Primate's (World Relief and Development) Fund Donations Drive

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Toronto

A sharp drop in donations to the Primate's World Relief and Development Fund last year means support for a number of international projects will be cut and three national staff will lose their jobs.

Charlotte Maxwell, PWRDF's Africa development co-ordinator, said the cuts mean projects to help new dioceses in Kenya may be lost.

"They're in the process of getting off the ground and we won't be able to support them," said Ms. Maxwell. Likewise, vocational training centres in southern Africa will not receive the support they had counted on.

"In most cases, we've been able to say, where there was an absolute commitment, those we won't cut, but the (projects) in fruition will be more badly hit."

Fund director Robin Gibson said donations last year were about $2,255,000, down 20 per cent over the average total donations between 1991 and 1995.

The drop has forced the fund to cut its 1996 budget by 17 per cent. Mr. Gibson said the cut is based on an anticipated increase in revenue in 1996.

"We've made the decision to cut grants by $650,000," said Mr. Gibson, "and because we don't believe in cutting back just to our overseas partners, this also requires a cut to the staff.

"The layoffs are extremely difficult," he added, "because for Primate's Fund staff, it's not just a job. …