Posts tagged with ’emergency relief’

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The Long Road to Recovery: One Year After Hurricane Matthew

by Anna Muir

On October 4, 2016, Hurricane Matthew swept through Haiti with a ferocity that caused widespread flooding, damage and displacement. Much of the island nation was still rebuilding from destruction caused by the earthquake in 2010. For the poorest nation in the western hemisphere, another deadly disaster was debilitating. Moved by compassion, Presbyterians across Canada responded […]

Responding to Hurricane Irma

by Karen Bokma

Hurricane Irma has struck the Caribbean leaving devastation in its wake. Tens of thousands of people have been displaced. ACT Alliance members are currently assessing the situation in Haiti, the Dominican Republic and Cuba, and coordinating their response to Hurricane Irma. Through the ACT Alliance, PWS&D is able to respond to meet immediate needs like […]

Responding to Drought in Somalia

by Anna Muir

Somalia is grappling with its worst drought in 40 years. Minimal rainfall, widespread crop failure and livestock deaths have brought crisis to millions of Somalis now facing severe hunger, malnutrition and disease. The crippling effects of the drought are made worse by militant violence and a lack of response from an unstable government. More than […]

Responding to BC Wildfires

by Karen Bokma

As wildfires continue to burn in British Columbia, please pray with PWS&D for those affected—evacuees and first responders. Read the Moderator’s prayer in response to the BC forest fires. Updates from the Rev. Shannon Bell Wyminga (Cariboo Region) can also be found here or on The Presbyterian Church in Canada’s Facebook page. “At present, we would covet […]

PWS&D raises over $118,000 for famine relief

by Karen Bokma

Thank you for your incredible generosity! Between March 17 and June 30, 2017, PWS&D raised $118,244 in support of our ongoing famine response. These funds will be matched 1:1 by the federal government’s Famine Relief Fund, which will be programmed by agencies selected by Global Affairs Canada. PWS&D is responding through the Canadian Foodgrains Bank […]

Hope in the Midst of Crisis – South Sudan

by Karen Bokma

Besta Asa vividly remembers a warm sunny day, sitting outside her home in South Sudan, breastfeeding her babies. Her children were playing when she first heard the gunshots, but she wasn’t immediately concerned. She became fearful when her husband rushed home from their farm and she learned her family had to flee. Wasting very little […]

Food Aid Strengthens Rural Communities After Hurricane Matthew

by Anna Muir

“Thank you, thank you, thank you!” The enthusiastic refrain comes from a small group of farmers living in Miragoâne, Haiti—a region devastated by Hurricane Matthew, which slammed into the country seven months ago. After 800 of the most vulnerable families received emergency food rations through a PWS&D-supported project with Canadian Foodgrains Bank, the hardworking women […]

Help for Malnourished Children in South Sudan

by Karen Bokma

Leaving home with three little children in tow and walking for three days wasn’t an easy decision for Sarah. It was even harder knowing that making the journey meant risking being attacked by armed robbers or soldiers on the way, and only bringing what they could carry. But Sarah didn’t have a lot of choices. […]

PWSDevelopments 2017, Issue 1: “Making a Difference on the Road to Abundant Life”

by Anna Muir

Signs of abundant life may be difficult to spot in parts of the world fraught with war, poverty and oppression. But change starts small—with each individual who is transforming their life with the support of PWS&D donors, partners and projects. In this issue of PWSDevelopments, we celebrate the impact of our programs in development and relief by sharing the […]

Crisis in South Sudan

by Karen Bokma

Almost five million people are facing severe food insecurity in South Sudan, according to the United Nations World Food Programme. In the world’s youngest country, years of civil unrest have displaced large segments of the population—many of those displaced are small-scale farmers. Forced to leave their farms and livestock, the conflict has left people unable […]