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Hunger & Poverty

Educate a Child, Transform the World

PC(USA) Strives to Alleviate Global Poverty Worldwide Through Quality Education By Tammy Warren | Presbyterian News Service Louisville, August 14, 2015—The goal is clear: provide quality education for 1 million children by the year 2020. It’s a goal established through an initiative adopted by the 221st General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). The initiative, titled… Read more »

Survivors still being found in Ecuador following recent earthquake

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) is working in collaboration with its partner, the ACT (Action by Churches Together) Alliance to respond in the aftermath. As many as 6,000 families in Ecuador will receive food, water, sanitation and hygiene as well as community-based psychosocial support and non-food items.

Growing Food and Friendships in Haiti

Mission trip and new roundtable conversations lead to transformation By Cindy Corell | PC(USA) Mission Co-worker in Haiti and a former journalist Our group of six Americans and a couple of Haitians trooped carefully across the field where we admired Roma tomato plants, laden with their ripe, red fruit. Greeting us in the garden was… Read more »

Food Justice: A Growing Concern

Presbyterians help people in marginalized contexts gain access to affordable, healthy food By Tammy Warren | Communications Associate for the Presbyterian Mission Agency Mary Medina, a PC(USA) Young Adult Volunteer, thought she knew what a food desert was until she participated in a short-term mission trip to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. “Then I understood… Read more »

Joining Hands Journey: Celebrating 15 Years of Accompaniment of the Poor

By Rev. Thomas John, Mission Co-worker, Chethana, Joining Hands India Joining Hands (JH) was launched at a time when many international funding agencies were practicing approaches that were more corporate, prescriptive and designed to be one-size-fits-all. These agencies were serving the poor, but often did so according to their own agenda, without acknowledging or empowering… Read more »

Bearing Fruit: Reflecting on Five Years of Joining Hands El Salvador

By Kristi Van Nostran, Mission Co-worker, RUMES, Joining Hands El Salvador  This year marks the five-year anniversary of the Red Uniendo Manos El Salvador (RUMES), the Joining Hands Network of El Salvador, and its mission to work alongside church and community partners – through advocacy and action – to feed hope and fight the injustices… Read more »

Called to be Stewards of the Earth and Seeds

By Salome Yesudas, Coordinator Chethana, Joining Hands India Salome Yesudas, the new coordinator of Joining Hands India, harvests millet. Photo courtesy of Salome Yesudas. I joined Chethana, the Joining Hands network in South India, as its Coordinator, on August 1, 2015. With a postgraduate degree in Food and Nutrition, my interest in local food and… Read more »

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 »