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Posts tagged with ‘act alliance’

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Responding to the Lebanon Crisis

by Karen Bokma

With generous support from Presbyterians across the country, PWS&D is responding with local partners to meet immediate needs and provide longer-term recovery support to the most vulnerable populations affected by the Beirut explosion. The explosions that rocked the port of Beirut in early August caused massive damage to homes, grain silos and health care facilities. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Cyclone Idai: One Year Later

by Stephanie Chunoo

“The water was everywhere, it was above knee-high, and it stayed for one week,” remembered Margaret Chidothi, as the one-year anniversary of Cyclone Idai approaches. During the deadly storm, Margaret and her family of six lost their home and entire livelihood. The cyclone washed away her maize, pigeon peas and sorghum just a month before […]

Restoring the Life He Had Before

by Anna Muir

Evidence of Cyclone Idai’s deadly winds and torrential rains can be seen throughout the community of Inhamizua in Mozambique. Fallen trees, roofless homes and impassable roads are a testament to the power of the storm that tore through Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi six months ago. José lives in Inhamizua with his two nephews. He has […]

Hurricane Dorian Relief

by Karen Bokma

Hurricane Dorian struck the Bahamas in early September as a powerful category 5 hurricane. Thousands of homes have been destroyed leaving many without shelter. The World Food Programme estimates that tens of thousands of people will require food assistance. The death toll continues to rise. PWS&D is accepting donations to help with relief and rehabilitation, […]

Cyclone Idai: Three Months Later

by Anna Muir

Cyclone Idai—the devastating storm that hit south-eastern Africa over three months ago—may be the worst ever disaster to strike the southern hemisphere, according to the UN. When Cyclone Idai made landfall on March 14, houses and roads were submerged, and schools, crops and livelihoods destroyed. Cyclone Idai caused over 1,000 deaths and impacted almost three […]

Surviving a Cyclone that Took Everything

by Anna Muir

“You see that I’m just here, and this is what I have left. I don’t know what to do.” These are the desperate words of Amelia Tausene, 35, who lives with her three children Noel, 12, Gustavo, 7, and Luis, 2, in Buzi District, Mozambique. They are among the 1.5 million living in Mozambique whose […]