Poverty

Social Concerns
Bishops Cynthia Moore-Koikoi (left) of the Western Pennsylvania Conference and Eben K. Nhiwatiwa of the Zimbabwe Area celebrate the signing of a continuing partnership covenant between the two areas during the 2019 Laity Academy at Africa University in Mutare, Zimbabwe. Photo by Eveline Chikwanah, UM News.

Zimbabwe, Western Pennsylvania partnership continues

A new covenant between the Zimbabwe Episcopal Area and Western Pennsylvania Conference continues a long-standing partnership that has improved health care, provided safe water, addressed poverty and built churches and relationships.
Social Concerns
Staff members and management of the Wesley Savings and Multipurpose Cooperative hold hands in prayer during a meeting at their office in San Isidro, Philippines. The cooperative’s purpose is “to alleviate poverty and enhance the dignity and quality of life of people,” said the Rev. Ferdinand J. Valdez, top executive of the cooperative. Photo courtesy of the Rev. Ferdinand J. Valdez.

Filipino cooperative models faith in action

Since 2002, the Wesley Savings and Multipurpose Cooperative has provided tools for economic self-sufficiency, loving God through serving the community.
Violence
Yakuba Barka has been at an internally displaced persons camp in Jalingo, Nigeria, for four years. He and his family fled their home in Chibok when the area was attacked by the Boko Haram terrorist group. Barka and his family journeyed for two years before making their way to the camp. Photo by Tim Tanton, UM News.

Church provides aid to Nigerians displaced by violence

Ten camps for internally displaced persons around Jalingo are sheltering people who have fled violence perpetrated by Boko Haram or conflicts involving groups such as the Fulani herdsmen.
Social Concerns
Salome Mudiwa, age 19, is a first-year student at Bindura University of Science Education. She is studying natural resources in Bindura, Zimbabwe.  Photo by the Rev. Taurai Emmanuel Maforo, UM News.

Rural girls face challenges at city universities

Rural girls seeking education in cities in Zimbabwe are at risk if they take emotional or financial support from older men.

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