Development Program

Milagros Ybanez and Haide Tiangzonplanting corn in Kampingganon barangay, Bantayan Island, Philippines. Photo: Simon Chambers

Milagros Ybanez and Haide Tiangzonplanting corn in Kampingganon barangay, Bantayan Island, Philippines. Photo: Simon Chambers

The majority of PWRDF’s work is in the field of international development.  We work with partners and communities around the world with local people so that they can improve their health, access to food, human rights, and more.

PWRDF works in 28 countries with a variety of partners including Anglican dioceses, ecumenical, and secular partners.  Our partners are present in communities, and work with local leaders and people to determine the needs and the most appropriate responses to those needs.  PWRDF, in partnership with them, supports those responses.
PWRDF partners provide programs that enable vulnerable people to improve the quality of their daily life, to become more self-reliant and to address root causes of poverty and injustice.

Download a PDF detailing PWRDF’s 2016-2017 development programs and relief efforts.

Our programs address:

  • Health– communities in the developing world often lack access to basic health care facilities, education and supplies. HIV and AIDS continues to be a huge issue in many countries.
    • Maternal, Newborn and Child Health– Many PWRDF partners have a focus on the health of women through pregnancy and childbirth and beyond, as well as of children from birth to age 5.
  • Food– 1 in 9 people in the world does not have enough healthy food to eat each day. Most of those people are small scale farmers.  And most of them are women.
  • Indigenous– For 20 years, PWRDF has worked with Indigenous communities in Canada as development partners.

Two themes “cross-cut” virtually all PWRDF programs, having an impact on the work in any of the above sectors.  They are:

  • Environment– Climate change is perhaps the single greatest issue facing the planet. PWRDF programs examine environmental impact, and work to promote adaptation and mitigation of climate change.
  • Gender– Improving the lives and situations of girls and women addresses the injustice of gender-based gaps and also leads to greater benefits for the whole community.Global Affairs Canada Logo

Some PWRDF programs receive funding from Global Affairs Canada, a department of the government of Canada.  These programs require funding from PWRDF which is matched by funds from the government at a ratio ranging from 3:1 to 6:1, depending on the program.

  • All Mothers and Children Count– This program is increasing the access to health and nutrition of mothers and young children in Burundi, Mozambique, Rwanda and Tanzania
  • Preventive Health and Food Security– Working in Tanzania, Mozambique and Burundi with local partners who are providing basic health care and ensuring vulnerable people including mothers, children, and people living with HIV have access to enough food to eat.
  • South Africa– Working through the Keiskamma Trust to support people living with HIV and AIDS with access to health care, accompaniment and food.

    Training local people to install solar suitcases in rural health clinics in Mozambique. Photo: Zaida Bastos

    Training local people to install solar suitcases in rural health clinics in Mozambique. Photo: Zaida Bastos