November 27, 2017
By Janice Biehn
International Development Minister Marie Claude Bibeau today announced that the federal government will match 1:1 donations to Rohingya relief efforts through its new Myanmar Crisis Relief Fund, retroactive from August 25 until November 28, 2017.
The Rohingya are a Muslim minority population of more than 600,000 living in Rakhine state of northern Myanmar. The Myanmar government considers them stateless, and places restrictions on their rights as citizens. Rohingya militants attacked government forces in August, but the government’s response was disproportionately violent, according to the United Nations. Entire villages have been destroyed, and there has been widespread panic and flight.
Since August, the world has watched in horror as refugees pour into Bangladesh with little to no resources. PWRDF has funded a response from the Canadian Foodgrains Bank along with World Renew and seven other Foodgrains Bank members in the Cox’s Bazar region of Bangladesh. Read more about this initiative.
“We’re glad to be working and coordinating with the Canadian Foodgrains Bank, World Renew and the Christian Commission for Development in Bangladesh on this project,” says Will Postma, Executive Director of PWRDF. “We’re able to leverage each other’s resources and multiply the benefits on the ground in caring for people struggling in such horrific conditions. The match from the federal government will help Anglicans in Canada twice as much support to this important relief effort.”
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- Online – Visit pwrdf.org/donate, choose Emergency Response from the drop down menu and specify Myanmar Crisis Relief Fund in the message box.
- By mail – Please send donations to The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund, 80 Hayden Street, Toronto, Canada, M4Y 3G2 and mark Myanmar Crisis Relief Fund on your cheque.
- By telephone – Please call 1-866-308-7973 between 9 a.m and 5 p.m. EST with your credit card ready.