Posted May 30, 2017
The Government of Canada announced it will match funds donated to Canadian non-governmental organizations for famine relief in Africa and the Middle East.
The decision comes on the heels of the Global Day of Prayer to End Famine which saw millions of people across the world pray, tweet, post and talk face-to-face about the urgent action needed to aid 20 million people facing famine in South Sudan, Somalia, Yemen and Nigeria.
For every $1 donated to PWRDF’s famine appeal the government will put $1 into its own Famine Relief Fund to be allocated in accordance with government priorities. The 1:1 match will be applied retroactively to all funds donated since March 17 through June 30. According to PWRDF, more than $140,000 has already been donated since the appeal was announced, and money is still coming in from individuals and churches across Canada.
PWRDF has been working through ACT Alliance and the Canadian Foodgrains Bank to provide relief in South Sudan ($45,000), Kenya ($25,000) and Somalia ($30,000). A 2016 relief effort in Nigeria ($32,000) through ACT Alliance is ongoing.
“Famine, hunger and preventable disease in these four countries require our urgent response,” says Will Postma, Executive Director of PWRDF. “Through this match opportunity announced today, Canadians can know that our response will go further to respond to the urgencies for nutritious food, clean water, health care and other humanitarian needs.”
To donate to PWRDF’s Famine Relief Fund appeal:
– Visit pwrdf.org/donate then click on the Famine Relief Fund tab at the top of the Canada Helps page;
– Send a cheque to The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund, 80 Hayden Street, Toronto, Ont., M4Y 3G2, and indicate in the cheque memo “Famine Relief”
– Call 1-866-308-7973 during business hours and make your donation over the phone.