October 24, 2017
By Janice Biehn
Not sure what to get that hard-to-buy-for person on your Christmas gift list? PWRDF hopes to make it easier with World of Gifts, the annual gift guide in support of development and relief work around the world. The guide is live at pwrdf.org/worldofgifts and also includes items supporting projects from the Anglican Church of Canada’s Global Relations and Indigenous Ministries.
Many of the items support project needs in Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi and Mozambique, where PWRDF All Mothers and Children Count programs receive a 6:1 match from Global Affairs Canada. These items focus on newborn, child and maternal health and nutrition.
Last year the gift program generated $210,000 for PWRDF programs and galvanized many parishes across Canada to fundraise. Congregations looking for a Christmas fundraising project will be interested in our livestock programs, which provide nutrition, income and greater gender equality to families. Sunday Schools can relate to purchasing livestock such as goats, ducklings and chicks who will grow and provide for communities. If your parish has its sights set on a bigger gift, why not fundraise for a bore well? Clean drinking water improves health in so many ways in an impoverished community. Plus, your donation of $2,000 will be matched with $12,000 from the government, which is a lot of bang for your buck.
There are also items supporting displaced people around the world, such as a program helping refugees in Kenya make and sell peanut butter, or refugees in Egypt resettle with a bag of groceries and other supports.
Disaster relief has been front of mind with many of our donors this year. Two items will help meet people’s immediate needs when they have had to flee their homes: immediate food relief and seeds for farmer to replant crops that have been ruined by disaster. Both of these items are offered through our membership in Canadian Foodgrains Bank, and those donations are also matched by the federal government at 4:1.
Buying an item from World of Gifts has several benefits:
- No costly shipping of items overseas
- Benefits local economies
- Culturally appropriate
For every gift purchased, you will also receive a beautiful cardboard ornament that you can personalize on the reverse, for your loved one to hang on their Christmas tree. By purchasing an item from the World of Gifts guide, you are truly making a world of difference!
To order gifts:
Online: Visit our secure website and order any time of day using Visa or Mastercard.
By mail: Look for your guide in the October, November or December issue of the Anglican Journal and use the order form included in the guide. Or browse the gift guide online and download the order form.
By telephone: Call 1-866-308-7973 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. (EST) to place your credit card order.
For media requests please contact Communications Coordinator Janice Biehn at (416) 924-9199;366.