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Canadian Government Announces Matching Funds for Typhoon Haiyan Relief

Damage from Typhoon Haiyan. Photo: Christian Aid/Jessica Dator Bercilla

November 11, 2013

By Simon Chambers

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The Canadian government has announced a matching grant program for donations to relief work in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan.  Between November 9 and December 9, 2013, all donations received for typhoon relief from Canadians by registered charities””including PWRDF””will be matched, dollar for dollar, by the Canadian government:

“For every eligible dollar donated by individual Canadians to registered Canadian charities in response to the impact of Typhoon Haiyan on the Philippines and other affected countries, the government will set aside one dollar for the Typhoon Haiyan Relief Fund. The government will use the Typhoon Haiyan Relief Fund to provide assistance through international and Canadian humanitarian organizations, employing established channels and procedures.”

PWRDF is working through the ACT Alliance to provide food, water, medicine and hygiene items to those affected by the disaster.  As ACT members already in the Philippines receive more reports of the local situation, the relief efforts will be updated to address the particular needs of the affected communities.

To be counted for the purposes of the Typhoon Haiyan Relief Fund, donations from individual Canadians may not exceed $100,000 per individual and must be:

  • monetary in nature;
  • made to a registered Canadian charity that is receiving donations in response to the impact of Typhoon Haiyan;
  • specifically earmarked for response to the impact of Typhoon Haiyan; and,
  • be made between November 9 and December 9, 2013.

According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), as of November 10, Typhoon Haiyan has affected an estimated 9.5 million people. Over 615,000 people are currently displaced and over 1,200 people have died. These numbers are expected to increase as more affected areas become accessible.

You can support this relief work:

You can designate your online donation for “Typhoon Haiyan”.

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”, mark them for “Typhoon Haiyan” and send them to:
The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund
The Anglican Church of Canada
80 Hayden Street
Toronto, Ontario  M4Y 3G2

PWRDF Donations Contact:
Jennifer Brown
416-924-9192 ext. 355;  1-866-308-7973

PWRDF Humanitarian Response Coordinator
Naba Gurung
416-924-9199 ext. 321;  1-866-308-7973

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