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Hunger & Poverty

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 »

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 »