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:
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, 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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