Primate's World Relief and Development Fund

April 11, 2017 | By PWRDF Communications Coordinator, Janice Biehn

The world is facing the largest humanitarian crisis since the end of the Second World War, with more than 20 million people in four countries on the brink of starvation and famine, according to the United Nations. These four countries are Nigeria, South Sudan, Somalia and Yemen. Strung together, they form a belt around the mid-section of the African continent, a belt that is tightening day by day.

PWRDF has funded relief work in three of these countries over the past year as well as neighbouring countries that are also affected, says Naba Gurung, PWRDF Humanitarian Response Coordinator. Though drought has contributed to hunger and famine Gurung says conflict and political violence are the root causes. "In South Sudan, the famine and hardship are very much conflict driven; political violence came first and then the drought. It's true in Somalia as well, though the drought there is more permanent."

There are different opinions about the impact of climate change, says Gurung. "The rains come in cycles. In the past, farmers would know when drought would come. What is new - in the last 10 or 15 years - is the irregularity and the extremism of the climate. It's now unpredictable. And many of these governments have other priorities, or lack the capital to invest in ways to protect against drought and climate change."

Due to violence and drought, many Somalis sought refuge in Kenya over the past few years, but they now have to return home. Without land or property, they are becoming Internally Displaced Persons. Kenya has had its own political conflict and a presidential election coming in August. The drought there has hit pastoral communities hard and resource-based conflict is becoming rampant.

Through its partners ACT Alliance and Canadian Foodgrains Bank, PWRDF has responded to several emergency relief appeals in the past year. Donations to our East Africa appeal will be added to grants already committed to further fund relief programs in South Sudan, Somalia and Kenya.

You can make a world of difference to the lives of people in East Africa by donating to PWRDF`s East Africa appeal at our website: - Donate. For more information on PWRDF's response to the drought and famine affecting parts of Africa, please visit the PWRDF website at:

Download the above appeal (.pdf format)


What's New


Ride for Refuge - September 30, 2017 PWRDF has joined the Ride for Refuge, a national fundraising program encouraging people to form or join a team and ride in one of 31 locations across Canada to raise funds for their charity of choice.

This year PWRDF will pedal to provide community health workers in Africa with bicycles. Part nurse, part social worker, part friend, part advocate, part educator, part nutritionist- community health workers are the backbone of PWRDF health programs in hundreds of villages around the world. Community health workers visit, advise and teach pregnant women throughout their pregnancies and after they give birth. A bicycle allows a worker to visit more pregnant women and mothers of young children in the communities where they live.

All of the funds raised will be matched by the Government of Canada 6:1, so every $100 raised will become $700 towards helping mothers and babies thrive!

More info and learn how you can participate


PWRDF to respond to Fort McMurray wildfires
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."

Learn more and how you can help

Added May 7, 2016

PWRDF Workshop 2016 Poster


Syrian Emergency Relief

Syrian Relief-2016Update
March 9, 2016 - The government of Canada has extended the deadline for matching funds for eligible donations to Canadian agencies working to provide relief to Syrians displaced within Syria and living as refugees in the surrounding countries to February 29, 2016.

Funds raised will provide assistance to meet the ongoing humanitarian needs of those affected by the conflict in Syria, including shelter, food security, health care, water and livelihoods. 2.4 million people are in need of shelter in Syria according to the UN 2016 Humanitarian Needs Overview.

PWRDF continues to respond to the needs of displaced Syrians through the ACT Alliance and the Canadian Foodgrains Bank, as well as through its long-time partner Refuge Egypt in Cairo. The ACT Alliance appeal for 2016 is a continuation of its 2015 appeal and PWRDF has approved CAD $300,000 from designated donations for the 2016 appeal.

Thanks to the generosity of Anglicans in Canada, PWRDF has received over $526,000 for the ongoing Syrian refugee crisis.

Above photo by Paul Jeffrey

Donations can be made in the following ways:
On-line at
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

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

Thank you for supporting PWRDF's continuing work of providing relief to Syrian refugees.

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image: Syrian Refugee march

October, 2015 - PWRDF funds emergency relief to Syrian refugees in Europe. The Primate's World Relief and Development Fund has sent an initial grant of $20,000 in relief funds for Syrian and other refugees seeking refuge in Europe. For every dollar donated to PWRDF's program, the Canadian government will put a matching dollar into its Syria Emergency Relief Fund, effective September 12 through December 31, 2015.
More info
Donate to PWRDF's Syria Response


Saskatchewan wildfire relief
July 2015 - PWRDF, in consultation with Saskatchewan Bishop Michael Hawkins, announced on July 7 an initial grant of $15,000 to the Prince Albert Grand Council, which is helping with evacuations (more than 12,000 so far) and providing meals, clothing, and shelter to supplement the Red Cross' effort. More information

New maternal, newborn and child health program in 350 African villages
July 2015 -PWRDF has a new joint program with the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (DFATD). PWRDF will contribute $2,654,612 over five years towards the $17,697,412 project that will focus on maternal and child health in 350 villages in Burundi, Mozambique, Rwanda and Tanzania. PWRDF story

Nepal earthquake
June 2015 - A huge thank you to all donors, active parishes and volunteers who helped PWRDF raise $585,044 for Nepal earthquake relief by the May 25, 2015 cut-off date for matching funds from the federal government. PWRDF continues to provide for the immediate needs of survivors. Anglican Journal story

Burundi instability
June 2015 - Political unrest in the east African country of Burundi after mass protests and a failed coup attempt has driven more than 100,000 Burundians to flee their homes, PWRDF has pledged an initial grant of $10,000 through the ACT Alliance to provide household goods, clean water and sanitation to refugees and displaced people. PWRDF story


Information on parish resources


Local Heroes
Ottawa ACW (Anglican Church Women) raised $500 for the Nepal relief efforts in time to have the Canadian government match the funding! Thank you!

St. Luke's Ottawa has a new garden sprouting from seeds planted at the PWRDF workshop in April! Thanks to the ideas of Creation Matters' Philippa Jones, one of the presenters!

Not only was awareness fostered of the Third Mark of Mission, but a concert and lunch raised over $800 for the PWRDF after a special service at St. John's South March last October. Read all about it in the article "Some Like it Hot!" by Barbara Apro, in our latest newsletter.


Fred Says

Who is Fred? He is Archbishop Fred Hiltz, Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada and President of the Primate's World Relief and Development Fund. Fred is passionate about the work of PWRDF, which he calls one of the best good news stories of the Anglican Church of Canada. The work of PWRDF includes partnering with communities to help people access nutritious food.

You and your parish or outreach group are invited to view these short and snappy video Fredisms, then follow up by learning more online about the issue of food security and accessing useful resources. You can do all of this at


A digest of current PWRDF initiatives we know will challenge and intrigue you.

PWRDF raising money for South Sudan
PWRDF Ottawa supporters Riding for Refuge in South Sudan, 2014: l-r Rob Garcia (Epiphany Ottawa), Rev. Karen Coxon (March), Anton (Tony) Lovink (St. John the Evangelist Ottawa), Valerie Maier and Charles Maier (Epiphany Ottawa), Philippa Wilson (St. Paul's Kanata), Marilyn Brownlee and Eileen Mortimer (St. Stephen's Ottawa). Absent: Henry Troup (Christ Church Ashton) who rode the furthest, and Shalini Rafael (St. Stephen's).


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PWRDF PWRDF is the Anglican Church of Canada's agency for sustainable development, relief, refugees, and global justice.

PWRDF walks with partners in Canada and overseas to share in creating a more just and peaceful world. They provide relief for human disasters, support refugee rehabilitation and development, and undertake health care projects.

In the Diocese of Ottawa, members of our local PWRDF working group actively support Primate's Fund initiatives. They raise awareness of the life-affirming work of PWRDF through education on global justice issues. They build and encourage connections with individual parishes. They seek and encourage individuals looking for meaningful ways to express the baptismal promise to strive for justice and peace and to respect the dignity of every human being. The PWRDF committee organizes workshops and, conferences, develops tools and media resources and challenges parishes to get involved. Please visit the PWRDF Committee webpage to find out more. Enough for all

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