2016/10/11 Appeal for Haiti Relief

PWRDF launches appeal for Haiti relief

Hurricane Matthew caused flooding and mudslides in Haiti, displacing tens of thousands of people. Photo: LWF Haiti

As Hurricane Matthew continues to batter the US, its devastation in Haiti is still being discovered. Matthew was the strongest storm to hit Haiti in almost a decade.  Hundreds have died, tens of thousands of homes have been destroyed. Roads and other infrastructure is gone. Flooding and mudslides have increased the danger of cholera and other water-borne diseases.

PWRDF has announced an initial grant of $15,000 through the ACT Alliance for relief efforts to support communities affected by Hurricane Matthew in Haiti.

Before the storm, ACT members prepared, helping to evacuate vulnerable people...  Click on this sentence to read the rest of the article.


2016/10/16 World Food Day

World Food Day - October 16, 2016

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations marks World Food Day each year on October 16, the day on which the Organization was founded in 1945. Each year it is celebrated by more than 150 countries worldwide.  The 2016 World Food Day theme is:

“Climate is changing. Food and agriculture must too.”

One of the biggest issues related to climate change is food security. The world’s poorest - many of whom are farmers, fishers and pastoralists - are being hit hardest by higher temperatures and an increasing frequency in weather-related disasters.


The Canadian Foodgrains Bank has produced a World Food Day worship resource, From Hope to Harvest, that features PWRDF partners from Tanzania:


Advent, Christmas and Lent are particularly appropriate times to focus on the work of PWRDF.

PWRDF Christmas Cards

"Cross" and "Nativity" cards are now available.

“Cross” and “Nativity” cards are now available.

A recommended donation of $20 per pack to support our work is invited for a pack of 12 cards and envelopes.

Card Size: 4.625″ x 6.25″

There are two designs to choose from: Cross (by LanaN) and Nativity (by Mark Hauser).

Cards may be ordered through your PWRDF parish representative or directly from PWRDF by calling:

Ricky de Castro
1-866-308-7973 or 416-924-9199, ext. 318

or email: Ricky de Castro


Now you have a new way to share Christmas greetings while supporting PWRDF. In addition to giving gifts through the Gifts for Mission catalogue and sending traditional PWRDF Christmas cards, you can now send PWRDF Christmas eCards.

By making a suggested donation of $10 or more  to PWRDF, you will receive via email a code that will give you access to the eCard section of the PWRDF website and can send eCards to your friends and family using either of our card designs.  Click here to visit the PWRDF eCard page.

Advent Resource- Coming Soon

Written by Rev. Shawn Sanford Beck, a priest and educator from the Diocese of Saskatoon.  Use this resource during Advent to give a deeper meaning to issues of food security through reflection and prayer. Not just for Advent but all year long.

Cost: Free



2016/05/04 PWRDF and Fort MacMurray

PWRDF to respond to Fort McMurray wildfires

May 4, 2016 | By Simon Chamber

As the city of Fort McMurray sits under a mandatory evacuation notice and wild fires continue to rage around the city, 60,000 people have been forced to flee.  20,000 are expected to arrive in Edmonton today according to the CBC.

“The worst of the fire is not over,” said Bernie Schmitte, manager of Alberta Agriculture and Forestry at a press conference Tuesday evening.  “We’re still faced with very high temperatures, low relative humidity and some strong winds.”

PWRDF will respond through local Anglican channels as the needs become evident in the next few days.  Naba Gurung, PWRDF’s Development and Humanitarian Relief Coordinator, has been in contact with the Dioceses of Athabasca and Edmonton and will continue to liaise with both dioceses throughout this emergency.

The Rev. Lesley Wheeler-Dame of the Parish of the Northern Lights – St. Paul’s Anglican Church told PWRDF that her parish covers 4 community centers and people are offering help to evacuees in whatever way they can.

“The highway is jam packed with vehicles,” said Lesley.  “We’re about 300 km south of Fort McMurray.  It was devastating to see the vehicles- bumper to bumper, covered with ash.  People looking worn out.

“We are offering space for people to stay, to park vehicles, to gather and pray.”

The parishes of Cold Lake and Spruce Grove in the Diocese of Edmonton are doing all they can to respond to the needs of evacuees.

Please continue to pray for those affected by the fires and those battling them.  You can support PWRDF’s relief efforts:

You can designate your online donation for “Fort McMurray wild fire”.              

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”, mark them for “Fort McMurray wild fire” and send them to:
The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund
The Anglican Church of Canada
80 Hayden Street
Toronto, Ontario  M4Y 3G2

 PWRDF Donations Contact:
Jennifer Brown
416-924-9192 ext. 355; 1-866-308-7973

 PWRDF Humanitarian Response Coordinator:
Naba Gurung
416-924-9199 ext. 321;  1-866-308-7973




2016/02/24 Health Care for Refugees

Many of you will be aware that last week Ministers McCallum (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship) and Philpott (Health) jointly announced the reinstatement of the Interim Federal Health program.  This program, which provided much-needed medical support to refugees arriving in Canada was cut by the Conservative government in 2012.   The ministers also announced that they were extending the program to refugees overseas who were in the process of coming to Canada. 
After a 4-year struggle this was wonderful news to receive.  Attached is a letter of thanks (I think the first-ever that I’ve been involved in writing to the government!) to Minister McCallum and Philpott from the Primate and our Executive Director, Adele Finney.  The letter will be posted shortly to the PWRDF website.
With thanks to all those who were involved in efforts to have the IFH program reinstated... As one refugee advocate was quoted as saying the day of the announcement, “This is a proud day to be Canadian!”
Suzanne Rumsey
Public Engagement Program Coordinator