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Human Rights Atrocities Continue in Cameroon

By Jaff Bamenjo |RELUFA Cameroon Warning: Disturbing Images March 24 is the day that we observe the International Day for the Right to the Truth Concerning Gross Human Rights Violations and for the Dignity of Victims. According to the United Nations, “This is a day to honor the memory of victims of gross and systematic… Read more »

System change needed to end global vaccine apartheid

By Jed Koball | Mission Co-worker, Peru Earlier this year Pastor Abdias Echeverría lost his battle to COVID-19. Ordained in the Reformed Evangelical Church of Peru (IEP), a long-time human rights activist, and a founder of our global partner Red Uniendo Manos Peru (UMP), Abdias represents the growing inequities of suffering known among BIPOC (black,… Read more »

Improving Water Access in South Sudan

By Jim McGill | Mission Co-worker, Niger and South Sudan “As the humanitarian crisis in South Sudan enters its eighth year, approximately two-thirds of the population need some form of humanitarian assistance”, of whom over 5.8 million persons have needs for more water and better sanitation and hygiene.[i] As the world celebrates World Water Day… Read more »

Celebrating Women’s Victories Around the World

By Eileen Schuhmann | Presbyterian Hunger Program On March 8, we celebrate International Women’s Day and the achievement of women as well as acknowledge the continued struggle for gender equality. The Presbyterian Hunger Program (PHP) has a long history of partnering with women-led organizations as well as organizations that center the development and empowerment of… Read more »

Systemic change with a big pay off

Advocacy to change the mining code in the DRC leads to community development By Valery Nodem | Presbyterian Hunger Program Despite being one of the world’s richest countries in natural resources, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is among the world’s poorest countries. This contradiction, fueled by endemic corruption and a dysfunctional public administration, can feel… Read more »

Broadcasting Voices

Radio is an important tool for development and advocacy Contributions by Agnes Mirembe (ARUWE), Juslene Tyresias (MPP) and Jaff Bamenjo (RELUFA) February 13 marks World Radio Day – a day to celebrate accessible information, learning, and connection. Radio has always played an important role in the development and advocacy work of the Presbyterian Hunger Program’s… Read more »

Happiness in a pulse

The cultivation of pulses plays an important role in nutrition and culture By Salome Yesudas | Chethana, Joining Hands India There is so much happiness associated with the pulses (leguminous crops like dried beans, chickpeas and lentils). Most Indian sweets are made of pulses like ladoo, halwa, and payasam. For any festival or birthday or… Read more »

Legacy of Human Fraternity

The West Africa Initiative continues to build community By Winston Carroo | Agricultural Missions, Inc. On this day, now marked as the International Day of Human Fraternity, we are reminded of the power of peace, cooperation, and resilience. In many developing countries, religious and sectarian strife and conflicts are the realities of daily life, often… Read more »

Terrorist designation of Yemen Houthis could worsen famine

By Eileen Schuhmann | Presbyterian Hunger Program Just yesterday, on the Trump administrations way out, a new policy went into effect designating the Yemen Houthis as a “foreign terrorist organization.” The global community is concerned that this labeling of the Houthis as terrorists could lead to catastrophic famine in the country. For nearly 6 years,… Read more »

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 »