Wednesday, April 11, 2018


Agricultural education fights climate change in Malawi

Debora Kantor (middle) with her host Olient Nyasulu (right) and Olient's daughter Flyness Banda (left) in Malawi.

A Foodgrains Bank education trip connects Canadian Anglicans to the issue

Debora Kantor is from Cambridge-Narrows, New Brunswick. She is a member of the Parish of Cambridge & Waterborough. Olient Nyasulu is a Malawian woman from the community of Kabanda.
They come from two very different worlds and life experiences, but they have three things in common: a love of tending the land, a strong Christian faith, and connection to the Canadian Foodgrains Bank.
Kantor travelled to Malawi in early February as part of a Foodgrains Bank learning tour, where she learned about the effects that climate change has on hunger in the country. As part of the tour, Kantor stayed in Nyasulu’s home for three nights. She learned about some of the challenges Nyasulu faces, and how Nyasulu is working hard to meet those challenges head-on.
For example, through a Foodgrains Bank-supported project, Nyasulu learned new farming techniques that helped her increase the amount of food she grew. “One of Nyasulu’s greatest joys in life was having enough food to feed her family,” says Kantor. “Through the project, she learned to increase her yields by making compost to help fertilize her soil.
“Eighty percent of people in Malawi rely on the land to grow food for themselves and their families,” she explains, noting that for Malawians like Nyasulu, there’s a fine margin between having enough food to eat and not. Subtle changes in the weather can make a big difference in the ability of small-scale farmers to earn a livelihood.
“Over the course of the trip, we heard from farmer after farmer how they were struggling with prolonged dry spells, or how their crops wouldn’t grow because their soil wasn’t fertile,” says Kantor. Although Kantor isn’t a farmer, she does love to garden, and the challenge of being disappointed by poor weather resonated with her.
Nyasulu also learned new food production techniques to increase the nutrients in her children’s diets. One technique she learned was to cook peanut flour with vegetables to increase the protein in meals.
“I said to Nyasulu, ‘Your children look healthy,’ and she said ‘Yes – because of the nutrition training,’” says Kantor.
Ultimately, Kantor believes it was her Christian faith that helped her create meaningful connections with Nyasulu and her family. “I had a heart-to-heart connection with them,” she says. “We were truly all brothers and sisters in Christ, and of all the places I’ve travelled, I feel most connected to Nyasulu and her community.”
Kantor’s faith is also a reason she believes Canadians should do what they can to help people overseas experiencing hunger. “We have been blessed in our country with adequate food,” she says. “And God calls on us to support all his children – all his brothers and sisters – around the world.”
As an Anglican looking to reach out to people experiencing hunger around the world, Kantor hopes to bring together her parish with other local churches to start a growing project in support of responding to hunger through PWRDF’s account at the Foodgrains Bank.
Through growing projects, a group of people come together to plant, tend and harvest a crop, and then donate the proceeds to be used in the working of ending world hunger.
“Canadian Foodgrains Bank connects farmers with churches to provide food for people in need,” says Kantor. “And the Foodgrains Bank works with partners who are on the ground and who know the local needs intimately – that was made very evident to me in Malawi.”
“So growing projects are a really great, direct way to come together in support of world hunger,” she says.
To learn more about Kantor’s experience or get involved in her efforts to help end global hunger, contact her at deb.a.kantor@gmail.com.    
Shaylyn McMahon is the Communications Assistant for the Canadian Foodgrains Bank.
Anglican Church of Canada


I found this blog by accident that I created many years ago and somehow forgot all about.  I am in the process of trying to revive it and make it the only PWRDF Blog for the Diocese of Fredericton.

In my efforts to improve our web presence, I am very open to suggestions so please share your ideas with me at pwrdfnb@gmail.com

Anne Walling, PWRDF Representative for the Diocese of Fredericton in New Brunswick, Canada

Saturday, June 27, 2009

The Art of Sharing

We are celebrating the 50th Anniversary of PWRDF with "The Art of Sharing Project.”“

The Art of Sharing” is a wonderful project that inspires “giving.” Rev Marian Lucas-Jefferies gives an inspirational sermon about the work of the Canadian FoodGrains Bank and Dale Cook is inspired to help them with their life saving work. Being an artist, Dale gives her time and talent to create the work “Silence is Not the Answer” based on photographs taken in Ethiopia from the personal collection of RevMarian Lucas-Jefferies.

Gale donates the painting to PWRDF, requesting that it be used as a fund-raiser for the Canadian FoodGrains Bank of which PWRDF is a partner. The photograph Dale chose to reproduce is a mountain scene in northern Ethiopia that shows walkers passing each other in what seems an endlessly barren land.

“Dust and rocks, dust and rocks — the people of northern Ethiopia walkthe endless fields and roads high in the mountains and deep in thevalleys, The land they travel looks barren — old and worn out. The people look determined. They must be, because they walk so far. Ethiopia isn’t all dust and rocks, though. There is rich, fertile landand it bears coffee, tea, sugarcane, bananas … corporate cash cropsexported to wealthy countries like ours. But the people of Ethiopia are left with the dust and rocks, Fair? No. We owe them so much (RevMarian Lucas-Jefferies)."

"Canadian FoodGrains Bank, a partnership of Canadian church-basedagencies, is a fitting recipient of the proceeds of the Ethiopian scene. It works to end hunger in developing countries by increasing and deepening the involvement of Canadians in this task — just as theArt of Sharing is a fitting title for this local support effort. Dale also plans a series of paintings on PWRDF themes and a percentage of the proceeds from those paintings will also go to the CanadianFoodGrains Bank (Ana Watts, NB Anglican)."

Anne Walling, Diocese of Fredericton PWRDF Coordinator, and the PWRDF Committee agree to promote the project with an online auction. The auction is advertised on the Internet by Dave Wilson (a PWRDFCommittee member and web administrator) and Anne Walling. The paintingis shown in as many Anglican Churches in New Brunswick as time permits. Ana Watts (Communications Officer, Diocese of Fredericton) gives of her time and talents to write several articles for publication on the web and in the print media. Dave is instrumental in raising awareness of the promotion to the members of the Synod 2009 with images on the big screen, thus giving more people a chance to view and bid on the painting.

The high bidder of the auction is Greg Hiltz of the Parish of Simonds,Saint John, NB. Bishop Claude Miller presented the painting to Greg at Synod 2009. Greg and Debbie Hiltz believe that the painting has a spiritual quality and it should be displayed in a church. Therefore,they are very generously giving the painting to their church, All Saints Anglican, Loch Lomond, Parish of Simonds, Saint John, NB.

Greg and Debbie are not strangers to the "Art of Sharing." They have been members of All Saints Anglican, Loch Lomond since 1991, having brought up two daughters in the Church. Greg served as a warden for many years and he currently serves on the vestry and Debbie sings in the choir. The Hiltz family was impressed by the painting when Rev Terence Chandra displayed it during a Sunday service, and now the painting will be displayed in his church.

The painting sold for $407 but the benefit is more significant than that. With Canadian government support through CIDA, the International Canadian Development Agency, CFGB projects can be matched by as much as four dollars for every dollar raised. That means that the actual benefit from the painting could be as much as $2035, a huge investment on money donated to the Canadian FoodGrains Bank through PWRDF. Most important is the benefit received by our partners overseas. The mission of the Canadian FoodGrains Bank is to "end hunger" at a time where one billion people suffer from hunger. Last year CFGB and its partners engaged in 98 food aid and assistance projects.

That is not all, Dale Cook plans to continue “The Art of Sharing” project by creating several more paintings based on Rev Marian’s photos and experiences. The details are not completed but the artist is planning an Art Show at the Kennebecasis Library in Quispamsis, NB in December where the new paintings will be displayed. A portion from the sale of these paintings will be donated to CFGB through PWRDFto continue their work to feed the hungry. The details of this event will be published at a later date.

The giving is contagious with everyone unabashedly giving one hundred percent and more to raise awareness of the life saving work of PWRDFand the Canadian FoodGrains Bank. This project is truly a blessing for everyone involved. We are working together, partners with the same vision and goal, we will feed the hungry.

Respectfully, Anne Walling.

(The painting is copyright Dale Cook and it was photographed by David Little Photography for the promotion of The Art of Sharing.)

Walking for Water

The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund
The Anglican Church of Canada
www.pwrdf.org
“I will open rivers in high places, and fountains in the midst of the valleys:
I will make the wilderness a pool of water, and the dry land springs of water.”
— Isaiah 41:18
She walks 19 kilometres to get water because she can’t afford the $1 for
the 20-litre container for sale near her home. The journey takes more
than a day. Her daughters are with her, carrying their dirty clothes to
wash at the water source. They will sleep under a tree because they have
no relatives to stay with along the way. They ate before they left but carry
no food with them. The way home will be harder, as the water container
will be full. She prays for rain so she can collect water in basins and be
spared the journey next time.
The village of Marui, in the coastal region of Tanzania, just over a
two-hour drive from Dar es Salaam, is part of an integrated development
project that PWRDF is supporting through the Diocese of Dar es Salaam.
Marui villagers decided that water was their top priority.
The borehole has been dug and is awaiting the pump, and the water
will flow soon. The water committee has been elected and the pump
technician will soon be trained. Then she will not have to walk anymore.
Tanzania W a ter and women and walking
Voices of Hope

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Update on Francine Nijimbere

The Primate's World Relief and Development Fund
The Anglican Church of Canada
80 Hayden Street, Toronto, ON M4Y 3G2 Website: http://www.pwrdf.org/
For Immediate Release: Jun. 1, 2009

The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF) is looking for a medical partner to help us bring Francine Nijimbere to Canada for treatment.

Anglicans in Canada continue to respond passionately to the story of this African woman, whose arms were chopped off by her brother-in-law. A report on Francine’s situation appeared in the May issue of the Anglican Journal.

“The story has moved many people and PWRDF is accepting donations while we continue our search for the best partner organization to help us do this work,” says Zaida Bastos, Africa program coordinator for PWRDF. Bishop Pie Ntukamazina of the Diocese of Bujumbura in Burundi has confirmed that there are no treatment facilities in this tiny, east central African country.

“This work cannot be carried out by PWRDF alone,” points out Cheryl Curtis, executive director. “Although our core work is focused on supporting the efforts of our national and international partners to end violence against women, Francine’s case provides us with a unique opportunity to deepen understanding of gender justice issues. We are now seeking a strategic alliance with a medical organization equipped to give Francine what she needs to heal and to be re-united with her young daughter.”

Curtis adds that she will personally be making the phone calls to potential partners.
Francine is one of the beneficiaries of the women’s empowerment program of the Mothers’ Union. PWRDF has been funding the Mothers’ Union program since 2006, with support from Anglicans in Canada.

To donate to the Francine Fund or other PWRDF-supported programs that address gender justice issues, please go to http://www.pwrdf.org/, CanadaHelps or call our toll-free line: 1-866-308-7973 and ask for Annie Au Yeung.

The Primate's World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF) is the Canadian Anglican agency for development, relief, refugees, and justice. With the support of Anglican parishes across Canada, PWRDF makes financial and human resources available to support our partners' initiatives and to promote knowledgeable actions of solidarity at home and around the world.
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Saturday, May 30, 2009

Reminder...KAIROS

We are in a time of crisis. Like so many, KAIROS is hard hit by the global financial crisis and new revenue cuts. Now more than ever, our justice work needs your help.

We promise that we will embrace the challenge, renew our efforts and learn from the people on whose behalf and with whom we work for justice.

Please make your gift of $60, $40, or any amount you can afford.

In Colombia, in Darfur, in the Philippines and here in Canada – people organize and work to end oppression, poverty, human rights abuses. They get up every day and transform their communities, often risking their lives.

Women are in the forefront of working for change, and deserve our support.
KAIROS brought Yolanda Becerra, a Colombian human rights worker, to Ottawa a few months ago, to meet Members of Parliament and Canadians.

She urged them to help stop the killings of human rights workers. She received death threats before coming here, just for demanding justice.

But she refuses to leave her work.

“Thank God I’m still alive,” Yolanda says. “KAIROS urgent actions helped protect me.”

KAIROS funds and advocates for partners like Yolanda around the world and in Canada. They teach us that social movements are full of courage and inspiration. They show us how to be true to our mission - no matter what. When you give to KAIROS you join a great momentum for justice.

Could you send a gift of $60, $40, or any amount you can afford? Your help will support people changing our world. We must stand with them.

Please visit kairoscanada.org to learn about all our work.

Thank you for whatever you can do.

Mary Corkery, Executive Director
P.S. To help, make your donation conveniently online, call Fahira Golich at 1-877-403-8933 (toll free), or print this form and mail your gift to:
KAIROS 310 Dupont St., Suite 200 Toronto ON M5R 1V9

Our human rights and justice work is in jeopardy.
You can help.