Posts tagged with ‘human rights’

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Halidu’s Shop Equips Others in Ghana

by Stephanie Chunoo

Halidu Dayuma spends his days managing a prosperous and bustling training center in Ghana, where he teaches kente weaving and dressmaking. When Halidu was just 13 years old, his right leg was amputated after a chronic sore he developed didn’t heal. Halidu spent three months in the hospital, where he recovered and learned how to […]

It’s Not Can’t, It’s Kente!

by Anna Muir

Ghanaian entrepreneur Lariba Apuwendib spends her days weaving a beautiful material called kente. Thread by colourful thread, she is challenging a culture that says she can’t have a bright future. As a small child, Lariba did not have the opportunity to go to school. Instead, she stayed with her mother and father as they farmed […]

A Home Away from Home

by Anna Muir

Belief in witchcraft is fairly widespread in Ghana. A part of Ghanaian mythology, it is often used as an explanation for unusual or unfortunate happenings such as when a marriage breaks up or crops fail, or as an explanation for symptoms of mental or physical illness. Elderly women are blamed most frequently and can be […]

International Women’s Day 2019: Balance for Better

by Anna Muir

On Friday, March 8, communities around the world will observe International Women’s Day to celebrate the achievements of women in their struggle for equality, peace and development. The International Women’s Day 2019 theme of #BalanceforBetter is a call-to-action for driving gender balance across the world. Balance builds a better world. Providing women with equal access to education, […]

Mission and Musings in Ghana

by Anna Muir

A reflection from Susan Viegas, PWS&D Committee Member and member of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Toronto. In September 2018, I had the privilege of accompanying Kristen Winters, PWS&D’s Africa program coordinator, on a monitoring and evaluation trip to Ghana. As a newly appointed member of PWS&D’s committee, this was a fabulous and timely opportunity to […]

No One Left Behind in Ghana

by Anna Muir

In developing countries, the inequalities people face often keep them from living life in its fullest abundance. Vulnerable people living with disabilities are often left further behind. In some communities in Ghana, men, women and children with disabilities are further marginalized, unable to access education, health care and other opportunities to build bright futures. Konle […]

Changing the Reality of Oppression Begins with a Single Step

by Anna Muir

Inequalities faced by women and girls can begin at birth and follow them all their lives. Beatriz knows this all too well. In her Guatemalan village, the shadow of oppression excludes indigenous women like her from accessing higher levels of education, holding positions at the institutional level, being leaders in their communities and pursuing other […]

Fighting for the Good Life

by Anna Muir

“Personally I have achieved many significant changes in my life.” With her arms around two of her children, Clara stands beaming with confidence—something she struggled with all her life, until now. In her Guatemalan village, Clara recently became a livestock promoter with a PWS&D-supported food security project. She also took on the roles of treasurer […]

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 […]

Achievement Despite Adversity in Ghana

by Anna Muir

The day of Tilata’s birth was one of joyful celebration for her parents Zinabu and Laar. In a small village in northern Ghana, their baby girl was delivered safely, all smiles and in perfect health. A few years later, Tilata’s life changed drastically. Tilata was just two years old when she caught polio. The disease […]