Famine-stricken peoples of India and Africa and earthquake victims in Turkey received a major portion of $200,724 contributed last year by Canadian Anglicans to the Primate's World Relief Fund.
Since the fund was established in 1960 a total of $1,422,358 has been disbursed through the World Council of Churches and other agencies for the alleviation of distress in the world's disaster areas.
Responding to an appeal by the Christian Council of India which has undertaken the emergency feeding of 1,000,000 persons daily, the Primate's fund made a grant of $35,000 in 1966. One phase of the council's plan involves the increasing of water supplies and another seeks to improve farming methods to prevent recurring famines.
An additional grant of $20,000 went to the Canada-Mysore project, an cooperative scheme in food technology in which the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, the Canadian Hunger Foundation and India's Technological Research Institute are among the participants. The total disbursement of $62,621 in India included also $5,000 to aid rehabilitation work following the Madras cyclone and floods and $2,500 for tuberculosis control in the sub-continent.
Famine sufferers in Africa were helped to the extent of $10,000 while a similar grant was made to Turkey for housing victims of the severe earthquake in Eastern Anatolia.
Other grants included $19,000 for refugees in Kenya, Rwanda and the Sudan, while a total of $33,000 went for agricultural projects in Burma, Rhodesia, Tanzania, Tunisia, Greece, West Pakistan and Chile.
The Primate, Most Rev. Howard H. Clark, appeals to Anglicans to mark Centennial Year by making a substantial birthday gift to the world's needy people through the World Relief Fund.
A record $254,632 was contributed to the Primate's World Relief Fund of the Anglican Church of Canada during Centennial Year. Through the fund Canadians help to alleviate starvation and distress caused by disasters, assist refugees and homeless people, and give support to a variety of relief projects abroad.
Most Rev. Howard H. Clark, the Primate, expressed gratification at the achievement, at the same time announcing that the 1968 target had been set at $400,000. Last year's total compares with the previous high mark of $235,412, reached in 1960, the year the fund was established, and exceeded the 1966 figure by $53,908. The eight-year aggregate amounts to $1,676,988.
"Canada is one of the few countries that today are increasing their aid to under-developed countries," Archbishop Clark said. "But still it is not doing enough. And the Primate's World Relief Fund is not doing enough."
Speaking particularly of the need for food in India and other countries, he said: "The world is facing a crisis. So far, it is losing the battle with hunger. We are still producing too many people and not enough food."
Grants made by the fund last year amounted to more than $235,000. They included $33,500 for a variety of needs in Africa; $20,000 to drought-parched areas in India for projects designed to promote irrigation and better farming; $25,000 for Middle East refugees without distinction of nationality, religion or politics and $10,000 for the East Asian Christian Council's teams working among civilian war victims in Vietnam.
Most of the grants, made up of voluntary donations given over and above the regular church budget, go to relief projects sponsored by the Division of Inter-Church Aid of the Refugee and World Service of the World Council of Churches. Administrative costs average just over five percent annually.
The sum of $101,063, earmarked to aid victims of the Nigeria-Biafra civil war, figures largely in a record total of $415,871 contributed in 1968 to the Primate's World Relief Fund of the Anglican Church of Canada. The fund is a continuing facility through which Anglicans assist in the alleviation of global suffering.
The total exceeds the objective of $400,000 set by Most Rev. Howard H. Clark, the Anglican primate, who in his annual appeal emphasized the need of immediate aid for Nigeria and Biafra. It topped the 1967 total by $161,239.
Since the Primate's World Relief Fund was established in 1960 to aid suffering occasioned by disasters and famine, the rehabilitation of refugees and a variety of relief projects overseas, contributions have amounted to $2,092,850, a yearly average of $232,539.
Refugees in Tanzania, Kenya and Botswana, lepers in Ethiopia, youngsters in an inter-racial school in Mbabane, Swaziland, in addition to the starving people of Nigeria and Biafra, were included among those assisted through grants totalling $221,063 designated for Africa and the Middle East. The sum of $42,000 went to India, Pakistan and Ceylon, most of it for famine sufferers on the sub-continent. Civilian war victims in Vietnam will benefit from a grant of $20,000 to be disbursed by the East Asian Christian Conference, while $10,000 was set aside for rehabilitation of earthquake victims in Iran.
Most of the grants, made up of voluntary donations, apart from regular church budgets, go to relief projects sponsored by the Division of Inter-Church Aid, Refugee and World Service of the World Council of Churches.
The Anglican Fund is supervised by a committee of the church's General Synod and administrative costs last year amounted to less than four percent.
A grant of $30,000 from the Anglican Church of Canada to the World Council of Churches for Nigeria-Biafra relief has been channeled into the operations of Canairelief.
The money is part of $101,063 collected by the Anglican Primate's World Relief Fund during 1968 to aid victims of the war-torn country.
Canairelief's Lockhead Superconstellation has now completed 47 flights between Sao Tome, an island off the coast of Western Africa and Biafra. The flights, which began January 23 have carried 1,500,000 pounds of relief supplies to the most critical areas of starvation. The airlift, which has been operating two flights each night, was halted from February 9 to March 1 for repairs to the aircraft from bomb damage.
Dr. E.S. Mackay, chairman of Canairelief, said Anglican participation in the project is a "valuable and positive step" that will provide additional funds for the shipment of relief cargo.
The request that the World Council of Churches divert $30,000 from the Anglican Church's contributions to Canairelief was made by the Primate's World Relief Fund allocations committee which also approved a $5,000 grant following a flooding in Syria and $2,500 each for Madagascar and Indonesia after flood damage there.
Thousands of footsore Canadians trudging the highways in marches and walkathons are giving a powerful boost to agencies, churches and other organizations in the drive to provide financial aid for the world's distressed peoples.
The Primate's World Relief Fund of the Anglican Church of Canada has set its 1968 objective at $400,000, nearly doubling the average annual total. Over the last eight years Anglicans have contributed nearly $1,700,000 to the fund.
Tentative allocations aggregating $250,000 have been made for this year. As money becomes available it will be disbursed on the basis of need with priority given to emergency requirements in disaster areas.
Grants are made in the spirit of Christian duty and service without regard for race, colour or creed. The developing countries receive the major share, but each year special needs in other areas - this year in Egypt, Greece and Portugal for instance - are recognized.
The list of countries to which financial aid will be sent reads like a roll-call of nations.
More than $100,000 has been earmarked for Africa. A sampling indicates aid for refugees in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Swaziland and Botswana; for the All Africa Leprosy and Rehabilitation Training Centre at Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian capital; an industrial and social welfare project in Nigeria and dependents of persons under restriction because of the political situation in Rhodesia.
Nearly $40,000 will go to India and Pakistan, most of it for famine victims, while $20,000 has been allocated to North and South Vietnam where war sufferers are being helped, chiefly with medical supplies distributed by the Vietname Asian Christian Service.
The list goes on and on - agricultural projects in Egypt, Crete and Jordan; children's benevolent work in Portugal and Israel, and college students work projects in Hong Kong. All have a strong emotional and practical appeal.
A representative committee of bishops, clergy and laymen adminsters the Primate's World Relief Fund. It investigates through every possible channel to see that grants reach the area of need.
Most of the money is distributed by the World Council of Churches through its Division of Inter-Church Aid, Refugee and World Service which has a large staff of field officers strategically located in various countries. They supervise personally many of the projects undertaken. The World Council represents 225 Protestant, Anglican and Orthodox churches.
The Primate's World Relief Fund of the Anglican Church of Canada is contributing $25,000 for the relief of victims of the war in the Middle East. An initial grant of $5,000 was made on June 9 and subsequently it was decided to augment the sum by $20,000.
The money will be distributed by the World Council of Churches which, following the outbreak of hostilities, issued an appeal to member churches for $2,000,000 in relief funds and sent top-level representatives to key points in the Middle East. Two are in Jerusalem while another is visiting Cairo, Damascus and Beirut to determine how funds can best be used.
Consultations have been held by the WCC representatives in Jerusalem with member churches, international agencies and other authorities so that the world organization can direct its relief activities to both Arabs and Israelis. The WCC has also offered to help resolve the long-standing refugee problem and to achieve a proper solution regarding the care and access to the Holy Places of Jerusalem.
Most Rev. Howard H. Clark, the Primate, will address a letter to all Anglican congregations advising them of the action taken and appealing for continued support of the World Relief Fund so that it may continue to act quickly in meeting such emergencies.
The Anglican Church of Canada announced today a grant of $5,000 from the Primate's World Relief Fund for relief and refugee aid to both Arabs and Israelis arising out of the Middle East conflict.
The funds will be sent to the World Council of Churches for its administration.
Additional aid may be available as the need is determined, committee members administering the fund said.
The fund was established several years ago to be administered in a non-discriminatory and all-inclusive manner in cases of human distress throughout the world.
The announcement of aid follows a statement last week by leaders of the Anglican, Roman Catholic and United Churches which appealed for "the voice of moderation" to prevail in the Middle East crisis.
The statement appealed for peace in the Middle East countries. It was made by Archbishop Howard H. Clark, Rev. Louis Levesque, co-adjutor Archbishop of Rimouski, Quebec, and president of the Canadian Catholic Congress and Rt. Rev. W.C. Lockhart, Moderator of the United Church of Canada.
Families of coal miners who lost their lives in a series of explosions at the Balmer North Mine, Michel, B.C., will be aided by the Anglican Church of Canada. Fifteen men died as the result of the April 3 disaster in south-eastern British Columbia.
The mine is located in the Diocese of Kootenay and the church's Primate's World Relief Fund has made a grant of $2,500 as a token of Anglican concern for the bereaved people. The money was made available to Rt. Rev. E.W. Scott, Bishop of Kootenay, who has contributed it to the disaster fund set up following the explosion.
For the last several years the Primate's World Relief Fund has made grants averaging $200,000 annually to alleviate human distress throughout the world.
The Anglican Church of Canada through its Primate's World Relief Fund has sent $2,500 to alleviate distress and for restoration work in Aberfan, South Wales, arising from the coal-slag avalanche which took the lives of some 150 persons, mostly children.
In making the money available to Rt. Rev. W.G.H. Simon, Bishop of Llandaff, Canon Maurice Wilkinson, secretary of the relief fund, cabled that the heart-felt prayers of all Canadian Anglicans were being offered for the people of Aberfan.
Whereas responsible Christians feel a continuing concern for their African brothers in South Africa and Rhodesia who suffer by reason of policies of discrimination, and
Whereas the Primate's World Relief Fund provides a ready channel which has already been used to enable Anglicans to send financial help in such circumstances,
This General Synod commends the Primate's World Relief Fund for this action and urges that it continue to give as much aid as possible to people in Africa who are suffering hardship as a result of discriminatory legislation and policies. CARRIED in both Houses.