The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF) is the Anglican Church of Canada’s agency for sustainable development and relief. With the support of Anglicans across Canada, PWRDF partners with organizations working to increase healthy pregnancies and births, reduce gender inequality, relieve hunger and break the cycle of poverty in the world’s most vulnerable communities. Against a backdrop of climate change, PWRDF strives to address the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals for 2030.”
Working towards a truly just, healthy and peaceful world.
If you would like to find out more about PWRDF, Rosamund our St. George's PWRDF representative, would be happy to help out with any queries you have about this great grass roots Anglican organisation. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As a community we were grateful to be able to support a Christmas 2020 project, purchasing 2 solar powered wells and a third well with a hand pump for communities in Kenya. Made possible through the PWRDF World of Gifts. If this is your first glimpse into the organisation there is a wealth of information on the website which Rosamund highly recommends that you explore.
Information used here is taken from https://pwrdf.org/
In consultation with Archbishop Mark MacDonald and the Primate, Archbishop Linda Nicholls, PWRDF has been monitoring the situation in Indigenous communities across Canada as they tackle the pandemic. PWRDF has responded with $50,000 to support northern Indigenous communities coping with recent COVID surges.
The Indigenous People’s Alliance of Manitoba-North (IPAM-N) will use the funds to purchase and distribute face masks and supplies for cleaning and disinfecting.
Recently, the Tataskweyak Cree Nation in Northern Manitoba declared a state of emergency due to the rapidly spreading Omicron variant. “Our health staff are tired and overwhelmed,” wrote Bishop Larry Beardy, the Indigenous Suffragan Bishop of Mishamikoweesh’s Northern Manitoba Area Mission. “The cases are exploding in our communities. Please pray for the sick, and all in the communities.”
You can support this response with an online donation (click here). You can also call us at 416-822-9083 or leave a voicemail toll-free at 1-866-308-7973 and we will return your call, or send a cheque to PWRDF, 80 Hayden Street, 3rd Floor, Toronto, ON, M4Y 3G2. Please mark "Indigenous COVID response" in the memo field.
Supporting World of Gifts is an investment in a sustainable future for some of the world’s most vulnerable communities. This year’s guide supports 17 partners as they plan for a healthier and stronger future. Programs include restoring and preserving seeds in Bangladesh, providing families with supplies to raise chickens in Colombia and Zimbabwe, continued support of “smart” dairy farming initiatives in Kenya and of course, back by popular demand, giving goats to people in Malawi, Zimbabwe and Cuba. Click here to shop.
Note: Since this article was first published, an additional $20,000 has been given to Partners In Health Lesotho to extend this program for a total of $40,000. https://pwrdf.org/paying-it-forward-to-lesotho/
The following is taken from the PWRDF website:
The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund has launched a new Vaccine Equity Fund to contribute to the worldwide vaccination effort from COVID-19. Money donated to this fund will be used to support our partners as they prepare for vaccine rollout in the coming months.
For the past year, PWRDF has provided funds to several partners to cope with the effects of COVID-19:
But what’s next? As people in Western countries line up for their “jab,” the people in the vulnerable communities our partners serve wait.
With the cooperation of the Anglican Church of Canada and our Primate, Archbishop Linda Nicholls, PWRDF has created a fund for Anglicans eager to “pay it forward.” Now when you receive your vaccine, you have the opportunity to “Pay it forward” and make a donation to PWRDF’s Vaccine Equity Fund.
“We must ask how we can share the benefits of health care and vaccinations many of us enjoy, with others who need it,” writes Primate Linda. “Canada will have excess vaccine – will we donate it to other nations? Will our government do its part to provide increased funds to COVAX [a pact among nations to share vaccines with all countries] to ensure that availability? Will we ask for a temporary suspension of trade restrictions (which currently control the price of the vaccine) so that production can reach heavily populated areas?”
Vaccine equity is a fundamental expression of the Great Commandment (Matthew 22:37-40) through which we demonstrate our love of God and of neighbour, says Primate Linda.
PWRDF joins the Primate in urging Canadians to do what we can to ensure the people in our own communities, especially the most vulnerable, are being vaccinated. We can also write to the Prime Minister and our Member of Parliament and tell them we want Canada to share excess vaccine, allocate more funds to COVAX and suspend the international agreement to allow vaccines to be produced more quickly and cheaply around the world.
To support PWRDF’s Vaccine Equity Fund, click on the red button above. You may also donate over the phone by calling Donor Relations Officer Mike Ziemerink at 416-822-9083, or leave a voicemail toll-free at 1-866-308-7973 and we will return your call. Or, send a cheque with “Vaccine Equity Fund” in the memo field to PWRDF, 80 Hayden St. Toronto, Ontario, M4Y 3G2. Donations may also support the “Love My Neighbour” movement.