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Posts tagged with ‘covid-19’

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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]