Magazine article Anglican Journal

Cuba Si: PWRDF Meets Partners from Latin America and the Caribbean

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Cuba Si: PWRDF Meets Partners from Latin America and the Caribbean

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Last March I attended the PWRDF Latin America/Caribbean roundtable consultations in Cuba. Hearing what the nine partners had to say was truly inspiring for me.

I learned that I don't need to speak the same language to share, understand and respect the lives of others. Silent listening can be just as important as talking. I will always reach out to make these kinds of connections.

I would like to introduce you to Gisela Blaya, coordinator for Networking and Development Projects in the Sustainable Development Program of the Cuban Council of Churches in Havana. Gisela is an agricultural engineer working at the diocesan level of this organization, which has been in partnership with PWRDF for 14 years. With the translation assistance of Suzanne Rumsey, PWRDF program coordinator for Latin America/Caribbean, Gisela told me about the work PWRDF is helping to support and what it means to the people of Cuba. I invite you to read Gisela's living letter to you.--Christine Hills is the communications associate for PWRDE

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We work with PWRDF in collaboration with the United Church and with KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives, an ecumenical social justice movement. There is a lot of communication and transparency. We have been able to express the needs of the communities we represent across Cuba, as these needs have been described by the communities themselves. We have received direct funding from PWRDF to support specific pieces of work, particularly in our gender and sustainable development, HIV/AIDS programming, as well as for emergency assistance in the wake of the hurricanes that struck Cuba in 2008. …

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