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Update on Helping the People of the Horn of Africa Through PWRDF

August 16, 2011

The following update shares how donations to PWRDF are making a difference for the people in the Horn of Africa. Please especially note the way to double the impact of your giving through the Government’s matching donation commitment, which is in effect until September 16. This applies to individual donations only (donations from St. Paul’s won’t be matched), so please donate to PWRDF directly, via one of the means shown below.


PWRDF is responding to the East Africa emergency through the ACT Alliance and the Canadian Foodgrains Bank (CFGB). An initial $115,000 grant has been sent by PWRDF, supporting work in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia.

PWRDF is responding in Somalia through the ACT Alliance. 3.7 million people are affected by the famine in southern Somalia- fully half the population. 262 tons of flour and 52 tons of cooking oil will be distributed in Gedo province. ACT is also involved in supporting relief efforts in the largest refugee camp in the world at Dadaab, Kenya.

PWRDF is working in Kenya through the Anglican Church of Kenya and the Canadian Foodgrains Bank. Food is being purchased from local farmers and distributed to those in need, including refugees at the Dadaab camp, putting money into the local economy and saving the time and expense of shipping food around the world.

PWRDF is responding in Ethiopia through ACT by providing food, health care, drought preparation training for farmers and “food for work” projects that include tree planting, prevention of soil erosion and road construction.

The Canadian Government is matching donations: From the Canadian International Development Agency’s (CIDA) website:

“For every dollar an individual Canadian donates over a 10-week period (retroactive to July 6, 2011, and ending September 16, 2011) to an eligible registered Canadian charity responding to the drought in East Africa, the Government will contribute an equivalent amount to the East Africa Drought Relief Fund. The Government of Canada will administer the relief fund separately, disbursing funds to organizations best suited to make an effective and real difference in the lives of people affected by the drought.”

Donations may be made in the following ways:

On-line: East Africa Drought Relief response

By Phone: Jennifer Brown 416-924-9192 ext. 355; 1-866-308-7973 Please do not send your credit card number by email or fax.

By Mail: Make cheques payable to
PWRDF, East Africa Drought Relief
The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund
The Anglican Church of Canada
80 Hayden Street
Toronto, Ontario M4Y 3G2    

PWRDF Humanitarian Response Coordinator: Naba Gurung 416-924-9192 ext. 321;

PWRDF Donations Contact: Jennifer Brown 416-924-9192 ext. 355; 1-866-308-7973;

Anglicans in Canada are praying, acting and giving to the emergency in East Africa. Please watch for updates on PWRDF’s response to the East Africa Drought Relief response at

Thank you for your continued prayers and support.

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