Posts By: Eileen Schuhmann

20 Year Message from Joining Hands Coordinator

Dear Friends, 20 years ago, the Presbyterian Hunger Program was invited and challenged by our global partners to deepen our response to hunger and poverty. Our partners were seeing and experiencing systemic injustices that cannot be addressed through “projects” alone. At the invitation of our partners, we tried a different approach. One that brought together… Read more »

Foreign Investment Worsens Poverty in Sri Lanka

The Millennium Challenge Corporation compact could lead to more privatization and marginalization By Herman Kumara | Chairperson Praja Abhilasha, Joining Hands Sri Lanka Sri Lanka is in the midst of a debt crisis. In 2016, 95.4% of all government revenues were going directly into debt repayment. According to the Minister of Finance (2018), the country’s… Read more »

Beyond Serendipity

Communities in Peru and the U.S. join forces in the fight against  toxic metals By Jed Koball | Mission Co-worker Peru The encounter between residents of Herculaneum, Missouri and La Oroya, Peru over 15 years ago was nothing less than serendipitous. Twenty years ago, when the Presbyterian Hunger Program (PHP) was launching its Joining Hands… Read more »

Seeking a Reason to Serve

Reflecting on 8 Years of Joining Hands El Salvador By Doris Evangelista | ARUMES, Joining Hands El Salvador Para la versión en español Doris speaks to the media. Photo courtesy of ARUMES.In September of 2011, I decided to quit my job and gave myself some time to look for a new one. I had one… Read more »

Buscando una Razón de Servicio

Reflexionando sobre 8 Años de la Red Uniendo Manos El Salvador De Doris Evangelista | ARUMES For the English version Doris speaks to the media. Photo courtesy of ARUMES.En septiembre del 2011 decidí renunciar a mi trabajo, dándome tiempo para buscar uno nuevo, encontré una oferta muy buena, y en ese proceso estaba cuando yo… Read more »

Un legado de defensa de los derechos humanos y restauración de la dignidad

De Conrado Oliver | Red Uniendo Manos Peru                                                                                        For the English Version Aquí en Perú, a fines de la década de 1990, con la facilitación de la Iglesia Presbiteriana (EE. UU.), una convergencia de personas e instituciones de ideas afines se unieron… Read more »

A Legacy of Defending Human Rights and Restoring Dignity

Joining Hands Peru celebrates twenty years of ministry By Conrado Olivera | Red Uniendo Manos Peru Para la versión en español Here in Peru, at the end of the 1990s, with the facilitation of the Presbyterian Church (USA), a convergence of like-minded people and institutions came together to form the Red Uniendo Manos Peru (Peru… Read more »

PHP partner works for food security in Gaza

Vulnerable and disadvantaged farmers in the most damaged areas of Gaza benefit from agricultural support The Gaza Strip is a  self-governing Palestinian territory bordered by Egypt and Israel along the Mediterranean sea. There are more than 1.8 million people living there on land that measures just under than 150 sq. mi. Since 2007, Israel and… Read more »

Prayers for Nigeria

Boko Haram violence, severe food insecurity and U.S. travel ban By Eileen Schuhmann | Presbyterian Hunger Program Staff On January 18, a U.N. humanitarian facility in Ngala, Borno State, Nigeria, on the border with Cameroon, was violently attacked by non-state armed groups. The aid workers there were providing assistance to more than 55,000 people facing… Read more »

The Beginning of Joining Hands

Reflecting on a 20 Year Journey By Lionel Derenoncourt | The former PHP Associate for International Hunger Concerns In 1993-94, the Presbyterian Hunger Program (PHP) was drowning in international funding requests. We were receiving hundreds of requests from groups unknown to us. Dozens of applications were submitted twice a year from countries like India, Sierra… Read more »