Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA)
Millions of people around the world struggle to provide basic food staples for their families. Many of the regions have been affected by drought, flooding, or other disasters, and in some regions of the world, the situation is critical. One way PDA addresses food crises is through Growing Hope Globally (GHG). Modeled after the successful Canadian Foodgrains Bank, GHG was established with the commitment that food is a basic right and that God intends for all to have enough to eat (www.growinghopeglobally.org). GHG is focused on farmers and farming communities who set aside acreage to be used for growing projects; when harvested, the crops are sold and the proceeds given to promote programs of hunger relief and sustainable agriculture in countries of need. Presbyterians in the United States are invited to partner with faith-based, civic, farming, urban or business communities and participate in a growing project. These growing projects generate funds to support overseas programs of hunger relief, sustainable agriculture and food security. Projects have included grains, livestock, bees and more.