One of ten short stories of PWRDF and partner projects.
"In 2007 PWRDF joined the Canadian Foodgrains Bank, a group of church relief and development organizations whose collective goal is to end world hunger. When disaster strikes, we can leverage the dollars raised for emergency food relief by pooling our resources with other members in buying supplies such as rice, beans, cooking oil, salt and sorghum. Together we have made an impact in some of the world's worst disaster zones, including earthquakes in Haiti and Nepal, famine in South Sudan and most recently, Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh. For every dollar donated to PWRDF's equity in the Foodgrains Bank, Global Affairs Canada matches it four time. Now that's leverage ". [Text of entire article.]
"The Primate's World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF) has committed $40,000 to help those stricken by Hurricane Irma in Cuba and Haiti, it announced September 12 . PWRDF set aside $20,000 for an appeal for Cuba announced by the ACT Alliance, a network of faith-based aid groups of which PWRDF is a member. The agency allocated another $10,000 for the Episcopal Church of Cuba and $10,000 for a request for rapid-response funds from the Haiti ACT Alliance forum, PWRDF said. Hurricane Irma, the most powerful storm to have swept the Caribbean in a decade, passed through several Caribbean islands and into Florida and other south-east U.S. states September 5 . As of September 21, 73 people were reported to have died as a result of the hurricane". "PWRDF said it is also accepting donations to help those stricken by an earthquake that hit Mexico's south coast September 7 . As of September 23, 320 people were reported to have been killed by the quake, the strongest to have hit Mexico in a century".
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.
So far in 1970, the Primate's World Relief and Development Fund has allocated close to 600,000 dollars for victims of East Pakistan cyclone and tidal waves, Peruvian earthquakes, Rumanian floods and the Nigerian-Biafran crisis, as well as supporting a large number of development projects such as agricultural centres in developing countries and research into poverty.
The Fund was established ten years ago, primarily to coordinate disaster relief money. According to the Secretary of the Fund, the Rev. Robert D. MacRae, the fund has taken on the important role of assisting in rehabilitation and development following natural disasters and to date has spent $2.8 million collected through special appeals.
The PWRDF will give a $10,000 grant to the 2000 member Nishga (Indian) Tribal Council to assist in the financial costs of the Council's fight for aboriginal title to lands in the Nass River Valley, about 500 miles northwest of Vancouver.
The council's claim will go before the Supreme Court of Canada early in 1971.
This is the first time the Church has financially supported a court case.
The Rt. Rev. H.R. Hunt, Chairman of the Allocations Committee of the PWRDF has issued a year-end statement. He says: "Since its inception in 1959, the fund has responded through contributions from the members of the Anglican Church to various world needs in natural catastrophies, refugee and other disasters."
"The 1969 General Synod added a new dimension" says Bishop Hunt, "expanding it to include 'DEVELOPMENT' so that in its present title, PRIMATE'S WORLD RELIEF AND DEVELOPMENT FUND, it now serves all aspects of world need and opportunity in providing support to projects related to material necessities, education, human justice, social and cultural change."
Bishop Hunt says the anticipated allocations for the current year will approximate $600,000 and is evidence of the increasing concern of the Anglican Church to engage in all forms of ministry related to human need in its widest possible expression the world over.
Ten thousand dollars has been allocated by the Primate's World Relief and Development Fund of the Anglican Church of Canada, for emergency relief and rehabilitation in East Pakistan, following a disastrous cyclone and flood in that country.
According to the Rev. Robert D. MacRae, Secretary of the Fund, "this is a first grant to assist in the relief operations of this catastrophic natural disaster." He has sent a telegram to His Excellency, The Honorable M.S. Shaikh, High Commissioner of Pakistan, informing him of the financial allocation and the Church's deep concern for the people of Pakistan.
Various dioceses of the Church across Canada have launched special appeals in addition to the ten thousand dollars from the Primate's World Relief and Development Fund.
The latest grant brings to $82,000 so far, in 1970, the amounts for emergency relief appeals. Two other grants this year included monies to Sudbury, Ontario Area Disaster Relief Fund, following a tornado, and to Peru, following a devastating earthquake.
The Fund is the official channel of the Anglican Church of Canada for relief and development all over the world. It was established in 1960. Since then, total grants have amounted to $2.7 million dollars.
$75,000 has been allocated thus far in 1970 for development of programs in Canada, especially among the native peoples.
The money is raised through special appeals in Parish Churches across Canada.
Anglican Church of Canada reconciliation animator Melanie Delva, and her wife Erin Aleck, were forced to flee their home in Lytton, British Columbia, on 30 June 2021 when the community was destroyed by a wildfire. "The flames consumed not just houses, but community centres, band offices and churches. Among the destroyed churches was St. Mary and St. Paul's Anglican Church, a historic wooden building nearly 150 years old located on Lytton First Nation. St. Mary and St. Paul's was one of two Anglican churches in Lytton. The other, St. Barnabas Anglican Church, survived the wildfire along with its rectory and parish hall. The Rev. Angus Muir, priest of Lytton Anglican Parish, lives in the town of Ashcroft located 80 km away, but regularly conducted services at the two churches in Lytton. He described an ongoing sense of dislocation felt by residents across the parish after the trauma of the fire" (p. 6).
"The Lytton wildfire was one of many that swept across British Columbia this summer, following a devastating heat wave that caused hundreds of deaths and which scientists have linked to human-caused climate change. As of Aug. 16 , the B.C. Wildfire Service had recorded more that 1,500 wildfires across the province so far this year, leading to large-scale evacuations in many communities" (p. 6).
"Deputy Chief John Haugen of Lytton First Nation -- who is also warden at St. Mary and St. Paul's and a member of the Anglican Council of Indigenous Peoples -- lost his home in the fire, as did his siblings. His nephew lost two homes" (p. 7).
In response to the wildfires, the "Territory of the People quickly began raising funds to help clergy provide cash to cover emergency funds for those made homeless or displaced, and to support future rebuilding. Meanwhile, the Primate's World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF) offered a grant of $5,000. Executive Director Will Postma said by the middle of August , PWRDF had raised nearly $25,000 to support those affected by the fire" (p. 7).
"Amidst the disaster and its aftermath, Haugen said, many found solace through faith. .... Delva too has drawn renewed strength from her faith and from the knowledge that people are praying for her and her family. 'I don't know where I would be without my faith', she said. 'I know what matters now'" (p. 7).
TORONTO (October 31, 1996) -- The Primate's World Relief and Development Fund of the Anglican Church of Canada has approved a grant of $25,875 to assist people fleeing the intensifying fighting in eastern Zaire.
The fighting has already resulted in the displacement of hundreds of thousands of people.
The PWRDF grant is to help provide health care, blankets, kitchen utensils, food and shelter for the refugees.
Anglican funds will be channelled through Action by Churches Together (ACT) in Geneva, an association of churches which has distributed aid to refugees and people displaced by fighting in the area for several years.
The Anglican Church of Canada has a long-standing relationship with the churches in Rwanda, Burundi and Zaire.
PWRDF, which approved the grant at a recent meeting, is monitoring the situation in eastern Zaire carefully and expects to make further donations.
For more information or for comment, contact Robin Gibson, director, Primate's World Relief and Development Fund: (416) 924-9199 ext. 264
Contact: Doug Tindal, Director of Communications 416-924-9199 ext. 286; 905-335-8349 (residence) or Sam Carriere, media relations: 416-924-9199 ext. 256
"The Primate's World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF), the Anglican Church of Canada's relief and development agency, is making an immediate contribution of $5,000 to help the Territory of the People (formerly the Anglican Parishes of the Central Interior) provide relief to people affected by wildfires in the territory, PWRDF announced July 19 ". "Gordon Light, bishop of the territory until 2008, has been appointed by the territory's current bishop, Barbara Andrews, to oversee how the PWRDF funds will be spent, PWRDF says". "Clergy and lay volunteers, Light said, are working at three major wildfire relief centres in Kamloops, as well as a number of others in Prince George, where evacuees are being registered and houses. On July 12 , 14,000 people including an estimated 1,000 Anglicans, were forced to leave their homes because of the wildfires raging in B.C.'s Central Interior".
The Primate's World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF) have announced that, as of this date Canadian Anglicans have contributed $425,000 for the drought crisis in Africa.
$325,000 of the total is specifically designated for immediate relief in Ethiopia, and other severely affected countries.
Ethiopia has been the focus of media attention and the majority of contributions, understandably, have been earmarked for relief there, reflecting the outpouring of concern.
PWRDF is acutely aware of the details of the African scene through its own staff and its close connections with the indigenous Churches in the area. It is realized that in addition to the millions affected in Ethiopia, there are another 6 to 7 million other Africans in desperate circumstances.
After assessing this information and that received in the latest telex messages, the PWRDF Allocations Committee has designated the following use of relief funds.
Sahel Region* 50,000
* (The Sahel Region includes seven countries, but special focus is on Chad, a country with a much smaller population than Ethiopia, but whose people are in as desperate a situation.)
The remaining $100,000 is designated for longer range development and rehabilitation projects in Africa. PWRDF is also seeking matching funds from CIDA through the newly formed Africa Emergency Aid, of which it is a member.
LONG TERM AID ESSENTIAL AS WELL AS RELIEF
The rains will come -- in fact, in some places they have begun !
It is essential that as soon as humanly possible aid be channelled to people where they live. If they are forced to move to relief centres there will be no one in their homelands, as the rains come, to plant crops which will alleviate the situation on a long-term basis.
As part of its regular work, PWRDF will continue to aid long term projects such as well digging, drought resistant seeds and agricultural supplies, improved agricultural skills, and diversified crops. Much more will be needed in the coming months and years.
ANGLICAN REPRESENTATIVE ON NEW CO-ORDINATING AGENCY
The Federal Government has made funds available for a new organization, African Emergency Aid (A.E.A.) formed to coordinate Non Governmental Organizations aid to Africa with that of the Government.
We are pleased that a member of the Diocese of Ottawa, Mr. John Maybee, a former Ambassador to India, has been chosen to sit on the eight-member Board.
PWRDF WORKS IN PARTNERSHIP WITH OTHER CHURCH AGENCIES AND INDIGENOUS CHURCHES
In March of this year the Geneva-based international church agencies, Catholic Relief Services, the Lutheran World Federation and the World Council of Churches formed a coordinating task force, the "Churches' Drought Action in Africa" (CDAA).
PWRDF relates to CDAA through the W.C.C. In Ethiopia, a coalition of voluntary agencies and churches called the Chrisitian Relief and Development Association (CRDA) coordinates the response by the voluntary sector.
Within the framework of these two mechanisms, PWRDF support is principally directed to the relief agency of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, a member of both the W.C.C. and the CRDA.
"Anglicans responded to natural disasters in the Philippines, West Sumatra and islands in the Pacific in September  by donating close to $20,000 to The Primate's World Relief and Development (PWRDF) to aid those affected."