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.