Extreme violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine State has forced over half a million Rohingya people to flee from their homes and seek refuge in Bangladesh.

Violence broke out at the end of August when Rohingya militants attacked government forces. According to the United Nations, the Myanmar government responded against the Rohingya with disproportionate violence.

On October 31, the Government of Canada announced the establishment of the Myanmar Crisis Relief Fund. For all eligible donations made between August 25 and November 28, 2017, the Government of Canada will provide a matching amount towards Canada’s Myanmar Crisis Relief Fund. The match is 1:1, meaning that for every $1 donated to PWS&D for famine relief, $1 will go to the government’s Famine Relief Fund for distribution.

The government will then put that matched money into a collective fund with matching funds from other organizations across Canada. After November 28, organizations responding to the Rohingya crisis are chosen by the government to receive those funds.

Donations in response to the Rohingya refugee crisis are also eligible for 4:1 matching from the government through our relationships with the Canadian Foodgrains Bank.



“Bangladesh is now hosting the world’s biggest refugee camp where over 900,000 Rohingya and other minorities are fleeing the ethnic cleansing in Myanmar,” said the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development. “Your donation will save lives and will allow them to be treated with dignity until they can return home.”

Entire villages have been destroyed, and there has been widespread panic and flight. Refugees—mostly women, children and the elderly—are pouring into a small region of Bangladesh and settling in miserable shelter conditions with little food, medical and sanitation services.

We Respond Together

18-year-old Toslima and her five day old baby, who was born along the road as they fled Myanmar

PWS&D, in partnership with members of the Canadian Foodgrains Bank, is responding by helping provide life-saving food assistance in the Cox’s Bazar region of Bangladesh, where many of the refugees have fled. Emergency rations of lentils, oil, sugar and salt will be distributed to 18,000 people.

In collaboration with partners at the ACT Alliance, PWS&D is also able to respond to meet needs for non-food items, temporary shelter, sanitation services and psychosocial assistance.

As Christians, we are called to respond to respond to the world’s pain and despair. Please join with us in supporting relief efforts for Rohingya refugees and continue to pray for an end to hatred and violence in Myanmar.

You can make a donation to PWS&D through your church, by mailing a cheque to the office, donating online or calling 1-800-619-7301 x291. Please mark all donations as “Rohingya Crisis.”



To share this response with your congregation, download the Rohingya crisis bulletin insert.

Image of arrow pointing downRohingya Refugee Crisis Bulletin Insert

Contact Stephanie Chunoo at schunoo [at] presbyterian [dot] ca or 1-800-619-7301 ext. 293 to request printed copies of insert.