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Land Security for Rural Women

PHP partner ARUWE celebrates 5 years of land rights victories in Uganda By Agnes Mirembe and Sylvia Nalubega | ARUWE Uganda Nagawa, a 39-year-old farmer in Kasubi village, Gayaza Sub County in Kyankwanzi district Uganda awoke to the total destruction of her three-acre maize garden. She had received a loan of 500,000 Uganda shillings ($135)… Read more »

Covid-19, Tropical Storms, and Solidarity

By Doris Evangelista | ARUMES, Joining Hands El Salvador As ARUMES, the Joining Hands network in El Salvador, we have worked for the past 8 years to build spaces for collective advocacy work and strengthen efforts, in coordination with other local organizations, to improve agricultural policies and eliminate toxic pesticides from agriculture in El Salvador…. Read more »

Famine conditions worsen in Yemen

Conflict escalation puts millions at risk of starvation By Mesk Alabsi | Generations without Qat, Yemen Yemen is experiencing the largest humanitarian crisis in the world and every day the situation grows worse. After nearly 6 years of war between the Houthis and a Saudi-backed military coalition, about 20 million people are suffering from food… Read more »

Mission with Both Hands

By Dr. B. Hunter Farrell | Director of the World Mission Initiative, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary “Has the Church merely to gather up those whom the wheel has crushed or has she to prevent the wheel from crushing them?” Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Ethics “Beginning in 1984, the world was confronted with horrendous televised images of starving children… Read more »

Nigerian protests against police brutality continue

Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Expresses Solidarity with Nigerian Partners Protests resumed on Friday against the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) in Nigeria. When the peaceful protests began last month, they were met with military violence. At least 69 people were killed and hundreds more injured. The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) issued a statement of solidarity today with the Presbyterian… Read more »

Children continue to suffer in Cameroon conflict

PC(USA) Stated Clerk issues call to prayer regarding the violence in Cameroon Violent conflict continues in the Anglophone Northwest and Southwest Regions of Cameroon and continues to have a harsh impact on children. Most recently, on October 24, gunmen opened fire on children between the ages of 9 and 12 at the Mother Francisca International… Read more »

Working for the upliftment of Palestinians

PHP and PDA partner with IDCO in Gaza on livelihood development and Covid-19 response By Rajeh Abbas | Improvement and Development for Communities Center, Palestine   Have you ever searched for Palestine on the world map? Palestine is so small that you can barely fit your finger on it without overstepping borders. However, The contradiction… Read more »

At a Common Table

El Salvador farm families share in solidarity By Doris Evangelista | ARUMES, Joining Hands El Salvador *Names and locations have been changed to protect identities due to ongoing crime and gang violence The community of Coatepeque* is an agricultural community, in El Salvador where families are large and traditionally children, grandparents, and grandchildren all live… Read more »

Slogans to Sovereignty

Celebrating 20 years of saving native seeds and organizing farmers By Salome Yesudas | Chethana, Joining Hands India This year, Chethana, the Joining Hands (JH) network in India, is celebrating 20 years since its founding.  However, the work of Chethana member organizations predates the founding, and annual gathering of beneficiary groups date back to 1996…. Read more »

The Eyesores that Give us Sight

Sojourning with Joining Hands towards Global Solidarity By Jed Koball | Mission Co-worker Peru In a shanty town on the edge of Manila, families gathered their belongings as bulldozers waited on the fringes ready to raze their homes. Preparing to receive world leaders for a gathering of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), the government of… Read more »