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Your Kingdom Banquet Come: World Food Day 2020

by Stephanie Chunoo

Today, there are 690 million people around the world who suffer from undernourishment. Of those 690 million people, 130 million suffer from acute hunger caused by conflicts, climate change and economic decline. COVID-19 has doubled the number of people suffering from hunger, putting millions more at risk. Now, more than ever, it’s imperative to take action. By investing […]

Every Youth Empowered

by Stephanie Chunoo

Malawi’s Mzimba District faces many challenges. School dropout rates are high. Teenage pregnancy is on the rise. More women are experiencing gender-based violence, and there is a lack of correct knowledge about HIV transmission and prevention. The Every Girl Empowered project, supported by PWS&D’s local partner Livingstonia Synod AIDS Programme (LISAP), was created to address […]

Responding to WASH Needs in Yemen

by Stephanie Chunoo

In Yemen, the sound of tanker trucks bringing water into communities is too common. With the civil war making other sources unreliable, many families are forced to purchase the water they need to survive from private merchants. They pay steep prices,­ without any guarantee that the water is safe for drinking or handwashing. Some families […]

Supporting Rohingya Refugees Through the Years

by Stephanie Chunoo

This year marks three years since hundreds of thousands of Rohingya fled genocide in Myanmar. Many were forced to find shelter in overcrowded refugee camps in neighbouring Bangladesh. Rohingya refugees continue to face many hurdles in the refugee camps, where accessing  food and medical care can be difficult. Additionally, lack of clean water, sanitation and […]

The Clothes of a Champion

by Stephanie Chunoo

Are you changing your wardrobe, as the weather gets cooler each day? Swing open the closet doors—and champion for a more sustainable, compassionate and just world! Put On Your Thinking Cap Many ministries continue offering their services online, and are looking for creative prayers, poems or songs to complement the weekly message. How about writing […]

Respond to Urgent Need in Lebanon

by Karen Bokma

We join our prayers with those around the world praying for the people affected by the terrible disaster in Beirut. Thousands have been injured and hundreds of thousands of people have become homeless. Much of the food in Lebanon is imported due to limited production capacity, and many of these food reserves were destroyed by […]

Hope for Single Mothers in Somalia

by Karen Bokma

For single mothers living in internally displaced persons camps in Somalia, life is a balancing act. Often, time is split between caring for their infants and tireless efforts to find work, in order to afford necessities like food. A profound lack of resources and rising food prices due to COVID-19 have meant that many simply […]

Hygiene Kits Protect Families in Nicaragua

by Stephanie Chunoo

PWS&D continues to respond to the needs caused by COVID-19. In Nicaragua, we’re supporting local partners as they repurpose program funds to provide COVID-19 support. Families are receiving food kits, as well as hygiene and sanitation items, including hand soap and towels, disinfectant wipes, bleach, cleaning supplies and toilet paper. Thanks to your continued support, […]

Responding to COVID-19 with ACT Alliance

by Karen Bokma

As the world continues to respond to COVID-19, the situation on the ground is constantly changing. Local economies have been disrupted due to lockdowns, food security is a concern for many families, and precarious access to appropriate sanitation and hygiene facilities is even more dangerous during a pandemic. While PWS&D initially supported efforts geared toward […]

Congregation “Goes Big” to Support COVID-19 Relief Efforts

by Karen Bokma

For the folks at St. Andrew’s-Chalmers Presbyterian Church in Uxbridge, Ontario, the COVID-19 pandemic was a call to action. Several years ago, the congregation received a bequest to use “to do good in the world,” as one member shared. Year after year, the church has faithfully dispensed the interest to meet needs in their local […]