Posts tagged with ’emergency’

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Rohingya Refugee Crisis

by Karen Bokma

Terrifying violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine State has forced over 600,000 Rohingya people to flee from their homes and seek refuge in Bangladesh. A military crackdown on insurgence in the state has left innocent Rohingya families subject to unthinkable trauma—family members killed and homes and fields set ablaze. Forced from their homes with nothing, refugees—mostly women, […]

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 […]

Supporting Recovery in Fort McMurray, Alberta

by Karen Bokma

When fire struck Fort McMurray in early May of 2016, tens of thousands of people were forced to evacuate and fled north and south of the city. Fuelled by extreme temperatures, high humidity and tinder-dry forest, the wildfires crossed highways and jumped wide rivers to burn on many fronts within the limits of Fort McMurray. […]

Responding to Fires in Alberta

by Karen Bokma

The PCC national office has heard from The Rev. Lisa Aide, minister at Faith Presbyterian Church in Fort McMurray. The people from the congregation have all made it safely out of the city, though they are scattered north and south. They are waiting to hear about the status of their homes, manse and the school […]

UPDATE: Respond to the Syria Crisis – Donations matched until February 29

by Karen Bokma

UPDATED JANUARY 7, 2016 – Government of Canada announces deadline extension for matching program On September 12, 2015, the Government of Canada announced the establishment of the Syria Emergency Relief Fund. For all eligible donations made until February 29, 2016, the Government of Canada will contribute a matching amount towards Canada’s “Syria Emergency Relief Fund.” For […]

Respond with PWS&D to Malawi Floods

by Karen Bokma

Heavy rain and floods in Malawi have swept many houses away and caused residents to leave their homes—more than 100,000 people have been displaced. A third of the country has been declared a disaster zone. As the waters have started to recede, PWS&D’s partners in Malawi have been coordinating with local communities to assess damage […]

In South Sudan, a Mother’s Plea Goes Ignored

by Karen Bokma

The African proverb ‘when elephants fight, it is the grass that suffers,’ is one that Victoria Loki, a mother of five in South Sudan understands only too well. Thousands of South Sudanese are caught in the crossfire of a struggle between two powerful political leaders, President Salva Kiir, and his former Vice-President, Riek Machar. Roughly […]

PWS&D Accepting Donations for Ebola Response

by Karen Bokma

As the Ebola virus continues to spread through parts of West Africa (Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone), PWS&D is responding through the ACT Alliance and Canadian Churches in Action (CCA) to help bring the disease under control. Discovered in 1976, this is the first time the Ebola virus has appeared in this part of Africa. As […]

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 […]