Posts tagged with ’emergency relief’

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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 […]

COVID-19 Update (Video)

by Karen Bokma

PWS&D’s director, Guy Smagghe, shares an update on our ongoing response to the COVID-19 crisis. Download the video to share with your congregation. If you require assistance, please contact Stephanie Chunoo (schunoo [at] presbyterian [dot] ca). We continue to do all we can to help bring hope and lessen the impact of this pandemic and […]

Responding to COVID-19

by Karen Bokma

*A video update on our COVID-19 response is now available. This page was last updated on May 25, 2020. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has many of us feeling uncertain about the future. What began as a global health crisis has only worsened the inequalities that exist for so many around the world. Many are already […]

PWS&D Implements Hurricane Dorian Response

by Karen Bokma

Hurricane Dorian struck the Bahamas in September 2019. The powerful hurricane destroyed homes and businesses and left many families in need. Presbyterians generously responded to the crisis, donating over $90,000. PWS&D is responding to help ensure vulnerable documented and undocumented migrants in the Bahamas have access to humanitarian assistance. The migrant population in the Bahamas […]

After Cyclone Idai, Effie’s Determination Improves Sanitation

by Stephanie Chunoo

Effie Chiwale was willing to do whatever she could to rebuild the latrine that had been washed out by Cyclone Idai. One year ago, the heavy rainfalls of Cyclone Idai left a trail of destruction in many communities in Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe. In Mulanje, beyond levelled houses, schools and businesses, the collapse of 4,000 […]

Drought-Affected Families Receive Support in Pakistan

by Karen Bokma

Seventy-three-year-old Kasi lives with her son and his wife in the small village of Ranahar in Sindh Province, Pakistan. Kasi worked on the family farm and her son was as a tractor driver, which provided enough income to meet the family’s needs. That all changed, though, when her son began to experience severe chest pains […]

Rohingya Family Carries on Despite Devastating Challenges

by Karen Bokma

Since August 2017, three quarters of a million Rohingya refugees have been forced by violence to leave their homes in Myanmar. It’s a difficult journey for everyone. For Nosomakatun, a mother of two children with disabilities, it was even harder. When arson and killings began to occur against the Rohingya people in her neighbourhood, Nosomakatun […]

Yemen: Thanking God for What Remains

by Karen Bokma

Ahmed used to live next to a very unfriendly neighbour: a military base. One day, air strikes turned his family home in Yemen to rubble. Thankfully, Ahmed and his family of nine escaped with their lives. With nowhere to live, Ahmed, his wife and their seven children were forced to seek refuge under a bridge […]

Malawian Mother Empowered by Food Aid After Cyclone Idai

by Anna Muir

Katherine will always remember the powerful flood waters that rushed up to her knees and penetrated the walls of her home. Six months ago, Cyclone Idai unleashed torrential rain and winds that led to devastating flooding across Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe. Katherine was one of 840,000 Malawians stuck in the storm. The devastating deluge ruined […]

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 […]