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January 20, 2012 - 

Christian Reformed World Relief Committee-Canada (CRWRC) has been awarded more than $7 million dollars by the Canadian federal government through its Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).

But there is a catch. Canadian donors will have to raise about half a million dollars each year to collect the full amount promised by CIDA. That’s because CIDA contributes three dollars for each dollar raised by CRWRC.

“The ratio of CIDA contribution to CRWRC contribution is 3:1, which means that every dollar donated toward these programs will result in four dollars in ministry,” said Ida Kaastra-Mutoigo, director of CRWRC-Canada.

CRWRC is the relief and development arm of the Christian Reformed Church.

According to a CRWRC release, the funding is for work in Bangladesh, Malawi, Senegal, Nigeria, Tanzania, Mozambique, Honduras, and Mali.

The funding comes just a year after CRWRC was informed that it was losing CIDA funding of approximately $1.1 million because of changes in CIDA priorities and application procedures.

CRWRC launched a denomination-wide fund appeal called Harvest Hope to make up the shortfall and raised nearly $900,000.

“We are so grateful to the people and the government of Canada for this support,” said Kaastra-Mutoigo.

To qualify for the matching funds, donations must come from Canadian sources and be designated to one of the following categories under Projects-General:

  • Bangladesh/Malawi Maternal Child Health
  • Senegal/Nigeria Adolescent Health
  • Sustainable Livelihoods

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