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Nepal: Women Lead the Way in Reconstruction Efforts

by Karen Bokma

It takes a village to restore a village. Nine months after the April 25, 2015 earthquake destroyed 600,000 buildings throughout Nepal, the people of Sanogoan are working together to rebuild their homes and their lives. The town still looks like a tented camp—white tents in neat rows, with solar lights hanging from the roofs. Women […]

Nepal: Villages Model Reconstruction After Earthquake

by Karen Bokma

The village of Sanogoan, at the edge of Kathmandu Valley, was one of the many villages devastated by the earthquake that struck Nepal last April. In the aftermath of the earthquake the town turned into a tented camp, after so many houses were destroyed. While home reconstruction in Nepal has been delayed, 90 families from […]

Food Assistance Aids Recovery in Nepal

by Karen Bokma

Kanchii Tamang lost almost everything when the earthquake struck Nepal almost a year ago. She had been living in a hut in the village of Sipapokhare, which she describes losing, “It was like a dream when I saw my home turned into a ruin within seconds.” Though she lost her home and all of the […]

Embracing Life in Nepal

by Anna Muir

On April 25, 2015, a massive 7.8 magnitude earthquake—the worst the country had experienced in 81 years—struck Nepal. The fateful tremors wiped out entire communities and devastated families. Thousands lost their homes and livelihoods. The death toll climbed to almost 9,000, with many thousands more injured. Sixty-five year old Dharma Lal Shrestha remembers watching his […]

Nepal Earthquake Donations Matched Until May 25

by Anna Muir

The deadline for submitting donations to be matched for the earthquake in Nepal is approaching. For all eligible donations made until May 25, the Government of Canada will contribute a matching amount towards Canada’s “Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund.” For more information about the government’s matching program, click here. For congregations submitting donations to be matched, please […]

PWS&D Responds as Iraqi Families Seek Safety in Schools

by Karen Bokma

Earlier this month the United Nations Human Rights Council passed a resolution calling for the urgent investigation of alleged violations and abuses of international law in Iraq. The resolution was made at the 22nd special session on Iraq, where international humanitarian network ACT Alliance – of which PWS&D is a member – presented. Their statement […]

Families in Philippines Have Hope to Live Again

by Karen Bokma

Nene Guiuan was trapped inside her home when the typhoon struck. A coconut tree had fallen on the roof, so there was no choice but for her family of six to seek shelter under the bed and wait out the storm. The wind was incredible and the water rose up several feet at its greatest […]

Typhoon Haiyan Relief Video

by Karen Bokma

Typhoon Haiyan, known locally as Yolanda, ravaged a wide swath of the Philippines in November 2013. ACT Alliance member agencies and their local partners responded heroically to the humanitarian crisis. Three months after the storm, ACT Alliance General Secretary John Nduna came to the affected areas to see for himself how the ACT Alliance was […]

PWS&D Responds to Flash Floods and Landslides in India

by Karen Bokma

This summer Canadians experienced disaster — Lac-Mégantic and floods in southern Alberta. Presbyterians have responded in solidarity, extending their support to those affected. Beyond our borders, India is also experiencing disaster and tragedy. Torrential downpours, swirling flood waters and subsequent landslides between June 16 and 17, have caused a disaster of unprecedented proportions in India’s […]