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2019 Annual Report

by Karen Bokma

In 2019, Presbyterian World Service & Development was blessed by the faithfulness and generosity of Presbyterians from coast to coast. Your support allowed us to respond with countless others in our global community to address poverty, hunger and oppression, as well as urgent humanitarian needs. As we responded to these challenges, we were inspired by […]

Vital Programs Continue in Malawi During COVID-19

by Stephanie Chunoo

A circle of benches sits outside in a community in northern Malawi. Not far away, wooden seats surround a local school. Over the past three decades, thousands of women, men and children affected by HIV and AIDS have accessed holistic support to have healthier, more abundant lives—right in their own communities­. While the din in […]

New Phase of South Sudan Response Begins

by Stephanie Chunoo

Many people in South Sudan don’t have access to the food they need to live healthy lives. From August 2019 to April 2020, PWS&D was part of a response that helped families by providing food vouchers as well as tools and other farming supplies. Now, as prices for seeds remain high and COVID-19 further raises […]

Maternal Health Today and Tomorrow

by Stephanie Chunoo

Ainafe Gordon knew things would be different with her most recent pregnancy. For several years, volunteers in her community had been travelling from home to home, sharing important information for new and expecting mothers. This was the 30-year-old’s third pregnancy and while nothing had gone wrong with the first two, she knew things could have […]

Presbyterians in Action: Local Action, Global Impact

by Stephanie Chunoo

Presbyterians across Canada are showing God’s love through creative activities in support of PWS&D’s work. Here are just three of the many ways Presbyterians are having an impact and providing hope in our world!  Protecting Each Other A champion at St Andrews’s Presbyterian Church in Fredericton, New Brunswick, has been hard at work, sewing masks in […]

Q&A with PWS&D Director (Video)

by Karen Bokma

We recently hosted a Q&A with Guy Smagghe, PWS&D’s director. The video is now available for those who were unable to attend. Guy answered questions about PWS&D’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, including the impacts on our partners and programs. Please note that there is no sound until about the 10 second mark.  To learn more […]

From a Global Challenge, a New Start

by Stephanie Chunoo

By Guy Smagghe, PWS&D Director There is so much turbulence in our world and so much uncertainty. By the time you read this, much will have changed again. Our global community is facing a common challenge and has been forced to take unprecedented measures to protect people’s lives. As with most sudden onset disasters, the world’s […]

Making a Difference in Malawi

by Stephanie Chunoo

By John Bannerman, minister at Chalmers PC in London, Ont. and PWS&D committee member I’m writing this just over a month after returning from a PWS&D monitoring trip to Malawi and yet it seems like so long ago now, as we deal with the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. I worry that the coronavirus will […]

Hope and Resilience in Nicaragua

by Stephanie Chunoo

By Laura Hargrove, PWS&D committee member and teaching elder at First Presbyterian Church, Brandon, Man. In November 2019, after the end of the rainy season, I accompanied John Popiel, PWS&D’s program coordinator for Latin America and the Caribbean, on a monitoring visit to Nicaragua. While I have traveled a fair bit, I had mostly been […]

Sponsorship Corner: It was easy to get involved!

by Stephanie Chunoo

In 2019, a lovely refugee family from Syria moved in next door to me. They had six children, spoke no English and were in awe of the wonderful life we have here in Canada. Everything was new for them. They were excited, timid, joyous and apprehensive. I had so much to learn about their culture. […]