October 26, 2021
By Janice Biehn
Whether planting seedlings in Uganda or breadfruit trees in Haiti, preparing gift bags for new babies in Lesotho or teaching gender rights in El Salvador, PWRDF partners are investing in their communities.
PWRDF’s World of Gifts makes it possible for you invest, too.
Supporting World of Gifts is an investment in a sustainable future for some of the world’s most vulnerable communities. This year’s guide supports 17 partners as they plan for a healthier and stronger future. Programs include restoring and preserving seeds in Bangladesh, providing families with supplies to raise chickens in Colombia and Zimbabwe, continued support of “smart” dairy farming initiatives in Kenya and of course, back by popular demand, giving goats to people in Malawi, Zimbabwe and Cuba.
Goats and other conservation agriculture initiatives improve nutrition and food security for smallholder farmers, and also improve their yields so they can earn more income in the local markets. Supporters can still “buy the whole farm” and support a range of agricultural projects with one gift.
World of Gifts also provides an opportunity to support a clean water initiative in Kenya. Through our partner Utooni Development Organization, PWRDF has been supporting the construction of shallow wells, and last year raised enough funds to build 14 wells with a hand pump and one well with a solar-powered pump. The project also provides families with a donkey to carry clean water from the well, or a water tank to store the water. Either can be purchased through World of Gifts.
There are also opportunities to invest in women recovering from sexual violence in Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo, and new mothers in Lesotho. Financial support at these critical times can have an enormous impact and help women get back on their feet.
This year’s guide is also promoting our new Indigenous Responsive Programs grant. For 25 years PWRDF has supported and accompanied Indigenous organizations in Canada working to reclaim their language and culture, to improve community health with clean water and safe birth, to support economic opportunities and to engage youth. The new responsive program aims to expand our support of Indigenous communities by providing grants of $5,000 – $15,000 to Indigenous-led groups working in Community Health, Climate Action, Empowering Youth or Safe Water. With a gift supporting this program, you are investing in Indigenous communities as well as Indigenous leadership.
Like any good investment, the return on World of Gifts is high: communities become stronger, healthier and more resilient, and we are able to live out Jesus’ commandment for us to love our neighbour, no matter where they may be.
Buy a gift in honour of a loved one
This year when you shop the World of Gifts, you can order a customizable card for each unique gift. We will mail you your card(s) and you can inscribe them and give them to the important people in your life. If you make your gift online, you can use the ecard option.
Click here to visit our online store or to view a PDF. The World of Gifts guide comes to your door in the October, November and December issues of the Anglican Journal.
For media requests please contact Communications Coordinator Janice Biehn at (416) 924-9199;366.