PWRDF responds to China earthquake

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A massive search and rescue operation is under way in China, after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck killing at least 12,000 people, according to the BBC. Information is sparse and the death toll is likely to rise.

The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF) has committed $10,000 as an initial response to the earthquake. It is working through Action by Churches Together (ACT). Amity Foundation, the only member of ACT International working extensively in China, will coordinate the local response. Amity sent staff to the affected areas of the quake immediately to assess the situation and plan a response. It is reported that communications and transport links have been destroyed by the quake making access to these areas very difficult.

Amity Foundation has deployed their staff to Chengdu, 159 kilometers away from the quake center. They report that they are currently discussing plans for a response with their local partners. Homes have collapsed or have been severely damaged, and many people are injured. People are in urgent need of shelter materials such as tents and relief supplies including rice, clean water, quilts, clothes and medicines. Today Amity Foundation has set up a local office in Chengdu to start coordinating the relief efforts with their partners.
Donations
Anglicans across Canada may respond with their donations through their local parishes, through online donations, or by calling PWRDF directly.
On-line donations
At the Canada Helps website.
By Phone
Contact Barbara Wilkins at (416) 924-9199, ext. 320 for credit card donations. Please do not send your credit card number by e-mail or fax.
By Mail
Please make cheques out to “PWRDF” mark them for China Earthquake
and send them to:
The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund
The Anglican Church of Canada
80 Hayden Street
Toronto, Ontario  M4Y 3G2

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