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Palm Crosses for Development

Ordering palm crosses like these, made by Tanzanians, from, will help support PWRDF’s development work in the Diocese of Masasi, Tanzania. Photo: African Palms

November 1, 2016

By Simon Chambers

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Anglican parishes in Canada can be involved in helping Tanzanian craftspeople support maternal, newborn and child health in Tanzania through

For over 20 years, African Palms Canada has worked with people in Tanzania who make palm crosses for parishes to use on Palm Sunday or at other times during the year.  All proceeds from the sale of the palm crosses in Canada are donated to PWRDF to support our partnership with the Diocese of Masasi in Tanzania.

A pregnant woman is examined at a health clinic in Tanzania. Photo: Zaida BastosPWRDF and the Diocese of Masasi, with support from Global Affairs Canada, are supporting a variety of initiatives aimed at improving the health of mothers and children and their communities in 72 villages.  Thanks to the work of the Diocese, these villages will have access to health clinics, clean water, improved nutrition, vaccinations, treated bed nets and more.

By supporting African Palms, parishes support both the Tanzanian workers who make the palm crosses and the health and food security program PWRDF undertakes with the Diocese of Masasi.  It’s a win/win situation.

Your parish can order palm crosses from African Palms and be part of this winning solution!