Emergency Relief Program

On every continent, there are communities in crisis where people’s lives have been severely or totally disrupted and where people have been forced to leave their homes and live as internally displaced communities or as refugees. The causes of these disruptions include natural or human made disasters and/or oppressive, unjust or ill-advised socio-economic, political and environmental policies and practices. The consequences of such disruptions are hardest on impoverished and marginalized peoples. PWRDF provides emergency relief to world-wide humanitarian disasters that severely disrupt peoples lives and negatively impact on their ability to cope.


Action By Churches Together (ACT) Alliance

PWRDF is a member of the ACT Alliance–a global, ecumenical alliance of 125 churches and agencies engaged in humanitarian relief, development, and advocacy.  In almost any emergency, one or more ACT members were already working in the community before the international press came and will be there long after they have left. ACT members start the emergency response on the day of the disaster, providing life-saving food, shelter, water and sanitation.

PWRDF uses the ACT mechanism to channel almost all of its emergency response.  PWRDF  gives priority to emergency appeals for needs in countries of the south (Africa, Middle east, Asia/Pacific and Latin America/Caribbean). Within these countries, PWRDF gives priority to forgotten emergencies and appeals that are under subscribed.

The members of ACT are Protestant and Orthodox churches and their related agencies, drawn from the membership of the World Council of Churches and The Lutheran World Federation.

The Canadian Foodgrains Bank


PWRDF sometimes responds to food-specific emergencies (droughts, famines) through the Canadian Foodgrains Bank (CFGB), an ecumenical agency dedicated to end global hunger. The projects we support:

  • Provide food assistance to people with immediate food needs;
  • Work with communities to improve food security (provide food for themselves in the longer-term) through improved agricultural techniques and income generations; and
  • Help families and communities improve their nutrition.

CFGB supported projects receive matching funds from the Department of Foreign Affairs, International Trade and Development Canada (DFATD), often at a ratio of 4:1.

Canadian Churches in Action

PWRDF is a founding member of Canadian Churches in Action (CCA), an informal alliance of 10 Canadian church-based agencies, all of whom are also members of CFGB.  CCA has enabled PWRDF to collaborate with other member agencies on non-food emergency responses, such as shelter provision following the 2010 Pakistan floods.  This work is enhanced by accessing grants from agencies such as CIDA, the Manitoba Council for International Cooperation (MCIC) and the Saskatchewan Council for International Cooperation (SCIC).

Recent Emergency Response Stories:

PWRDF Partners Partake in Evacuations as Powerful Typhoon is About to Hit the Philippines

Asia Pacific Stories, Emergency Response Stories, Philippines, Stories by Region, Stories by Theme
Emergency supplies are ready to go when Typhoon Hagupit arrives in the Philippines. Photo: NCCP

Typhoon Hagupit is expected to make a landfall into Eastern Samar province in the central Philippines on Saturday December 6 at 6pm local time. It […]

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Typhoon Haiyan: One Year Later

Asia Pacific Stories, Emergency Response Stories, Philippines
Milagros Ybanez and Haide Tiangzonplanting corn in Kampingganon barangay, Bantayan Island, Philippines. Photo: Simon Chambers

On November 8, 2013, the most powerful typhoon to ever make landfall struck the Visayas region of the Philippines.  With sustained winds at over 230kph […]

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From tenants to owners after Haiyan

Asia Pacific Stories, Emergency Response Stories, Philippines, Stories by Region
Lenon Jake Bay Bay describes the construction of houses in Sabang Bao, Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan. Photo: Simon Chambers

On November 8, 2013, every single home in barangay (village) Sabang Bao on the island of Leyte, Philippines was damaged or destroyed by Typhoon Haiyan. […]

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The Earthquake the World Forgot

Asia Pacific Stories, Emergency Response Stories, Featured, Philippines, Stories by Region
Exposito Guimalan, a professional carpenter supervising construction of houses after the Bohol earthquake, measures before making a cut. Photo: Simon Chambers

On October 15, 2013, the earth began to shake on Bohol Island in the Central Visayas region of the Philippines.  Fortunately, the island was celebrating […]

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