Welcome to Update - September 2022

This month read about PWRDF's support for CoCoSI in El Salvador as it works to prevent HIV and AIDS Click to Read More       

NEWS      

‘When you go to bed, you never know if you’ll wake up the next morning’

  As Ukrainians marked their Independence Day August 24, they also noted the six-month marker of the current Russian invasion. To date, PWRDF’s Ukraine response has received more than $1 million, with donations still coming in. The outpouring is second only to the earthquake in Haiti in 2010.   Click to read the whole story     

Congolese refugees find growth opportunities in Tanzania

  Laliya Atondo is a Congolese refugee living in Nyarugusu camp, Tanzania. She relies mainly on World Food Programme (WFP) food rations to access food and feed her eight children. However, rations contain only staple items and are regularly reduced due to WFP’s limited resources. With support from Church World Service and PWRDF, she is growing vegetables and earning an income.   Read the whole story       The Rev. Canon Martha Tatarnic, a member of PWRDF's board (shown here with Robert Quill), reflects on a recent visit to Pikangikum First Nation, where PWRDF has supported work to bring clean water to homes for several years.Click to read more

Connecting the dots between residential schools and boil water advisories   “The trauma and grief are living, breathing things in Pikangikum, and the pain and loss that has been passed down across generations continues to make itself known in powerful ways. There is also a faith and strength and defiance and self-possession that defines the community and that became more visible the longer we listened.”   Click to read more

Why more Canadians are leaving a gift to charity in their Wills     We are so lucky. PWRDF supporters are thoughtful individuals, who are committed to making a lasting impact on the lives of the most vulnerable and excluded communities around the world. Your commitment to building a better future for generations forward drives our work. Click to read more

Praying with PWRDF returns!   Our bi-weekly worship returns to Zoom in September. All are welcome to join our online parish. Hundreds have prayed with us from across Canada.

September 8 – Patricia Maruschak – PWRDF Director of Partnerships and Programs

September 22 - Mary Obiero of Church World Service   Subscribe and receive the Zoom links    

EVENTS    

Hymn Sing with the Primate September 20 and 22, 7 p.m. ET Archbishop Linda Nicholls is reprising her popular Hymn Sing on Facebook Live to benefit PWRDF. Request your favourite hymn when you make your donation. (Please note revised dates.)   Request your favourite hymn      

PWRDF Annual General Meeting September 23, 2 p.m. ET   The Rev. Canon Rachel Carnegie, Executive Director of the Anglican Alliance, will join this year’s Annual General meeting. The meeting will be live streamed on our YouTube channel (see link above). We will also consider the audited financial statements for fiscal year 2021-2022 and auditor’s report, elect directors, meet the auditor, and reappoint the incumbent auditors.   Learn more     KAIROS Climate Action Month The theme for 2022's Climate Action month (September) is Decolonizing Climate Action. Activities and events will focus on listening to and learning from peoples and communities who are too often ignored when addressing the climate crisis.    Learn more    

PWRDF wants to hear from you! Please share your fundraising success stories to inspire others and to spread the word about the good work you have done! Email Christine Hills and tell us about it. Many thanks to all of our donors.    

PWRDF coming to a church near you – virtually PWRDF has joined scores of virtual worship services at parishes across the country. Staff can deliver a prerecorded sermon, or join live worship on Zoom or other platforms. To learn more or to book a virtual guest speaker, contact Public Engagement Officer Christine Hills.      

RESOURCES      

Book your Mapping Exercise PWRDF's Mapping the Ground We Stand On is now available as an online or an in-person program. Click Here to learn more, or to book your workshop, email Christine Hills.        

Learn as you listen to PWRDF podcasts  

Securing a Future In this episode of Tapestry 2030, we hear from Farida, Rabiul and Ajmira from UBINIG, an NGO based in Bangladesh and long-time partner of PWRDF. With members of the Youth Council, they share their experience with climate mitigation and adaptation and how their responses and projects are being led by Indigenous peoples and local knowledge.  

Listen to the episode a just generation is a series of conversations with allies, educators, and folks working to bring about equity and justice.   

Listen to all episodes of Climate Action resources available for order  

PWRDF’s resources focus on UN Sustainable Development Goal #13, Climate Action. Our series of bulletin inserts highlight how PWRDF partners are taking climate action to improve food security and health, to empower women and Indigenous communities, to respond to emergencies, to accompany refugees and displaced people and to engage youth. 

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