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Hunger & Poverty

A Big Step Forward Towards Health in La Oroya, Peru

 By Jed Koball, Mission Co-worker, Joining Hands Peru After waiting all morning, the door finally opened at about half past noon. One by one we filed in and presented a letter signed by nearly 1500 people, including close to 500 Presbyterians, to Dr. Angel Unchupaico, the Governor of the Region of Junín. As expressed in the… Read more »

El Salvador water systems celebrate 10 years, thanks to SDOP

by Teresa Bidart It has been a long time since the Presbyterian Committee on the Self-Development of People (SDOP) first heard from The Community of San Luis, Aguacayo  in El Salvador. It was in 2002 when this community group sent their request for funds to install a water system for 57 families. The community members had not… Read more »

Presbytery approves resolution to officially oppose trade moves

By Mark Strothmann, Presbytery of Giddings-Lovejoy Joining Hands Since 2001, the Presbytery of Giddings-Lovejoy’s Joining Hands Peru Partnership has been working in La Oroya, Peru with our mission partners, Red Uniendo Manos Peru, the Peru Joining Hands network of the Presbyterian Hunger Program.  La Oroya is the home of a lead smelting plant owned by… Read more »

A Faithful Response to Climate Change

  By Elizabeth Hostetter and Elizabeth Vincent, Mennonite Central Committee Volunteers with the UMAVIDA, Joining Hands Bolivia The Christian faith has a rich heritage of creation care and simple living. This heritage necessarily leads to the responsibility of controlling our ecological impact with our production of waste and emission of harmful gases. Our God-given responsibility… Read more »

Fighting back against food chains

Andrew Kang Bartlett, Associate for National Hunger Concerns People who grow, harvest, process, prepare and serve our food are breaking the chains of injustice, not with tempered steel cutters but with human solidarity and the muscle of cross-sector alliances. From the retail chain link – food chain workers demanding $15 per hour and coordinated strikes… Read more »

Haiti Partnership: Mission Beyond Doing, Fixing, and Filling

By Cindy Corell, Companionship Facilitator, Haiti It would be a challenge for all of us. For me, the delegation from the Presbytery of the James would be the first group visiting the Joining Hands network in Haiti. For the delegation, it would be a “mission trip” unlike any they’d heard of or participated in. We… Read more »

A Spiritual Journey through Mining Contamination and Destruction to a Sustainable Future in Bolivia

By Rev. Don Shaw, Joining Hands Partnership Presbytery of Cascades Chenoa Stock, our Joining Hands facilitator in Bolivia, met us at the world’s highest international airport, located up 13,325 feet on the altiplano in El Alto, Bolivia.  El Alto is the nation’s second largest city, claiming more than 1,000,000 people, although just 20 years ago there… Read more »

Seed Freedom: Towards an “Economy of Giving”

By CG Jacob, CHETHANA, Joining Hands India The relationship between food security and food production is a complex one, but food security is mainly a political problem. Food security requires that all people have physical, social and economic access to sufficient supply of diverse, safe and nutritious food throughout the year which satisfies their dietary needs… Read more »

We are women farmers; we deserve more!

By Cindy Corell, Companionship Facilitator, FONDAMA,  JH Haiti A woman marching for women’s rights in Jeremie, Haiti, on October 15, smiles as she walks. Photos Courtesy of Cindy Corell.   Shortly before noon on Tuesday, October 15, 2013, the streets of Jeremie, a small coastal city on the southern peninsula of Haiti in the Department… Read more »