PWRDF

Lent 2016

This year we are joining with the whole diocese of New Westminster and fundraising for two particular projects during Lent. They are the water projects in Tanzania and the food security project in Cuba. More information on both these projects can be found below- please check them out. At St Mary’s, we will be collecting on Easter Day at all three services. Parishioners can choose to which project they would like their Lenten saving directed by including the name of the project with their offering.

Thank you.

The Diocese of New Westminster PWRDF Unit

For further information and to give feedback for this initiative,
please e-mail Peter Goodwin, Chair of the Unit

PWRDF OUTREACH PROJECTS

Food Security in CubaWater Projects in AfricaSyrian Emergency Relief

Feb 2016 | Growing Food -Food Security in Cuba

What do you do when the food security of your country is put at risk by international political and economic events? That’s the question the Cuban churches were faced with in the wake of the collapse of the Soviet Union and the ongoing U.S. economic blockade in the early 1990s. An enormous challenge for the Cuban government and people, it also proved an important opportunity for the Cuban churches when the government encouraged the churches to look at ways of using their land and human resources to grow and provide food to their communities.

What emerged at the ecumenical level – with support from PWRDF and others – was the Sustainable Development Program (SDP) of the Cuban Council of Churches (CCC). Among other initiatives, the SDP set about training church and community volunteers in food production and conservation (canning). Those trained volunteers returned to their parishes and communities to develop food production and conservation projects, funded and supported by the SDP.

Two decades later, a PWRDF delegation to Cuba in March 2015 encountered people of faith engaged in and passionate about “the care of creation and community” through their rural and urban food growing initiatives. As CCC president, the Rev. Joel Ortega stated, “Worship time encompasses all of life, not just church on Sundays.”

To support the ongoing food security training work of the Cuban Council of Churches’ Sustainable Development Program, make your donation payable to PWRDF and earmarked for “Food Security in Cuba.”

Feb 2016 | The Gift of Empowerment – Water in Tanzania

How far do you walk to get water? For most of us, it’s a few steps to the kitchen or washroom sink, the turn of a tap, and out flows clean water. For Habiba Natenda who lives in the village of Mtalikachau in rural Masasi, Tanzania it used to be a 10 km walk – each way – to fill a 20-litre bucket of water. “Traditionally, it is us [women] who fetch or collect the water for domestic use, but because of climate change it is getting more and more difficult to get water,” she explains. As a result, the swamps and shallow wells that Habiba and others were forced to use were often contaminated and led to outbreaks of cholera, diarrhea, and typhoid. These conditions struck hardest at children.

The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF) has worked with the Diocese of Masasi and the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFTAD, formerly CIDA) to bring clean water to Mtalikachau and other villages in rural Masasi. Deep bore holes (wells) have been dug and community water committees have been formed (involving men AND women) so that Habiba and thousands of women and their families have ready access to clean water, experience reduced rates of water-borne diseases, and now have time for other important activities in their lives.

To support the ongoing work of the Diocese of Masasi to bring clean water to rural Tanzanian communities, make your donation payable to PWRDF and earmarked for “Water Projects in Africa.

Syrian Emergency Relief
Feb 4th | Syrian Refugee Update 

The government of Canada has extended the deadline for matching donations made to PWRDF till February 29th to support the Syrian refugees in Syria, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey.

Donations can be made in the following ways:

On-line
http://pwrdf.org/donate

PWRDF Donations By Phone
For credit card donations contact:
Jennifer Brown
416-924-9192 ext. 355; 1-866-308-7973
Please do not send your credit card number by email or fax.

By Mail
Please make cheques payable to PWRDF, Syria Response and send to:

The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund
The Anglican Church of Canada
80 Hayden Street
Toronto, Ontario  M4Y 3G2

PWRDF Humanitarian Response Coordinator
Naba Gurung
416-924-9192 ext. 321
ngurung@pwrdf.org

Anglicans in Canada are praying, acting and giving to those affected by this refugee crisis. Please watch for updates on PWRDF’s response to the situation at www.pwrdf.org.


An Update from your PWRDF Parish Representative

Syria Response

THANKS TO YOU PWRDF has raised over $110,000 for its Syria response. These funds are eligible for government matching funds. But the need is still great!

PWRDF is supporting ACT Alliance members in providing food, shelter, hygiene, sanitation, psycho-social support, health care and education to displaced Syrians within Syria and to refugees in Lebanon and Jordan; and through the Canadian Foodgrains Bank (CFGB) by supporting food aid to Syrian refugees in southern Lebanon and Beirut, as well as internally displaced people within Syria. The Government of Canada is matching the CFGB program 4:1.

The Government of Canada has announced the creation of the Syria Emergency Relief Fund and will match every eligible dollar donated by individual Canadians to registered Canadian charities in response to the impact of the conflict in Syria, up to $100 million, effective September 12 through December 31, 2015.  For every dollar donated to PWRDF, the Canadian government will put one dollar into its Syria Emergency Relief Fund.

 

Anglicans in Canada are praying, acting and giving to those affected by this refugee crisis. Please watch for updates on PWRDF’s response to the situation at www.pwrdf.org. Thank you for supporting PWRDF’s continuing work of providing relief to Syrian refugees.


PWRDF has sent an initial grant of $20,000 in relief funds for Syrian and other refugees seeking refuge in Europe and is responding through the ACT Alliance, www.actalliance.org. ACT is providing food, water, shelter, healthcare, sanitation, education, and psychosocial support to over 300,000 refugees in Greece, Hungary and Serbia.

Warm clothes and bedding will be provided for the winter months. PWRDF continues to provide relief through ACT and the Canadian Foodgrains Bank (CFGB) to displaced people within Syria, and to refugees in Jordan and Lebanon and Refuge Egypt in Cairo.

The Government of Canada has announced the creation of the Syria Emergency Relief Fund and will match every eligible dollar donated by individual Canadians to registered Canadian charities in response to the impact of the conflict in Syria, up to $100 million, effective September 12 through December 31, 2015.

For every dollar donated to PWRDF, the Canadian government will put one dollar into its Syria Emergency Relief Fund.

Anglicans in Canada are praying, acting and giving to those affected by this refugee crisis. Please watch for updates on PWRDF’s response to the situation at www.pwrdf.org.

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