Welcome to Update, the Primate's World Relief and Development Fund email update—April 2015
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The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund
Email Update–May 2015
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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  • PWRDF Responding to Second Nepal Earthquake
  • ACT Responds as Nepal Hit by 2nd Earthquake in Two Weeks
  • Anglican Alliance Call for Prayer – Nepal Earthquake
  • KAIROS Canada – Time for Reconciliation
  • CFGB: New Regional Coordinator Appointed in Ontario
Partner Snapshot: Madre Tierra

  • PWRDF Refugee Network Meeting
  • Staff Travel

PWRDF Responding to Second Nepal Earthquake

In the first few weeks after the April 25 earthquake that killed over 8000, injured tens of thousands more, and destroyed more than half a million houses in the Kathmandu area of Nepal, PWRDF has been part of relief efforts by a variety of ACT Alliance members in the country.  That work has helped more than 40,000 people through the provision of food, tarpaulins, blankets, medicine, clean water, school kits, temporary class rooms and more.


ACT Responds as Nepal Hit by 2nd Earthquake in Two Weeks

ACT Alliance members are continuing relief efforts as a second major earthquake struck eastern Nepal today, two and half weeks after more than 8,000 died in a first devastating quake.

The latest earthquake, with a a magnitude of 7.3 hit near the town of Namche Bazaar, near Mount Everest. An earthquake on 25 April, centred in western Nepal, had a magnitude of 7.8.


Call for prayer after devastating earthquake hits Nepal on 25 April

The Anglican Alliance brings together those in the Anglican family of churches and agencies to work for a world free of poverty and injustice, to be a voice for the voiceless, to reconcile those in conflict, and to safeguard the earth.

"A 7.9 scale earthquake hit Nepal, 80km North West of Kathmandu just before noon local time, and an aftershock of 6.6 hit an hour later and the effect of the quake was devastating," wrote Rev Lewis Lew, Dean of Nepal Deanery, Diocese of Singapore. 

According to the United Nations, as of 28 April, the Government reports 4,358 deaths and 8,174 injured people. Search and rescue teams have saved 14 people from the rubble. 8,174 people are reported injured. These numbers are likely to rise as isolated communities are reached. 8 million people are reported to be affected.


KAIROS Canada: Time for Reconciliation

Join KAIROS in Ottawa and across Canada to hear the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s final report, May 29-June 3, and to take action towards a new relationship.
Intergenerational. Indigenous and non-Indigenous. Together.
There are many ways to participate:

walk, or ring bells at noon EDT. Worship Resources
On the Path to Reconciliation

Download the KAIROS Worship Resources

This outline, texts and prayers are meant as resources for a worship service on or around May 31, 2015, the Sunday that begins four days of events in Ottawa marking the formal closing of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. They can flow as a whole service or liturgy or represent options for your consideration. These resources have been prepared largely from the perspective of non-Indigenous Canadians, seeking reconciliation with Indigenous peoples. Please adapt to suit your needs. Key: Voices United-VU, More Voices-MV, Catholic Book of Worship III-CB, Common Praise-CP, Worship in Song-WS, Lutheran Book of Worship-LW, Psalter Hymnal-PH, Evangelical Lutheran Worship-EL, Hymnal: A Worship Book-H, The Book of Praise-BP.

Deep gratitude to Rick Balson, Sheryl Johnson, and Emma Hebb for preparing these worship resources.

New Regional Coordinator Appointed in Ontario

Canadian Foodgrains Bank is a partnership of 15 Canadian churches and church-based agencies working together to end global hunger. PWRDF is a member of CFGB.

David Epp of Leamington, Ontario, has been appointed Regional Coordinator for Ontario for Canadian Foodgrains Bank. Epp is a third generation tomato farmer; his family has supplied tomatoes to the H. J. Heinz Company for over 60 years. In addition to grain and oilseed crop, Lycoland Farms has also diversified into other processing vegetable and edible bean crops.

Epp has a long history of active community involvement, serving for many years on the Ontario Processing Vegetable Growers board, the provincial crown agency Agricorp board, the Leamington chapter of Mennonite Economic Development associates, the UMEI Christian High School board, and also on various leadership committees in his church.

Epp is a member of Leamington United Mennonite Church, where he serves in the music ministry. He and his wife Charlene, have four adult children.

Epp will begin his new role on May 19. He replaces David and Kathryn Mayberry, who served in that capacity since 1998.

Partner Snapshot: Madre Tierra

By Christine Hills
Madre Tierra educates, empowers and provides the practical means for peasant women in rural, refugee return communities on the south coast of Guatemala to participate in economic sustainability planning, women’s health issues and land rights advocacy. PWRDF and Madre Tierra have been in partnership since 1997.
Ana Ramos is a facilitator and promoter of the Madre Tierra sustainable agriculture program in Willy Wood, Guatemala. Ana is a volunteer with Madre Tierra and as part of her work is coaching eight other women and their families, approximately 80 people, on sustainable agriculture in her family garden.  Although she reads very little, Ana became involved in farming by participating in the ‘peasant to peasant’ farmer training. Ana, who lives with nine other family members, now grows herbs, beans, tomatoes, plantain and healthy greens, replacing her former unhealthy diet of instant soup and canned beans. Her home garden is contributing to the improvement of family nutrition, saving money on store bought items and generating extra income through the sale of the produce. 


PWRDF Refugee Network Meeting 

Members of PWRDF’s Refugee Network will be in Winnipeg on May 23, for their annual gathering. Members come from across Canada and represent many dioceses of the Anglican Church of Canada. 

PWRDF Staff Travel

Naba Gurung arrived in Nepal on May 14 and is currently meeting with ACT Alliance partners on the ground to assess the damage inflicted since April 25. Prior to this, Naba was in Dhaka, Bangladesh meeting with PWRDF partner UBINIG in their office when the second earthquake occurred in Nepal on May 12. It was powerful enough to be felt in Dhaka. They quickly vacated the office and waited for the danger to pass.
Elsa Tesfay is visiting PWRDF partner UBINIG in Bangladesh to wrap up the maternal, newborn and child health project funded under the Muskoka Initiative. The project focuses on the training of traditional birth attendants and the setting up of rural maternal and child centres (Daighors) to provide accompaniment to pregnant women and children of ages under 5.
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