RELUFA partners with the Presbyterian Church USA through the Joining
Hands Initiative of the Presbyterian Hunger Program. In support of
longterm strategies that address systemic causes of hunger and poverty,
Joining Hands collaborates with overseas networks of churches,
non-profit organizations and grassroots groups. The program encourages
US churches to accompany its JH partner networks through solidarity
actions. Joining Hands has been established in Cameroon, South Africa,
Lesotho, Egypt, Palestine, South India, Peru, Bolivia and, most
recently, Sri Lanka. The global Joining Hands community is kept
informed through the quarterly Joining Hands Newsletter.
Congregations in Chicago Presbytery and the Presbytery of the Twin
Cities Area have joined the program as Joining Hands companions of
RELUFA. In solidarity with RELUFA's Economic Justice program, these Presbyteries are currently lobbying for the PCUSA to join the international Publish What You Pay Campaign.
Through the Joining Hands Program RELUFA has been able to secure support of its 2006 Food Sovereignty program
from the Presbyterian Disaster Asistance (PDA), the Presbyterian Hunger
Program (PHP) and the United Methodist Committee On Relief (UMCOR).
The Self Development of People program (SDOP) of the Presbyterian
Church USA has in principle agreed to provide an initial start up loan
fund for RELUFA's Credit Against Poverty program (CAP).
Joining Hands Newsletter
Presbyterian Hunger Program
Disaster Asistance (PDA)
Self Development of People (SDOP)
Methodist Committee On Relief (UMCOR).