Posts Categorized: Extractive Industries

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 »

Partners in La Oroya Join Presidential Commission on Environmental Health

By Jed Koball | Mission Co-worker Peru In the midst of a pandemic lockdown in Peru, Joining Hands partners continued their advocacy work online and gained a significant victory in the fight for environmental health justice in La Oroya. By Supreme Decree 034-2020 PCM, the Prime Minister of Peru declared in July the formation of… Read more »

Remembering the massacre of indigenous protestors in Peru

By Jed and Jenny Koball | Mission Co-workers Peru Earlier this month marked the 11th anniversary of ¨El Baguazo¨ – the massacre of indigenous protesters in the Amazon at the hands of the Peruvian National Police.  Of course, remembering such recent history of oppression today in the aftermath of the murder of George Floyd and… Read more »

Pandemic deepens pre-existing inequalities in Peru

The Platform for Environmental and Human Health in Junín, which is presided over by the Red Uniendo Manos Peru (Joining Hands Peru) issued a public declaration with regard to COVID-19, the vulnerability to communities where extractive activity is happening, and a call to improve the health attention they are receiving. Here is an excerpt of… Read more »

Two decades of journey for social change

Joining Hands Cameroon celebrates gains for communities By Jaff Bamenjo | RELUFA In September 2009, I joined RELUFA, the Joining Hands network in Cameroon, as an intern after finishing my master’s degree in development at the Institute of Social Studies in The Hague, Netherlands. As a young Cameroonian graduate, I came back home with a… Read more »

Falling in Love with Peru

By Ellie Stock | Teaching Elder, Presbytery of Giddings-Lovejoy The Earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it…Psalm 24:1 For I am longing to see you…that we may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith… Romans 1:11-12 Fifty-five years ago, in the spring of 1965, as a Junior in college, I was preparing… 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 »

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 »

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 »