Relief

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

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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 responds to Nepal appeals for help after flooding

Asia Pacific Stories, Emergency Response Stories, Featured, Food Security Stories, Health, PWRDF News Release
Relief material being delivered to the affected people in Jhapa. LWF Nepal photo

PWRDF has pledged a rapid response grant of $25,000 to ACT Alliance to be given to Lutheran World Federation, Nepal Program, in the wake of […]

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PWRDF commits $38,600 to South Sudanese refugees in Ethiopia

Africa Stories, Emergency Response Stories, Featured, PWRDF News Release, Refugees and Migrants Stories, South Sudan, Uncategorized, Water Stories
Christian Aid photo

For three months starting today, South Sudanese refugees in Ethiopia will have better access to clean water for drinking and sanitation. Approximately 285,809 of the […]

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B.C. Wildfire Update

Canada Stories, Canadian Indigenous Stories, Emergency Response Stories, Featured, PWRDF News Release, Uncategorized
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PWRDF Humanitarian Response Coordinator Naba Gurung has been in close contact with Barbara Andrews, Bishop of the Territory of the People (formerly the Anglican Parishes […]

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Faith-based organizations gather to find solutions for the Horn of Africa

Africa Stories, Ecological Justice, Emergency Response Stories, Featured, Food Security Stories, Global Stories, Kenya Stories, PWRDF News Release, Refugees and Migrants Stories, Somalia Stories, Sudan Stories, Uncategorized
Will Postma speaks at a special conference of the All Africa Conference of Churches in Nairobi, Kenya. Photo courtesy AACC

Joanna Patouris is the Climate Change Communications Coordinator for ACT Alliance On June 28 and 29, members of the ecumenical family along with national and […]

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