"The Anglican Church of Canada's General Synod has requested bishops and deans to focus, for 22 days, from May 31 to June 21 , on renewing the church's commitment to support the work of the Anglican Fund for Healing and Reconciliation through prayers, participation in awareness-raising campaigns and donations. Early this year , Council of General Synod (CoGS) agreed to dedicate the undesignated proceeds of Giving with Grace, General Synod's annual fundraising campaign, to replenish the fund. For the next five years, the fund -- created in 1992 as part of the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement -- will focus on language recovery". General Secretary, Archdeacon Michael Thompson, "stressed that while the Anglican Church of Canada has met its legal obligations under the settlement agreement, 'we're far from finished with our spiritual and moral obligation to continue to support the healing work that is underway among those survivors and in those communities'."
"The Primate's World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF) is contributing $20,000 to ACT Alliance's aid for people in Mali who are fleeing armed conflict after a military coup in March 2012. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees estimates that 380,000 people have left northern Mali since the start of the conflict, with 230,000 internally displaced and 150,000 fleeing as refugees to Mauritania, Niger, Burkina Faso and Algeria. PWRDF noted in a statement that the refugees are straining resources in host communities, which are recovering from a food crisis in 2012. 'Water, food, shelter and medical care are needed immediately'." [Text of entire article.]
"Disaster risk-reduction training has spared the lives of hundreds in two cities in the island of Mindanao, Philippines, which was hit by a disastrous typhoon this past December . In 2011, more than 1,200 people were killed when another tropical storm, Typhoon Washi, hit Cagayan de Oro and Iligan. 'People weren't prepared. And they paid the price', said Ben Ramiso, emergencies program manager for the Muslim-Christian Alliance for Advocacy, Relief and Development, whose work was funded by Christian Aid, a member of church-backed ACT Alliance. 'Last year, the people had to save themselves. But today, because of better organization within the communities, the people mobilized quickly', said Ramiso". [Text of entire article.]
"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".