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Fifteen Years of Land Rights Work in Sri Lanka

Praja Abhilasha network has been fighting alongside communities to regain lands taken during wartime and after the tsunami By Raajan Francis | Praja Abhilasha On December 26, 2004, a powerful tsunami waves devastated the Sri Lankan coastal areas around the country destroying fishing villages, flooding rice fields and plantations and sowing grief among rural and… Read more »

Twenty Years of Work for Transparency in Mining, Oil and Gas

RELUFA advocates for improved policies on transparency in revenues from the exploitation of natural resources By Jaff Bamenjo | RELUFA The Joining Hands Initiative (JH) was launched 20 years ago by the Presbyterian Church USA through its Presbyterian Hunger Program, marking a new approach to its hunger ministry. The approach is anchored on the understanding… Read more »

Anglophone Crisis Pushes Young Girls into Prostitution for Survival

Armed conflict in Cameroon leaves displaced families desperate for food and shelter By Chi Nixon and Savannah Smith | RELUFA, interns The “Anglophone Crisis” in Cameroon has morphed into an armed struggle. Over 2,000 people have been killed and over half a million people have fled to other cities within Cameroon or foreign countries including… Read more »

Churches Unite in Defense of Earth

Red Uniendo Manos Peru helps organize Peru Node of Churches and Mining By Jed Koball | Mission Co-worker Peru ¨We need a change of paradigm in all our economic activities, including mining. ¨ With these words, the Peru Node of Churches and Mining publically launched its effort to motivate the universal church to stand with… Read more »

Haiti’s violent protests rooted in years of injustice

FONDAMA continues fight for a better future By Cindy Corell | Mission Co-worker Haiti One in three people in Haiti have no idea how to find their next meal, a decline from already dire statistics of hunger. That conclusion was reached by researchers for the United Nation’s World Food Programme, studying data in October as… Read more »

FONDAMA celebrates 10 years amid chaos

Joining Hands Haiti continues to fight for peasant farmers as political and economic instability grow By Ernst Abraham | FONDAMA, Joining Hands Haiti The 10-year anniversary of FONDAMA, the Joining Hands network in Haiti, has come at a difficult time for the country.  All citizens are protesting. As the population took to the streets, the… Read more »

Fires in Indonesia and Beyond

Palm oil industry fuels land grab, deforestation and climate change By Eileen Schuhmann | Presbyterian Hunger Program Imagine looking straight ahead and seeing a perfectly straight line of oil palm trees. Everywhere you look, to the left, to the right, at every angle, a perfectly straight line. This is what it is like in an… Read more »

Asking for Prayers for Haiti

By Cindy Corell | Mission Coworker Haiti Our neighbors in Haiti, so accustomed to dire poverty, are once again under the fire of deadly crises. Violent protests and rampant criminal activity have locked down most urban centers and villages across the country. Protesting deep corruption and embezzlement of billions of dollars from a fuel program,… Read more »

Take Action: End the Violence in Cameroon

Contact Congress to support rapid resolution of the Anglophone Conflict   The security situation in the Anglophone regions of Cameroon continue to deteriorate. Over 2,000 people have been killed and more than 200 villages have been partially or completely burned due to the armed conflicts between separatist groups and the Cameroonian military.  More than 530,000… Read more »

Communities Finally Receive a Share of Mining Revenues

New mining regulations in the Democratic Republic of Congo favor the development of local communities By Jean Marie Kabanga | POM, Joining Hands Network in the Democratic Republic of Congo In the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), it has been common for local communities to bear the brunt of the negative impacts of the mining… Read more »