"Ecumenical faith leaders in Africa have launched a call to action and appeal for the more than 12 million people affected by famine in the Horn of Africa. In Canada, The Primate's World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF) continues to accept donations for famine victims. PWRDF, the relief and development arm of the Anglican Church of Canada, has released an initial grant of $75,000 for the victims through the Action of Churches Together (ACT) Alliance and the Canadian Foodgrains Bank. 'Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia are being overwhelmed by people fleeing hunger, thirst and war', said faith leaders in a statement".
"Like many Canadian, the Rev. David Pritchard of Christ Church Cathedral in Whitehorse [Yukon] was deeply disturbed by the horrific images of displaced and starving people in the drought-stricken Horn of Africa in July 2011". "With support from the Bank of Montreal, the Horn of Africa Famine Relief Project was launched. The target: 'A dollar for every Yukoner', Pritchard says. (A recent census puts the territory's population at slightly less than 36,000.)" After eight weeks of fundraising efforts, "'We were able to send $28,000 to the Primate's World Relief and Development Fund before the deadline for matching funds with federal grants', he says. The project raised almost $42,000, exceeding its goal. 'We showed that Yukoners are among the most generous people living in this great country', says Pritchard".