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Federal government will match funds donated to Pakistan relief

September 13, 2022

By Janice Biehn

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced today that the Government of Canada will match donations to the Humanitarian Coalition, in response to the devastating flooding in Pakistan. Donations made by individuals between August 1, 2022 and September 28, 2022 will be matched up to $3 million.

Heavy monsoon rains and flooding have poured down since mid-June, causing the deaths of more than 1,300 people and affecting the lives of 33 million people across the country. More than 6 million people are estimated to need assistance. Hundreds of thousands of houses have been destroyed. Livelihoods, livestock and crops are also severely affected.

The Humanitarian Coalition comprises 12 leading Canadian humanitarian organizations, including the Canadian Foodgrains Bank. Through its membership in the Foodgrains Bank, PWRDF’s donations are eligible to receive the federal match.

On August 31, PWRDF announced it was allocating an emergency grant of $30,000 to a Foodgrains Bank-funded project in Sindh province, the area most affected by flooding. The project is being managed by fellow Foodgrains Bank member Presbyterian World Service & Development, with Community World Service Asia working on the ground.

“Canadians believe in helping others in times of crisis,” said Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of International Development and Minister responsible for the Pacific Economic Development Agency of Canada. “This is why the Government of Canada is joining with Canadians in supporting Canada’s partners on the ground in Pakistan that are providing urgent, life-saving assistance in response to this devastating flood. We cannot forget the people of Pakistan, especially the women and girls who have been disproportionately affected. We continue to look at other ways we can continue to assist those impacted by this tragedy.”

How you can help

Download and share the emergency bulletin at the top of this story.

Pray for the people of Pakistan.

Give to our Pakistan flooding response, by September 28, 2022. Donate online or go to pwrdf.org/give-today and click on Flooding in Pakistan. You may also send a cheque to PWRDF, 80 Hayden Street, 3rd floor, Toronto, Ontario, M4Y 3G2, indicating Pakistan Flooding on the cheque. You may also donate by phone at 416-822-9083 or leave a voicemail toll-free at 1-866-308-7973 and we will return your call.

Please note: Donations must be made by individuals to qualify for the matching funds. For churches collecting donations, please include a list of parishioners who designated their donation to Pakistan Flood with your cheque. Churches should receipt these donations. 

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