June’s Loonie Offering will go to PWS&D Covid 19 Support and Relief (click here for more info)

If you wish to help PWS&D you may send your donations to: St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 1981 9th Ave. NE, Salmon Arm BC, V1E 2L2 or e-transfer to standrews1981@outlook.com or donate directly using the links in the article below. 

Each day we read new information about the spread of COVID-19 around the globe.

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has many of us feeling uncertain about the future. What began as a global health crisis has only worsened the inequalities that exist for so many around the world.

Many are already seeing their livelihoods and employment either severely limited or completely lost. Families are worried about meeting their most pressing needs, especially for food. The United Nations is warning of the potential for famine and estimates that the number of people suffering from acute hunger might double in 2020, potentially reaching a quarter of a billion people. As a member of Canadian Foodgrains Bank, PWS&D will respond to hunger needs as much as we are able.

Through this all, we take comfort in the words of the psalmist, “Let your steadfast love, O Lord, be upon us, even as we hope in you” (Psalm 30:22). PWS&D is working with our partners to share this love and hope with those we serve.

PWS&D is responding through the ACT Alliance where rapid response projects have started in 14 countriesProjects are initially helping affected people with access to food, sanitation and hygiene, protective equipment and psycho-social support, with a focus on gender justice and the protection of highly vulnerable populations. PWS&D partners in three countries (Afghanistan, Malawi and Ghana) are implementing COVID-19 relief projects through the ACT Alliance.

Adjustments have been made to programs in every country where PWS&D works, repurposing funds for planned activities which are not currently possible. In Malawi, personal protective equipment has been purchased to enable health programs. Food security projects have been modified to ensure people don’t go hungry. Take home packages for students will allow education programs to continue in Afghanistan. Radio messages in Guatemala are raising awareness about the spread of COVID-19. 

Please support this essential work by making a donation today.

A gift of $20 or $50 can provide personal protective equipment (PPE) for health workers or help families put food on their tables when livelihoods are threatened.

Join with us in praying for those who are already so vulnerable, that they won’t experience the worst effects of the pandemic. 

With hope,

Guy Smagghe


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