The Canadian government has extended the time it is offering to match donations given to registered charities to aid people in the areas devastated by Typhoon Haiyan, which struck the Philippines and neighbouring countries on Nov. 8. Monetary donations up to $100,000 from individual Canadians will now be matched dollar for dollar by the government until Dec. 23.
As of Nov. 28, the Anglican Church of Canada’s Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF) has received donations of more than $215,000, said communications co-ordinator Simon Chambers.
According to information from the UN, three weeks after the typhoon, which killed more than 5,000 people and left almost 3.5 million homeless, food remains a priority for affected communities.
Immediately after the storm, PWRDF announced that it was releasing an initial grant of $20,000 through the ecumenical relief and development ACT Alliance.
PWRDF later announced the release of another grant of $20,532 to three long-time PWRDF partners in the Visayas region-the Central Visayas Farmers Development Center (FARDEC), Cebubohol Relief and Rehabilitation Center (CRRC) and Southern Partners Fair Trade Center (SPFTC). Working together, the three partners used the grant to provide temporary shelter to a total of 525 families in the municipalities of Bantayan and Sta. Fe on Bantayan Island, as well as enough food and water for five days.
According to PWRDF, priority is being given to families who lost their livelihood and to those whose houses were destroyed by the typhoon. In total, 8,750 kg of rice, 1,050 kg of dried fish, 3150 tins of sardines, 525 litres of cooking oil and 1,050 packages of water purification tablets are being distributed to the families. In addition, each family will be provided with five metres of plastic sheet for temporary shelter, and the poles and materials to tie the sheet will be arranged by the community members.
Those wishing to donate through PWRDF can do so online, by phone or mail:
You can designate your online donation for “Typhoon Haiyan.”
For credit card donations, contact:
416-924-9192 ext. 355; 1-866-308-7973
Please do not send your credit card number by email or fax.
Please make cheques payable to “PWRDF” and mark them for “Typhoon Haiyan,” then send them to:
Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund
Anglican Church of Canada
80 Hayden St.
Toronto, ON M4Y 3G2