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Halidu’s Shop

by Stephanie Chunoo

Halidu Dayuma spends his days managing a prosperous and bustling training center in Ghana, where he teaches kente weaving and dressmaking. When Halidu was just 13 years old, his right leg was amputated after a chronic sore he developed didn’t heal. Halidu spent three months in the hospital, where he recovered and learned how to […]

Responding to Covid-19

by Karen Bokma

Each day brings new information about the spread of COVID-19 around the globe. The partners and communities that PWS&D serves are preparing to feel the serious impact of the coronavirus. We take comfort in the words of the psalmist, “Let your steadfast love, O Lord, be upon us, even as we hope in you.” (Psalm […]

Shining Hospital Provides More Than Medicine in Nepal

by Stephanie Chunoo

Health programs do so much more than make sure medicine is available to people in need. In Nepal, when people struggling with skin conditions walk through the doors of the PWS&D supported Shining Hospital, they can stop their long, costly search for answers. It had been three years since Devika visited the hospital close to […]

Empowering One Girl at a Time

by Stephanie Chunoo

Around the world, many countries are slowly but surely making progress on gender equality—Afghanistan is one of them. In Afghanistan, cultural norms dictate that men often play a more central role in the political and social sphere, while women and girls are often limited to domestic duties. These traditions are centuries old and very embedded […]

Kids Create Change!

by Stephanie Chunoo

Do you love to draw? Are you great with a camera? Do you and your friends like to make up stories? PWS&D wants to hear from you! From now until July 31, 2020, we are accepting submissions of short stories, drawings and other creations by kids from across Canada, inspired by the stories of people […]

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 […]