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Paving the Way for a Just Society in Afghanistan

by Stephanie Chunoo

Noria and Lela are passionate about advocating for the young girls and underrepresented women in their community. Noria, a 33-year-old schoolteacher and Lela, a grade 12 student at the same school, were the first women to join the Community Development Committee (CDC) in their community in Nangarhar province, Afghanistan. When Noria first joined the CDC, she […]

Responding to COVID-19 Surge in Malawi

by Karen Bokma

Malawi has seen a recent surge in COVID-19 after a period with very few new reported cases. In mid-January, the president declared a state of emergency, temporarily closing schools, prohibiting gatherings of over 50 people and enforcing a nighttime curfew. Prolonged school closures over the course of the pandemic have fueled teenage pregnancies and early […]

International Women’s Day 2021: Choose to Challenge

by Stephanie Chunoo

On March 8, we celebrate an important day—International Women’s Day. On this day, we commemorate the achievements women have made, raise awareness about women’s equality and continue to advocate for gender fairness. This year the International Women’s Day theme is #ChooseToChallenge. When we choose to challenge the world by calling out gender discrepancies, we spark […]

From Outcast to “Owner” in Ghana

by Stephanie Chunoo

In Ghana, with help from the Garu Community-Based Rehabilitation program, women and men with disabilities are courageously meeting their needs—and challenging the stigma they have faced for their whole lives. Aruk Atampure doesn’t go by his birth name. Instead, everyone in the community in Ghana where he lives and works calls him “Owner.” That’s because […]

Food Assistance Provides Comfort During Difficult Times

by Stephanie Chunoo

In Afghanistan, Razia and her four children were displaced from their home in the Waras district of the Bamyan province. Living conditions had worsened as COVID-19 caused many livelihood opportunities to disappear. With no place to call home and abandoned by her husband, the thirty-five-year-old mother, along with her three young daughters and son, sought […]

Praying for Peace in Ethiopia

by Karen Bokma

A serious humanitarian situation is developing in the Tigray region of Ethiopia – with large numbers of displaced people and refugees hosted in South Sudan. A long-standing political disagreement between the Ethiopia federal government and the northern regional state of Tigray’s regional government led to the outbreak of hostilities in November 2020. The United Nations […]

Annakala’s Relief at Shining Hospital, Nepal

by Stephanie Chunoo

We use our hands to meet our needs—opening doors, preparing food, washing and drying our bodies. We also use our hands to care for others. Many people living with leprosy, a debilitating skin condition, face the devastating loss of the use of their hands. This was the case for Annakala, a 70-year-old woman from a […]

Celebrate PWS&D Sunday – February 7, 2021

by Stephanie Chunoo

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 7 a day to reflect on those enduring poverty, hunger and injustice and inspire action here in Canada to […]

Lent 2021 Liturgies

by Karen Bokma

When we respond to poverty, hunger and conflict in our global village, we discover God’s resurrecting power. The hungry are fed, the vulnerable are cared for, the sick are healed and the poor are raised up. This Lenten season, let us faithfully respond to Christ’s call to serve those in need. This year’s liturgies were adapted […]