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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

Since the devastating and destructive fire of May 2016 in Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canadian Anglicans have poured out their generosity through PWRDF relief, raising approximately $285,000 to help the more than 80,000 people who were affected and displaced from their community. Recovery work is ongoing as people move back into the affected areas.Since the devastating […]

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 […]

Bangladesh

PWRDF Development Project

This project serves pregnant women, women of reproductive age, children under five and adolescent boys and girls in 130 villages in 15 districts through a variety of activities to improve maternal, newborn and child health access. Maternal and child health-related advice was provided by 35 Daighors or midwife centres (DaiCenter for Maternal and Child Health) […]

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

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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

Emergency Relief

The Cuban Council of Churches responded to the devastating effects of Hurricane Irma, mainly in the town of Punta Alegre, in the municipality of Chambas, Ciego de Ávila province, located on the country´s north coast. The hurricane recovery provided psychosocial support to facilitate emotional and spiritual recovery of the people. Recovery efforts also provided various […]

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 […]

Democratic Republic of Congo

Emergency Relief

PWRDF responded to an ACT appeal for which implementation began in 2018. Kasai Province in the Democratic Republic of Congo is experiencing one of the most severe crises in their history. Violent ethnic/tribal conflicts have caused unrest among the population and ACT members are responding to the needs arising from this situation.

Egypt

PWRDF Development Project

Refuge Egypt, a ministry of the Episcopal Church in Cairo, provides several services to newly arrived asylum seekers waiting for UNHCR refugee status determination, repatriation, resettlement or local integration into Egyptian society. Cairo is one of the largest urban refugee centres in the world. The situations in Sudan, South Sudan and Syria generated a large […]

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

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.

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 […]

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.

India

PWRDF Development Project

The refugee situation in Tamil Nadu state of India is protracted. With the ongoing support and advocacy of OfERR, more than 10,000 Sri Lankan Tamil refugees have returned to their homeland since the war ended in 2009. OfERR continued to mobilize and support 450 Women’s Self Help Groups that reached out to 7,280 women living […]

India

Emergency Relief

There are approximately 27,000 children born to Sri Lankan Refugee parents in India who will become stateless unless their births are registered with the Sri Lankan Deputy High Commission in Chennai. Slightly over half of such children (and most of their parents) still remain without these vital civil documents, without which their return to homeland […]

Indonesia

Emergency Relief

PWRDF is responding to the Indonesia earthquake and tsunami of September 2018. Download the Indonesia Philippines bulletin insert. https://pwrdf.org/pwrdf-responding-to-two-major-disasters-through-act-alliance/

Iraq

Emergency Relief

PWRDF contributed towards an ACT appeal to support Internal Displaced Persons (IDPs), returnees and their host communities. The ACT Alliance planned to assist 183,956 beneficiaries including Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), refugees, host communities and returnees. Special attention is given to the needs of the most vulnerable groups: women and children, elderly people and persons living […]

Jordan

Emergency Relief

ACT Alliance Syria Humanitarian Response is responding to the protracted emergency in Syria, Jordan and Lebanon. Despite the funding constraints, ACT members carried out a heartfelt response and continue to do so in their capacity. ACT members have been responding to the Syria Humanitarian Crisis since 2011 and have the understanding, trust and access to […]

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 […]

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

Emergency Relief

The appeal was implemented in response to the drought in Kenya that was declared a national disaster in February 2017. PWRDF funds were earmarked to the Church World Service (CWS) for project activities that included emergency water trucking, de-silting of water pans and repair of wells through cash for work to support pastoralist communities in […]

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 ...

Lebanon

Emergency Relief

ACT Alliance Syria Humanitarian Response is responding to the protracted emergency in Syria, Jordan and Lebanon. Despite the funding constraints, ACT members carried out a heartfelt response and continue to do so in their capacity. ACT members have been responding to the Syria Humanitarian Crisis since 2011 and have the understanding, trust and access to […]

Mexico

Emergency Relief

PWRDF committed $10,000 for post earthquake relief in Mexico to support bilateral partner Kinal Antzetik who has been severely affected. The midwives of various communities of Juchitán and those living in the indigenous community of San Mateo del Mar in Oaxaca have lost their homes. The death toll has been reported at 217 and 44 […]

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

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 […]

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 […]

Nepal

Emergency Relief

The ACT appeal response reached more than 100,000 vulnerable households in 14 districts affected by two powerful earthquakes in Nepal. ACT Alliance members distributed prepared food, food rations, emergency shelter, school supplies, clean drinking water, and sanitation and hygiene system.

Nigeria

Emergency Relief

PWRDF is funding relief efforts in Nigeria where Boko Haram has wreaked havoc and stolen lives, and where people’s livelihoods had been severely affected. To date, PWRDF has contributed $80,000 and is working with Christian Aid on this ongoing program.

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 […]

Ontario

PWRDF Development Project

Pikangikum In November 2016, Phase 2 of this multi-year project to install clean water and indoor plumbing into homes in this remote community in the far north of Ontario began, and reached completion in February 2018. In 2014, Phase 1 was completed with water tanks and indoor plumbing installed in 10 homes. Donations for Phase […]

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 […]

Peru

Emergency Relief

ACT Alliance provided funding during the first quarter of 2017 in response to the needs created by the heavy floods and mudslides in Peru. The project provided temporary shelters for 105 households, food items to 200 households, non-food items to 50 households, hygiene awareness to 460 households and 600 students from two schools, as well […]

Philippines

PWRDF Development Project

Cordillera Cluster-Cordillera People’s Alliance work together on Indigenous peoples’ rights and good governance in Benguet and Mt. Provinces. The organization is seeking self-determination for indigenous people in the Cordillera region. CPA is implementing the Empowerment and Socio-Economic Development Project in collaboration with people’s organization to mobilize and advocate on four issues. The issues include: food […]

Philippines

PWRDF Development Project

Peasant farmers in the Central Visayas region of the Philippines have limited land tenure, low crop yields and are vulnerable to the adverse affects from climate change and natural disasters. To address these challenges, the objective of the Integrated Development Program for the Peasants of Central Visayas is to increase land access, improve food security […]

Philippines

Emergency Relief

PWRDF is responding to the recovery efforts after the super typhoon tore through the Philippines in September 2018. Download the Indonesia Philippines bulletin insert. https://pwrdf.org/pwrdf-responding-to-two-major-disasters-through-act-alliance/

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

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 […]

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 […]

Sierra Leone

Emergency Relief

On the evening of August 14, 2017 mudslides triggered by three days of heavy rains poured in and around the capital of Sierra Leone, Freetown. The ACT Alliance sent rapid response fund which benefitted 100 affected households with food, hygiene kits (soaps and sanitary pads) and non-food items such as clothing and bedding.

Somalia

Emergency Relief

An ongoing in response to the drought situation (most extreme El Niño phenomenon in 50 years) compounded by protracted conflict which is causing displacements, seasonal climatic shocks and disease outbreaks. ACT Alliance members are part of the overall humanitarian effort to prevent famine in the country. PWRDF funds are being utilized by Finn Church Aid […]

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 […]

Sri Lanka

PWRDF Development Project

Movement for Land and Agricultural Reform (MONLAR) mobilized six provincial planning forums (PPF) and accompanied them to refine their constitutions, guidelines and plans. Each PPF brought together an average of 20 community based organizations that worked around issues of ecological agriculture, food and water sovereignty, exchange of seeds and advocating against land grabs. Six ecological […]

Sri Lanka

Emergency Relief

Six women’s Self-Help groups were formed in Kilinochchi district with a membership of 108 women, including 54 refugee returnee women. In addition 16 Welcome Groups formed in Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu districts, with the membership of 51 men and 145 women, of them, 115 are refugee returnees. A total of 17 refugee returnees were trained on […]

Syria

Emergency Relief

ACT Alliance Syria Humanitarian Response is responding to the protracted emergency in Syria, Jordan and Lebanon. Despite the funding constraints, ACT members carried out a heartfelt response and continue to do so in their capacity. ACT members have been responding to the Syria Humanitarian Crisis since 2011 and have the understanding, trust and access to […]

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

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 […]

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, […]

United States

Emergency Relief

The diocese of West Texas responded to the damages created by Hurricane Harvey in August 2017 by providing gift cards, temporary housing and counselling to affected individuals.

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 […]