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From Charleston to Haiti, a Long History of Injustice

By Cindy Corell, Mission Co-worker, Joining Hands Haiti Members of a delegation of Presbyterian churches visiting our Joining Hands network in Haiti gather with farmers who have lost their land to a corporation. Photo credit: Cindy Corell   The cold-blooded murder of nine people praying in a Charleston, South Carolina church in mid-June sent waves… Read more »

Haitian Farmers Struggle to Protect their Land and Livelihoods

By Cindy Corell, Companionship Facilitator, FONDAMA, JH Haiti One thing farmers in rural Haiti understand is that if you take their land, you take their lives. I can tell you that, and you might understand. But when a delegation from the Presbytery of the James visited for a week in February 2015, I needed to… Read more »

Connecting and Equipping: 45 years of helping people through SDOP

By Cynthia E. White Let’s begin this story in 1969. For 10-plus years pressure had been mounting in the nation:  the civil rights movement, the long, hot summers, and the growing rage over Vietnam. Churches across the country were feeling the heat and the pain. The churches had to get involved. And involved the United… Read more »

Mining Boom is a Bust for Local Development in the DRC

By Ibond Rupas A’nzam, POM, JH Democratic Republic of Congo A miner transporting bags of raw cobalt in an artisanal mining site near Lumumbashi, DRC. Photo credit: Valery Nodem The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has important mining resources. Historically, the mining sector has been the driver of the national economy. Adopting a Mining Code… Read more »

Hidden Potentials: Family Farming and the Right to Food in Cameroon

By Michel Danleu and Patrick Momba, with translation by Jaff Napoleon Bamenjo, Coordinator,  RELUFA, JH Cameroon Caption: Woman working a family farm in Njombe, Cameroon. Photo courtesy of RELUFA Nearly 850 million people around the world suffer from malnutrition; Sub-Saharan Africa remains the region hardest hit. In Cameroon, nearly three million people, or 15% of… Read more »