Ties that bind

In the village of Ruponda, PWRDF staff person Suzanne Rumsey poses for a photo with Joyce Mtauka, a local farmer she first met in 2015 when Mtauka travelled to Canada for a weeklong conference on sustainable agriculture in Sorrento, B.C.

Suzanne Rumsey, PWRDF youth delegate Leah Marshall and Joyce Mtauka make their way through Ruponda to attend a village meeting.

On behalf of the delegation, Bishop David Irving (left) and PWRDF board president Maureen Lawrence receive gifts of peanuts, tomatoes, lettuce and chickens from villagers in Ruponda in a gesture of thanks for the support the fund has provided over the past five years.

Bishop James Almasi greets PWRDF board member Bishop David Irving outside the Cathedral of St. Mary and St. Bartholomew upon his arrival in Masasi.

On their last day in Masasi, delegates discuss what they’ve learned during the trip. Clockwise from left: Maureen Lawrence, Geoff Strong, Bishop David Irving, Jordan Leibel, Asha Kerr-Wilson and Leah Marshall.

Bishop James Almasi introduces the delegation to villagers in Mkumba.

Maureen Lawrence joins in the circle dance welcoming the delegation to Ndomoni village.

Joseph Sijapenda, a veterinarian, talks to Maureen Lawrence about threats to livestock health in the region, key among which is a disease called East Coast Fever.

Elin Goulden, social justice and advocacy consultant for the diocese of Toronto, introduces herself to worshippers at St. Mary and St. Bartholomew Cathedral in Masasi, while Bishop James Almasi translates.

Delegates from the Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF) outside Mtwara Airport, Tanzania. Back row, left to right: Jordan Leibel, Bishop David Irving, Chris Pharo, Zaida Bastos, the Rev. Linus Buriani, Leah Marshall, Jennifer Brown. Front row: Geoff Strong, Maureen Lawrence, Suzanne Rumsey, Joyce Liundi, Asha Kerr-Wilson, Elin Goulden.

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