, injustice and disaster, hope, love, peace and joy find a way. Inspired by God’s promise of abundant life, we are responding to God’s call to care for the poor, sick and vulnerable. We are responding to restore human dignity, ease the pain of want and promote community cooperation. As […]