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How to Help Survivors of Haiyan Through PWRDF

November 13, 2013

The following news release from the Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund shares one way that we can help support the people of the Philippines after the terrible destruction from Super Typhoon Haiyan, possibly the most powerful storm ever to make landfall.

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On November 8, Super Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines’ Eastern Visayas Region. The devastation and loss of life is widespread and ongoing.

PWRDF partner Father Rex Reyes, General Secretary of the National Council of Churches of the Philippines (NCCP), sent this message:  “I bid you pray for the repose of the dead, comfort to the survivors and strength to those who minister to their needs. Give of yourself that God’s love may be made real.”

The Canadian government has announced a matching grant program for donations to relief work in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan.  Between November 9 and December 9, 2013, all donations received for typhoon relief from Canadians by registered charities—including PWRDF—will be matched, dollar for dollar, by the Canadian government. Relief agencies including PWRDF will be able to apply to the Typhoon Haiyan Relief Fund to enhance relief projects in the Philippines, although there is no guarantee that any project or agency will receive funding from the Relief Fund.

PWRDF has pledged an initial response of $40,000 towards the ACT Alliance appeal to be implemented by the NCCP in the Philippines.

Donations can be made in the following ways:

On-line
Go to http://pwrdf.org/donate

By Phone
For credit card donations contact:
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
Please make cheques payable to PWRDF, Typhoon Haiyan Relief and send to:

The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund
The Anglican Church of Canada

80 Hayden Street
Toronto, Ontario  M4Y 3G2

PWRDF Donations Contact:
Jennifer Brown jbrown@pwrdf.org

416-924-9192 ext. 355; 1-866-308-7973

PWRDF Humanitarian Response Coordinator 
Naba Gurung
416-924-9192 ext. 321
ngurung@pwrdf.org

Anglicans in Canada are praying, acting and giving to those affected by Typhoon Haiyan. Please watch for updates on PWRDF’s response to the situation at www.pwrdf.org.

Please support PWRDF’s response to this ongoing emergency!

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This Sunday’s Order of Service Bulletin will have an insert containing this information. I know that all of us at St. Paul’s will do all we can to minister God’s love to our broken brothers and sisters.

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DECEMBER 7 UPDATE:

PWRDF has shared this update on the outreach that is taking place to the people of the Philippines:

Thanks to the generosity of Anglicans and other Canadian donors, The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF) received $215,000 in donations for Typhoon Haiyan relief as of November 28.

Long time PWRDF partners the Central Visayas Farmers Development Center (FARDEC), Cebubohol Relief and Rehabilitation Center (CRRC) and the Southern Partners Fair Trade Center (SPFTC) based in Cebu, Philippines have gathered information and assessed the situation in the communities where they work. 90% of the 60,000 residents of 16 settlements in the six municipalities they visited were affected. The need is still great.

The Canadian government has extended the time for matching donations given to registered charities to aid people in the areas devastated by Typhoon Haiyan. PWRDF is eligible for the match. Monetary donations up to $100,000 from individual Canadians will now be matched dollar for dollar by the government until December 23, 2013.

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