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Where We Work

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 […]

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) […]

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 […]

Burundi

PWRDF Development Project

Founded in 2005, Village Health Works is a grassroots, organization that provides quality, compassionate, dignified health care in rural Burundi. After decades of conflict, the maternal mortality rate (MMR) in Burundi is 1,000/100,000 per live births and the infant mortality rate (IMR) is 156/1,000 per live births. Birth control is used by only 8% of […]

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 […]

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 […]

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.

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 […]

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 its clients with access to micro insurance for health or agricultural purposes and […]

Kenya

PWRDF Development Project

The National Council of Churches of Kenya (NCCK) has operated in the Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya’s northern semiarid region since 1994. NCCK delivers services including reproductive health care and HIV/AIDS prevention, and livelihood initiatives for food production and income generation for youth and women from refugee and host communities. According to the United Nations […]

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

The maternal mortality rate in Mozambique is 408/100,000 per live births. Of children under five, 44% of are stunted due to chronic illness and poor diet and 18% of children are underweight. Children in rural areas are nearly half the weight of those living in urban areas. Vitamin A deficiency affects 69% of Mozambican children […]

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. The cooperative has 360 members. During the reporting period, the cooperative experienced a 70% increase in its membership, growing from 250 to 360 members. The combined member savings accounts at the cooperative totaled […]

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

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 2 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Phillipines

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 […]

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

PIH provides services through three hospitals, 42 health centres, and some 7,200 community health workers in Burera, Kayonza, and Kirehe districts. Additionally, PIH has established Butaro District Hospital, and adjoining Cancer Centre of Excellence, and the University of Global Health Equity. In Rwanda, despite recent advances in lowering the maternal mortality rate, 63% of births […]

Rwanda

PWRDF Development Project

Vunga is an isolated, impoverished, extremely rural village with a population of 9,521 people. The majority of people make a living from traditional agricultural practices. While some of the younger generation practises subsistence agriculture with their parents, the majority are unemployed due to the lack of affordable education and jobs. Many youth get involved in […]

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 […]

South Africa

PWRDF Development Project

John Wesley Community Centre (JWCC) cares for individuals infected and affected by HIV/AIDS, especially children. JWCC’s main goal is to support adult caregivers, families, children and child development programs to give orphans and vulnerable children resources to reach their full potential and lead responsible lives.

South Africa

PWRDF Development Project

Temba Community Development Services is a faith-based organization founded in 1999 working to prevent and mitigate the effects of HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted diseases, and Gender-Based Violence (GBV).

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 […]

Tanzania

PWRDF Development Project

A persistent focus on education in common childhood diseases, vaccination, treatment of disease and preventing HIV/AIDS transmission from mother to child has resulted in a dramatic decrease in mortality rates in children under five. Farmers report greater food security thanks to agricultural education, and many families have received one or two goats to improve their […]

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 Network seeks to address both the cause and the effects of substance abuse within displaced communities through community based, culturally appropriate, […]

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, […]