September 12, 2017
By Janice Biehn
The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund has announced an initial grant of $40,000 for immediate response to Hurricane Irma in Cuba and Haiti.
PWRDF will allocate $20,000 for the upcoming ACT appeal for Cuba, $10,000 for the Episcopal Church of Cuba and $10,000 to support the rapid response fund request for Haiti by the ACT Alliance forum there. The ACT Alliance members and the Episcopal Church of Cuba are continuing to do their assessments, and consult with the local government agencies and other stakeholders.
The latest information from ACT Alliance is that there will be an appeal for Cuba and a rapid response fund to support immediate needs in Haiti and Dominican Republic. ACT does not have a presence in the small islands that have been battered, so at this point, PWRDF is uncertain whether funds will be sent there.
“For Dominican Republic, we will wait and see the need and the corresponding request,” says Naba Gurung, Humanitarian Response Coordinator for PWRDF. “For the small islands, we will wait for further details if any partner within the ACT network or any known or trusted network will be responding. Lots of info is yet to be revealed and recovery will take years.”
While PWRDF awaits further details, donations will also be accepted to help recovery efforts in Mexico, where an earthquake measuring 8.1 magnitude occurred on September 8.
To donate to Hurricane Irma recovery efforts, please write “Hurricane Irma” on your cheque or donate online and choose Hurricane Irma from the Canada Helps drop down menu.