Welcome to Update, the Primate's World Relief and Development Fund email update—February 2014
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The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund
Email Update–February 2014
Mission Statement
As an instrument of faith, PWRDF connects Anglicans in Canada to communities around the world in dynamic partnerships to advance development, respond to emergencies, assist refugees and act for positive change.
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  • A Call to Prayer for South Sudan
  • Female Church Workers Massacred in South Sudan
  • Anglican Funds Help Bangladeshi Workers Recover
  • Birth on the River
  • What is Hunger?
  • It’s Good to be Full of Beans
  • Give us Your Poor, Your Rejected… Pineapples
PWRDF staff:
  • Carolyn Vanderlip  & Gillian Hoyer – San Salvador
  • Naba Gurung – Philippines
  • Food Security Course
  • Reflections – Lent 2014
  • Weekly Prayer Cycle 
  • 3 Cantors

A Call to Prayer for South Sudan

A call for prayer from Archbishop Fred Hiltz, Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada

For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11

For more than a month, Anglicans, along with many other Canadians and people around the world, have watched as violence has ravaged South Sudan, and visited additional suffering upon peoples who have endured as much or more violence and upheaval as any in the world over the past five decades. 


Female Church Workers Massacred in South Sudan

by Anglican Journal staff

“Scores of female church workers were massacred last month as they sought refuge at a church in the central South Sudanese town of Bor,” according to a report from World Watch Monitor (WWM).

The women had taken refugee in St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church compound, but rebels broke in and raped several of them before shooting them at close range, the report said.

“The women were from different parishes in the diocese and had converged in the church compound when they were killed,” the Anglican bishop of Bor, Ruben Akurdit Ngong, told WWM by telephone from Bor. “This is very painful. They destroyed most of the churches in the diocese, but God is with us.”


Anglican Funds Help Bangladeshi Workers Recover

A garment worker named Sabina was injured in the collapse of the factory.  Photo: Anglican Alliance

by Anglican Journal staff

Anglican Alliance, an Anglican Communion relief and development agency, reports that an appeal launched by Church of Bangladesh with the Alliance in September has raised US $16,000 for garment workers and their families who suffered as a result of the collapse of the Rana Plaza factory in Bangladesh in April last year. More than 1,000 people were killed.

According to the release, some families lost their sole income-earner in the disaster and yet did not receive financial support in the following months; the church used the funds donated by Anglicans around the world to help families most in need, in addition to providing food, water and medication in the immediate aftermath.


Birth on the River

A story from our partners at UBINIG

Shahana, a 26-year old woman from Bantiar village in Bangladesh, experienced PWRDF’s bicycle and boat ambulances in a new way during her second pregnancy.  Bantiar is a remote village in the char land of Jamuna. Shahana and her family live on the bank of the river Pechakola, a branch of Jamuna River. Her husband Jahangir is a poor farmer. Their first son died from pneumonia at the age of 6 months, despite the efforts of doctors at the local hospital.

PWRDF and the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (DFATD) fund a Dai ghor in the village, a house where the traditional birth attendants (dai) regularly monitor the conditions of pregnant women in Bantiar and the surrounding villages. On October 11, just a week before the Eid-ul-Azha ( the second biggest religious festival for Muslims) Shahana felt labor pain. Two of the dai went to see her.


What is Hunger?

The World Food Programme (WFP) is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide.

Acute hunger or starvation are often highlighted on TV screens: hungry mothers too weak to breastfeed their children in drought-hit Ethiopia, refugees in war-torn Syria queuing for food rations, helicopters airlifting high energy biscuits to earthquake victims in Haiti or Pakistan. These situations are the result of high profile crises like war or natural disasters, which starve a population of food. Yet emergencies account for less than eight percent of hunger's victims. Daily undernourishment is a less visible form of hunger -- but it affects many more people, from the shanty towns of Jakarta in Indonesia and the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh to the mountain villages of Bolivia and Nepal. In these places, hunger is much more than an empty stomach. For weeks, even months, its victims must live on significantly less than the recommended 2,100 kilocalories that the average person needs to lead a healthy life. The body compensates for the lack of energy by slowing down its physical and mental activities. A hungry mind cannot concentrate, a hungry body does not take initiative, a hungry child loses all desire to play and study. Hunger also weakens the immune system. Deprived of the right nutrition, hungry children are especially vulnerable and become too weak to fight off disease and may die from common infections like measles and diarrhoea. Each year, almost 7 million children die before reaching the age of five; malnutrition is a key factor is over a third of these deaths (source: Levels and Trends in Child Mortality, IGME, 2012)

How much food do you need?
The energy and protein that people need varies according to age, sex, body size, physical activity and to some extent, climate. On average, the body needs more than 2,100 kilocalories per day per person to allow a normal, healthy life. Extra energy is needed during pregnancy and while breast-feeding. 

It’s Good to be Full of Beans

Fred Says: "It's good to be full of beans!"

And it really is good. Beans and legumes are a nutritious and affordable addition to any diet. In East Africa, PWRDF is working with local farmers to supplement sustainable agriculture techniques and to help improve their knowledge of food and nutrition.  We're asking Anglicans across Canada to get involved once again. This time we are aiming to raise $48,000 to help 600 East African families.

How will you share and support + Fred's message?  Chris Pharo, PWRDF Diocesan Representative for Nova Scotia and PEI, hosted a workshop for Parish Representatives which included a presentation from PWRDF's Finance Manager Jill Martin on the Fred Says campaign. Participants were thrilled to hear about the meaningful impact PWRDF food security initiatives are having on people’s lives throughout the world.  To help spread campaign awareness, check out the latest video and our downloadable toolkits. We can't do it without you! Share this email with friends and family. Post the video to your social networks. Tell Josephine's story to help us ensure that more people have access to hearty and healthy meals every day. At PWRDF, we know, when it comes to development, it all starts with food.  

Give us Your Poor, Your Rejected… Pineapples

PWRDF has contributed $100,000 to the Episcopal Church of the Philippines for their disaster response project which is supporting farmers, artisans, and others to rebuild their businesses in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan.  PWRDF has also announced a total of $500,000 to rebuild homes and livelihoods through the ACT Alliance’s projects in the Philippines.

As the weeks and months go by, PWRDF is continuing to work in the Philippines, but our focus has shifted from providing the immediate essentials of food, water, clothing, and shelter to rebuilding communities and livelihoods.


PWRDF Staff:

Carolyn Vanderlip & Gillian Hoyer – El Salvador

Carolyn Vanderlip, PWRDF’s, Connections Program Development Coordinator, travelled  to El Salvador on January 30 to visit Foundation Cristosal, a Connections partner to whom PWRDF provided a $25,000 grant, and CoCoSi, (the Committee Against AIDS), a longstanding PWRDF partner. The Cristosal visit was alongside a delegation from St Mary’s Kerrisdale and St Paul’s Cathedral in London Ontario who have provided accompaniment and funding to the organization for many years. It also included monitoring the upcoming Presidential election in El Salvador and looking at democracy and peace building. Following the visit, Carolyn attended the Cristosal board meeting as an observer. On February 5 Carolyn and Gillian Hoyer, PWRDF Youth Council Member at Large and an M.Div. student at Huron College, London, visited CoCoSi. PWRDF has supported CoCoSi since 2005 in their work in prevention, education and advocacy on reproductive health, gender diversity, HIV and AIDs, and health rights.

Preparing to Leave for El Salvador

February 6th
By Gillian Hoyer, Youth Council Member at Large. Gillian is currently an M.Div. student at Huron College, London, ON, but her heart rests in the West Coast.

A year ago, I probably could have summarized the number of things I knew about El Salvador on one hand: Central America, Spanish-speaking, long and violent civil war, Oscar Romero.

I leave for El Salvador next week.

In the weeks since I found out I was going to El Salvador, there has been a flurry of activity in my head. What do I pack? Can I learn enough Spanish between now and then? (NO!) How will I find time to learn everything I want to know about the country before leaving?


Naba Gurung – Philippines

PWRDF Humanitarian Response Coordinator Naba Gurung is currently visiting the Philippines as part of a team including ACT Alliance General Secretary John Nduna, looking at ACT Alliance response to Typhoon Haiyan. 

A brief look at the first stops on the trip:

Naba arrived at the island community of of Salvacion, known as Jinamoc, in the municipality of Basey (Basai), in Samar province on February 12th.  A former US naval base, the community is home to 377 families and suffered many casualties and severe structural damage. This area is one of the target villages for the work of the National Council of Churches in the Philippines (NCCP) where food and relief goods have been distributed and rehabilitation work has begun.  Meetings and a village tour with local people, local NCCP staff and community workers who are taking the lead in housing projects showed much work in progress. Fisherfolk are making fishing nets at the local church where the Episcopal Church in the Philippines Foundation (ECP) has installed a solar panel as a power source for lighting and charging cell phones.  Others are building boats and some youth are collecting and carrying sand for upcoming construction.  NCCP community workers will soon be installing houses with local carpenters and community members, and they plan to collaborate with staff from the Norwegian Church Aid, who specialize in water, sanitation and hygiene promotion.  Next stop was Oromoc to visit the communities with whom the ECP Foundation is working.  This brief encounter bore witness to the hard work of the community to rebuild their lives and livelihoods, and the ways NCCP has been ably facilitating the process.

As well, Naba will visit PWRDF partners from the Cordillera Cluster to look at their development program. 

PWRDF Sharing Bread—A Food Security Learning Exchange

The Diocese of the Anglican Parishes of the Central Interior (APCI) has announced that it will be contributing $2,000 towards participation by APCI PWRDF Parish Representatives in the Food Security Course being offered by PWRDF in partnership with the Sorrento Centre from June 29 through July 5, 2014. A great idea and way for other dioceses to support their PWRDF Parish Representatives!

Sharing Bread – A Food Security Learning Exchange, is an intergenerational week that will focus on how and why it all starts with food. For more information on the course please go online or contact PWRDF Public Engagement Coordinator Suzanne Rumsey, srumsey@pwrdf.org  or  justgeneration Facilitator Sheilagh McGlynn, smcglynn@pwrdf.org.


Reflections – Lent 2014

PWRDF’s Lent 2014 Reflections - written by the Rev. Laura Marie Piotrowicz.

To order print copies, contact: Christine Hills, chills@pwrdf.org

Lent 2014 is also available for download here.

Weekly Prayer Cycle 

Beginning in Advent 2013 PWRDF will be offering an on line weekly prayer cycle.  The prayer cycle will offer Canadian Anglicans an opportunity to reflect and pray for the work of PWRDF and its partners and to consider their own response to the baptismal commitment to “strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being.”  This resource will be based around a story and a prayer/reflection, drawing on a variety of sources. pwrdf.org


3 Cantors

Long time PWRDF supporters the 3 Cantors will be performing at All Saints Anglican Church in Peterborough on March 18, 2014. For more information and to buy tickets please call the church office at 705 742 0042.

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