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Alberta

PWRDF Development Project

The First Nation Adult & Higher Education Consortium (FNAHEC) develops courses on Cosmology, Blackfoot Epistemology and other Blackfoot Knowledge for online delivery. These courses contribute to understanding among the Blackfoot people of their origins, culture, and language and developing positive self-concepts. Blackfoot knowledge is not readily available except through local oral histories facilitated by instructors […]

Alberta

Emergency Relief

In May 2016, fires ripped through Fort McMurray, Alberta, leading to the loss of homes and livelihoods. The original funds PWRDF gave to the Dioceses of Edmonton and Athabasca helped to resettle those displaced by the fires who fled with nothing but the clothes on their backs. The steering committee is now supporting recovering efforts […]

Australia

Emergency Relief

In January 2020, PWRDF launched an emergency appeal for the Australian bushfires, raising more than $20,000.

Bahamas and Caribbean

Emergency Relief

In September 2019, PWRDF released $20,000 to Episcopal Relief and Development to respond to Hurricane Dorian. Read more about parish responses here.

Bangladesh

Emergency Relief

Bangladesh is the one of the most adversely affected regions on the planet by climate change. It is projected that, by 2020, 500 to 750 million people will be affected by lack of water caused by climate change around the world. With funds provided by PWRDF, four (each roughly 250 meters long) bamboo bindings (locally […]

Bangladesh Rohingya Response

Emergency Relief

PWRDF contributed to the ACT Alliance appeal for Rohingya refugee crisis response in Bangladesh. From October 2017 through the end of May 2017, ACT members collectively reached out and provided support in the form of food aid to 2,880 households, 75,908 individuals were assisted with protection and psychosocial support. 5,000 households received NFI (non-food items) […]

British Columbia

PWRDF Development Project

The Nuu-chah-nulth (NCN) Language & Culture Program (NLCP) supports community initiatives that contribute to the preservation of the NCN language and culture. A total of 94 resource items have been developed as a direct result of NLCP funding. The "I want to learn the Nuu-chah-nulth Language” Facebook page has 1,300 members. There are 600 active […]

British Columbia

Emergency Relief

In July 2017, a lightning storm sparked wildfires in British Columbia that led to the evacuation of approximately 14,000 people. PWRDF responded immediately with a grant that was used for food vouchers, toiletries, bus fare, clothing etc. PWRDF funding has also helped keep community centres open like the Stemete7uw’I Friendship Centre at St. Timothy’s Anglican Church […]

Burundi

PWRDF Development Project

Since 2008, the Diocese of Buyé has had a partnership with the Anglican Diocese of Edmonton. Working with PWRDF’s Connection program, the Diocese has provided financial and other support for development projects in Buyé. Currently the project is improving the pediatric ward at Buyé hospital. The pediatric ward was built in the 1930s, however, the […]

Burundi

PWRDF Development Project

Founded in 2005, Village Health Works is grassroots, organization that provides quality, compassionate, dignified health care in rural Burundi. With funding from PWRDF village health works has continued to operate ambulances, expand the maternal and newborn health clinic and facilitate educational sessions which emphasize the importance of women, female youth, pregnant and lactating women, infants […]

Colombia

PWRDF Development Project

In the Paramo de Pisba highlands in the Department of Boyaca, Colombia, most people work in either agriculture, animal husbandry or traditional mining. But as mining activities continue to expand into agricultural land, more and more people are being forced to move higher in the mountains to cultivate the protected land in the paramos. An […]

Cuba

PWRDF Development Project

The Sustainable Development Program of the Cuban Council of Churches (CCC) aims to raise agricultural yield, reduce rural poverty, improve nutrition, improve resilience to climate change, foster gender empowerment, and break dependency on imported food and inputs. The program improved the food security and nutrition for 290 people. Previously, unproductive plots were farmed and small […]

Cuba

PWRDF Development Project

To date, 21 new community leaders (11 women and 10 men) have completed their training in project design successfully. This is in addition to 42 women and 58 men lay leaders who participated in workshops to increase their knowledge and improve skills in food production and artisanal activities such as growing vegetables, raising small animals […]

Cuba

PWRDF Development Project

To date, 21 new community leaders (11 women and 10 men) have completed their training in project design successfully. This is in addition to 42 women and 58 men lay leaders who participated in workshops to increase their knowledge and improve skills in food production and artisanal activities such as growing vegetables, raising small animals […]

Democratic Republic of Congo

PWRDF Development Project

Maison Dorcas is part of the Panzi Foundation, established in 2008 by Nobel Peace Prize winner Dr. Denis Mukwege in South Kivu, where the rate of sexual and gender-based violence is the third highest among 25 provinces of the DRC. Maison Dorcas was created after the startling realization that 40% to 60% of women treated […]

El Salvador

PWRDF Development Project

CoCoSI (Committee Against AIDS) is made up of professionals in HIV/STIs and Gender Based Violence who develop workshops for women, children, adolescents and teens, people living with HIV, prison populations, and the public at large. CoCoSI focuses on HIV prevention, community education against bullying, hate crimes, and reduction in violence against women and LGBTI people. […]

El Salvador

PWRDF Development Project

The Fundacion Cristosal’s Human Rights and Community Development Program aims to strengthen the capacity of five community organizations to run integrated development projects. The program promoted awareness and carried out training on human rights for local community members; almost 2,000 benefitted from the program. Cristosal also provided legal advice to community members and carried out […]

Ethiopia

Emergency Relief

In 2017, there were 285,809 South Sudanese refugees are in refugee camps in Ethiopia. PWRDF allocated $38,600 to improve water access at two refugee camps and two transit centres in the Gambella region serving 750 refugees a week. The project implementer has experience distributing water, sanitation and hygiene programs in the region and is partnering […]

Guatemala

PWRDF Development Project

Asociacion Nacional de Mujeres Guatemaltecas (IXMUCANE) is a women’s association that runs Women’s Rights and Health Program for women living in Petén, the northern most region in Guatemala. It has 528 members and was set up by women who fled the civil war in Guatemala in the 1980s and returned in the mid 1990s. The […]

Guatemala

PWRDF Development Project

During the worst periods of the civil war in Guatemala in the 1970s and early 1980s, thousands of people fled from rural Indigenous communities to the southern Mexican states of Chiapas, Campeche and Quintana Roo, and lived there in refugee camps. For over a decade these camps became home and received the support of the […]

Haiti

Emergency Relief

Hurricane Irma, a category 5 hurricane, one of the most powerful hurricanes ever recorded in the Atlantic, made landfall in Haiti´s northern coastline on September 7, 2017. 967 households in four municipalities: Ouanaminthe, Fort-Liberté, Caracol, and Ferrier were supported with 800 food kits, 400 hygiene kits including 400 water filters were distributed.

Haiti

PWRDF Development Project

For more than 25 years, Partners In Health (PIH/ZL) has worked to improve women’s quality of life by providing comprehensive, community-based health care in rural Haiti where, in most cases, medical services were not previously available. Gender-based violence (GBV) is a serious health and human rights issue in Haiti. Although women are known as the […]

Kenya

PWRDF Development Project

PWRDF has partnered with the National Council of Churches who has worked in Kakuma refugee camp since 1994. They deliver services and education on reproductive health care, and HIV and AIDs prevention. They also carry out projects to improve the livelihood of refugee communities, such as food production and income generation for youth. The refugee […]

Kenya

PWRDF Development Project

Spring Ministries is a project that receives a designated donation from the Fleck Foundation. The funds are a contribution to an orphanage and aid children and widows whose families have been victims of HV/AIDS. The project allows for outreach and sustainable empowerment of widows, educational support and shelter for orphans and vulnerable children attending primary […]

Kenya

PWRDF Development Project

PWRDF is working with UDO to construct shallow water wells in nine communities in Makueni County in Southeast Kenya. The area received minimal rainfall and suffers from extremely hot temperatures, leading to an estimated 50% of households being food insecure. 64% of people in the community access water from unsafe sources. Read more ...

Kenya

PWRDF Development Project

ECLOF Kenya is an expanding, locally rooted, mid-tier microfinance institution concentrating on rural and peri-urban areas in Kenya. Founded in 1994, it has served poor and low-income entrepreneurs and farmers in Kenya for over 20 years. Besides loans, ECLOF Kenya provides clients with access to micro insurance for health or agricultural purposes, and non-financial services […]

Mexico

PWRDF Development Project

Kinal Antzetik Distrito Federal, A.C. (Mexico) is one of the partners of the Indigenous Maternal Health and Midwifery Program. During the fiscal year they worked closely with the two other partners. They took the lead in setting up the Reference Group with the other two partners (Ryerson and Qhirapaq) to ensure ongoing consultation has they […]

Mozambique

PWRDF Development Project

CCM Pemba is a microfinance cooperative for low income women in the city of Pemba in the province of Cabo Delgado, Mozambique. CCM Pemba is an alternative savings and lending credit-union institution at the service of their membership to counter the high interest rates of almost 25% of traditional banks in Mozambique. The funding allowed […]

Mozambique

PWRDF Development Project

EHALE works to improve maternal, newborn and child health infrastructure, and increase awareness among community leaders, women and men on the importance of delivering in health facilities. Women, men, female youth and male youth participated in 1,872 education sessions on antenatal care, postnatal care, the importance of institutionalized births, family planning, nutrition, malaria, acute respiratory […]

Ontario

PWRDF Development Project

The Aboriginal Initiatives from Ryerson University is co-implementing the Indigenous Maternal Health and Midwifery Program in partnership with Kinal Antzetik in Mexico and CHIRAPAQ in Peru. During the first year of project implementation, they carried out a research about the midwifery role in the welfare of Indigenous communities in Canada. They have also developed implementing […]

Palestinian Territories

Emergency Relief

Al Ahli hospital run by the Anglican diocese of Jerusalem provides free medical care for the vulnerable women, men, and children once a week, where the medical team provides medical examinations, diagnostic services, medicine, health education and free transport and light meal for each person. The designated funding was used to treat 220 beneficiaries among […]

Peru

PWRDF Development Project

CHIRAPAQ Centro de Culturas Indigenas de Peru (Peru) is the third partner of the Indigenous Maternal Health and Midwifery Program. They took leadership in developing ESKE (Emergency Skills Knowledge) workshop – a hands-on learning document to be presented at the International Conference of Midwifery in Toronto. Eight Indigenous midwives from Central and South America participated […]

Québec

PWRDF Development Project

Kanien’kehaka Onkwawén:na Raotitiohkwa Language and Cultural Centre (KORLCC) works to preserve and strengthen the Kanien’kéha language and increase community access to culturally relevant programs and cultural workshops that promote, reinforce and increase traditions. In 2016, KORLCC produced Season 12 of Tota Tanon Ohkwari, an Indigenous children’s program (a puppet show broadcasted on the local cable […]

Rwanda

PWRDF Development Project

Founded in 1987, Partners In Health strives to achieve two overarching goals: to bring the benefits of modern medical science to those most in need of them and to serve as an antidote to despair. Since 2005 Partners in Health, known locally as Inshuti Mu Buzima, has been assisting the government of Rwanda to bring […]

Rwanda

PWRDF Development Project

Vunga is an isolated, impoverished, extremely rural village with a population of 9,521 people. The majority (99%) of people make a living from traditional agricultural practices. The vocational school, inaugurated in 2007 with support from the Rwanda Education and Discovery Committee (READ) of Saint John’s Anglican Church in Port Rowan, offers theoretical and practical courses […]

South Sudan

Emergency Relief

In February 2017, the Government of South Sudan declared famine in parts of South Sudan. About 4.9 million people (42% of the population) were estimated to be severely food insecure and this was projected to increase to 5.5 million people, (47% of the national population) at the height of the 2017 lean season in July. […]

South Sudan

PWRDF Development Project

As South Sudan marked the seventh anniversary of its independence from Sudan in July 2018, six community leaders began participating in a course to promote healing and reconciliation in the fragile state. The three-week course was taught in Kigali, Rwanda, by Healing and Rebuilding Our Community (HROC). Born out of the trauma of the Rwanda genocide, HROC’s […]

Tanzania

PWRDF Development Project

In Tanzania, walking long distances for women (including pregnant women), female youth and children to and from unclean water points of between 4 and 8 km have decreased. In 2017, PWRDF’s AMCC Project drilled 25 boreholes in 20 communities and the walking distance to clean and safe water has been reduced to less than 1 […]

Thai-Burmese Border

PWRDF Development Project

Drug and Alcohol Recovery and Education (DARE) Network provides addiction prevention and treatment services for Burmese refugees who fled conflict and persecution and settled in Border Area refugee camps in the Thailand-Burma border. DARE provided prevention education to 20,798 students and teachers. Students began expressing more of their fears, especially in regards to drug dealers. […]

Uganda

PWRDF Development Project

St. Jude’s mission is to support poverty eradication efforts of smallholder farmers through promotion of integrated organic farming for sustainable livelihoods. The main goal of project is for vulnerable women, particularly widows, to become fully involved in enterprises that can generate both food and income to improve their livelihoods. Participants learn in sustainable farming practices, […]

Uganda

PWRDF Development Project

The project targets marginalized people in rural Uganda, especially women and children. ARUWE focuses on food security, nutrition and income generation; rights awareness and leadership education; water, hygiene and sanitation, reproductive health and HIV/AIDS; environmental protection and conservation and promoting access to quality education. The overall goal of the Women's Sustainable Livelihood Improvement Project is […]

Venezuela

Emergency Relief

In June 2019, PWRDF responded to an ACT Alliance emergency appeal for Venezuela.

Yemen

Emergency Relief

Hunger, disease and bombs are devastating the lives of millions of people as the war in Yemen continues into its fourth year. About 8.4 million people in the country are at risk of starvation. Through the new project, 1,100 vulnerable families will receive vouchers that allow the families some sense of normalcy in how they […]

Yemen

Emergency Relief

PWRDF is working with other members of Canadian Churches in Action to improve access to clean water for the Sada’a Governorate in Yemen. The Governorate is one of the most affected areas in the country with people drinking from unprotected water sources, leading to a recent spike in waterborne diseases such as cholera. The project […]

Zambia

PWRDF Development Project

The Kasenga rural settlement is situated 51 kilometers east of Lusaka and has a population of 16,000 people. Currently the nearest health centre is 16 kilometers away from the settlement, a long way to go, especially for pregnant women who cannot afford to pay for a taxi. Women have given birth on the side of […]

Zimbabwe

PWRDF Development Project

In the Chimanimani District of Zimbabwe, the population is made up of mostly smallholder farmers who deal with a very dry climate and infertile soil. The district's poverty prevalence rate is higher than 75%; 40% of households are headed by women and have been identified as particularly vulnerable. PWRDF has partnered with TSURO in order […]