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Posts tagged with ‘covid-19’

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Update: PWS&D COVID-19 Response (Video)

by Stephanie Chunoo

As we continue to witness the impacts of COVID-19, PWS&D, with partners at the ACT Alliance, is responding to bring relief to vulnerable communities in Bangladesh, Somalia, South Sudan and Palestine. Your faithful support is ensuring that families are accessing resources and the help they need during these uncertain times—thank you! Download the video to […]

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 […]

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 […]

Providing Food Assistance in Afghanistan

by Stephanie Chunoo

As the world continues to feel the impact of COVID-19, some countries are feeling the consequences more severely than others. Afghanistan is one of those countries. Before the pandemic hit, people in Afghanistan were already struggling with increased food insecurity, unemployment and poverty due to decades of ongoing conflict. COVID-19 has only intensified these issues, […]

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 […]

Rebuilding Wells 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 in Bangladesh

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 […]

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 […]