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PWRDF Responding to Haiti Earthquake and Monitoring Afghanistan Situation

Damage from the earthquake in Haiti. Photo from ACT Alliance.

August 20, 2021

By Mike Ziemerink

Haiti

The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund has announced an initial grant of $25,000 to the ACT Alliance to respond to the enormous impacts of the earthquake in Haiti, the effects of which were made even more serious because of Tropical Storm Grace.

More than 2,000 people have died, and approximately 60% of the population of Haiti has been affected, with thousands of homes damaged or destroyed.

ACT partners on the ground are beginning distribution of emergency supplies tomorrow, and planning is ongoing to provide water, shelter and psychosocial care. The needs assessment is ongoing. PWRDF is a member of the ACT Alliance, which issued this update earlier this week.

How you can help

To donate online to the Haiti relief effort, please go to pwrdf.org/give-today and click on Emergency Response, or click here, then add “Haiti earthquake” to the notes section. You may also call 416-822-9083, leave a voicemail toll free at 1-866-308-7973, or send a cheque with a memo “Haiti Earthquake” to 80 Hayden St. Toronto, Ontario, M4Y 3G2.

Afghanistan

The situation in Afghanistan is extremely complex. ACT members in Afghanistan and neighbouring countries are monitoring the situation on the ground and are planning to assist about 50,000 displaced families in Afghanistan and neighbouring countries. The priority for support would be food, shelter, blankets, tents and health care.  ACT members are in process of exploring safe pathways for a smooth continuation of programs, while safeguarding humanitarian principles of caring for those most vulnerable.

We ask for your prayers for the people of Haiti and Afghanistan.

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