Welcome to Update - April 2021
Working towards a truly just,
healthy and peaceful world.
  • New 1:1 matching fund announced for Light for Every Birth
  • PWRDF pandemic responses continue with India response and Vaccine Equity Fund
  • Mapping Exercise coming to a Zoom screen near you
  • June Under the Sun focusses on food security and climate action
Voices of Hope can be shared in your parish as a half-page bulletin insert, read as an announcement, or included in an e-blast. This month we share the story of an internally displaced family in the Tigray region of Ethiopia.

NEWS
Light for Every Birth gets
1:1 matching fund
An anonymous donor has announced a 1:1 matching fund for donations to the Light for Every Birth project installing 50 solar suitcases in rural health clinics in Mozambique. Donations will be matched up to $100,000, until September 30, 2021. Click here for an announcement to share.
PWRDF responds to appeal
for Gaza hospital
PWRDF is responding to an urgent appeal from the Most Reverend Hosam Naoum, Archbishop of Jerusalem, for funds for Al Ahli Hospital in Gaza, with a grant of $10,000. Donations are also being accepted.
PWRDF continues response to COVID-19
Pay it forward
The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund has launched a new Vaccine Equity Fund to contribute to the worldwide vaccination effort from COVID-19. Money donated to this fund will be used to support our partners as they prepare for vaccine rollout in the coming months.
Support for India
PWRDF is now accepting donations to support India as it struggles with the current COVID-19 outbreak. While Canada faces its own challenges and grief over COVID-19, the images and stories of mass deaths, blackmarket oxygen tanks and parking lot crematoria are shocking and heartbreaking.
Chicken farming provides income opportunities for women in Colombia
Esthela Palacios is counting her chickens before they hatch. As a participant of ECLOF Colombia’s 2021 project, “Good poultry practices – The Happy Hen,” she has been given an opportunity to earn more money for her family.

A word from Kootenay
Our thanks to Diocesan Representative from the Diocese of Kootenay, Ruth Simpson, for recording this wonderful update for their Synod meeting.

Click on the video to watch and share!
June Under the Sun
The next issue of Under the Sun will be arriving in your June Anglican Journal. In this issue, we focus on our partners’ work in Food Security and Climate Action. You can also download it from our website.
EVENTS
PWRDF Webinars
June 3, 1 p.m. ET - Ride for Refuge Kickoff
This year we are supporting the Light for Every Birth Project and Ride Freestyle is back. Learn about the creative ways you can support this project and have fun along the way.
June 22, 1 p.m. ET - Light for Every Birth
Learn more about this exciting project with a presentation from our partners We Care Solar in California.
Sunday, June 6, 12 p.m. - 2 p.m. EDT
Virtual Rogation Service from
the Diocese of Rupert’s Land

Join Bishop Geoff Woodcroft, the Grow Hope Manitoba team and PWRDF Executive Director Will Postma for a Zoom service blessing the newly planted fields. All are welcome from coast to coast to coast! View the Facebook Event here.
June 10 and June 24, 1 p.m. ET
Praying with PWRDF

All are welcome to join our online parish. Hundreds have prayed with us from across Canada and elsewhere.
June 10 - Rev. Scott McLeod, Refugee Coordinator, Diocese of Niagara
June 24 - Bishop Todd Townshend, Diocese of Huron
June 20 - World Refugee Day
On June 20, the world commemorates the strength, courage, and resilience of millions of refugees. PWRDF supports and accompanies refugees and displaced people all over the world, and supports a Refugee Network of Sponsorship Agreement Holders for new Canadians. Visit the Canadian Council for Refugees website to learn more about issues facing refugees in Canada.
RESOURCES
Mapping the Ground We Stand On goes virtual
As Canadians celebrate National Indigenous Day on June 21, PWRDF invites you to check out our new virtual workshop, Mapping the Ground We Stand On. Our trained Mapping Exercise facilitators are ready to deliver this Zoom-friendly workshop to your community. Email PWRDF Public Engagement Officer Christine Hills to book your workshop.
a just generation podcast
Rooted in the power of story to inspire and transform, a just generation is a series of short conversations with allies, educators and folks working to bring about equity and justice. Join us in early June for Episode 2: Pulling back the curtain Listen to the podcast
Dig in to our Education Focus
The first module of PWRDF’s Climate Action Education Focus for Year One is now available.
Climate Action resources available
for order
PWRDF’s 2021 resources focus on UN Sustainable Development Goal #13, Climate Action. Our series of bulletin inserts highlight how PWRDF partners are taking climate action to improve food security, empower women, health, Indigenous communities, emergency response, refugees and displaced people and engaging youth.
The World of Gifts is open
all year
You can give to PWRDF’s World of Gifts all year long and fund items our partners need to run their programs. Visit World of Gifts online to make your gift 24/7, or download the PDF to browse and order by mail or telephone 1 (877) 936-9199 (9 a.m.-5 p.m. ET)
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