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PWS&D Responds to Cyclone Idai

by Anna Muir

Hundreds of thousands are in need of immediate humanitarian assistance after Cyclone Idai made landfall in southern Africa on March 14. Widespread damage in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe has left many displaced and in need of food, shelter and water and sanitation services. The number of people in need continues to rise. Please continue to […]

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, […]

“We are role models”

by Anna Muir

In many Malawian communities, family planning, sexually transmitted diseases and other reproductive health topics are shrouded in taboo. They are not taught in school or discussed at home. And yet, reproductive health is so important for healthy, prosperous communities. While helping mothers and newborns survive and thrive after childbirth, PWS&D’s maternal, newborn and child health […]

Malawian Woman Achieves Independence Through Agriculture Training

by Anna Muir

Esther Beza has many responsibilities. The 29-year-old Malawian farmer takes care of her four children, three of her brother’s children and her elderly parents, all while farming two hectares of land. It’s not always easy, but Beza tries to look on the bright side as much as she can. “I am happy because I can […]

Press for Progress this International Women’s Day

by Anna Muir

On Thursday, 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. This day also serves as a call to action to continually work for a future filled with hope and opportunity for women and girls. Gender equality is vital […]

Self-Help Groups Put Dreams Within Reach in Malawi

by Anna Muir

Chris Kumwenda dreamed of building a new home with comfortable beds and plenty of space to watch her loved ones grow and thrive. This dream often felt impossible. In her Malawian village, Chris was living in poverty. When her husband passed away, she became the sole caregiver of her five grandchildren. Scrounging together enough money […]

“Things Are Different Now” – Maternal Health in Malawi

by Karen Bokma

Misuzi Tembo is pregnant with her first child. While she would rather be sharing this joyful and nerve-wracking life experience with her husband, she is often alone. Misuzi‘s husband lives and works in South Africa to support their family. This situation is common for many of the women living in her village of Kayeleka Banda. […]

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 […]

Food Distributions Begin in Drought-Affected Malawi Communities

by Karen Bokma

Farmers and their families in Malawi have been hard hit by unpredictable and less than expected rainfall amounts. The drought, caused by a particularly powerful El Niño event, has left many in need of food assistance. In Malawi, Balaka is one of the districts hardest hit by the crisis and has experienced significant decreases in […]