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Dominican Republic partners celebrating SDOP anniversary

By Teresa Bidart After more than thirty five years of partnership with poor grassroots communities around the world, Presbyterian Self-Development of People started a pilot project in the Dominican Republic in 2007. This pilot project represented a change in the ministry’s strategy for international funding. The new strategy was to focus our funding in one specific country… Read more »

SDOP is not about charity

By Cynthia E White Presbyterian Self-Development of People is not about charity… It’s about… …having a decent home, food on the table, the ability to send your children to school. Walking with Marjorie from her home to the Sandy Beach restaurant/conference center in Hopkins Village you know it’s not about charity because charity is not… Read more »

SDOP celebrates 45 years, awards 2015 grants

The Presbyterian Committee on the SDOP celebrates 45 years of ministry and disburses $193,000 to 13 self-help projects  by Margaret Mwale and Cynthia White Pittsburgh, PA— The Presbyterian Committee on the Self-Development of People (SDOP) celebrated 45 years of ministry at its September 2015 meeting.  At the same meeting, grants totaling $168,000 to self-help projects… Read more »

Earth Day: Celebrating service to the environment

By Scott O’Neill | Presbyterian News Service Observing its 45th anniversary today, Earth Day has been the catalyst for a number of environmental regulations and laws over the life of its existence. Thanks to the voices of neighbors, activists and lawmakers committed to environmental oversight, the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act and the Endangered… Read more »

Flagstaff Federated Church achieves energy independence with solar power

Conversion won Interfaith Power and Light 2012 Cool Congregation Challenge award By Scott O’Neill | Presbyterian News Service Before Rachel Davis’ current position as program director for the Flagstaff Federated Community Church in Flagstaff, Ariz., she only dreamed about solar power. She worked as a volunteer with Christians for the Earth, a group within the church that… Read more »

Damayan Migrant Workers Association protects rights of workers

By Wayne Gnatuk | Self-Development of People Lydia finally escaped. From the Philippines, she had come to the United States as a volunteer with her church’s religious mission. At first, she did fundraising work for the church but, after two years, Lydia was sent to New Jersey to serve as a church secretary. Instead, she… 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 »