ERDO is the humanitarian agency of the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada; the PAONL has long supported and partnered with the PAOC and ERDO.
A massive famine struck Ethiopia in 1983, and before it had finished, an estimated one million people lost their lives. To respond to the massive need, leaders at The Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada made a decision that would bring focus, energy and resources in a new way to serve the sick and hungry. From the biblical call to “do good”, Emergency Relief & Development Overseas, or ERDO, was born.
ERDO now serves children and their families in more than 30 developing countries, and was recognized by The Financial Post in 2014 as one of the “Top 25 Charities in Canada“.
ERDO workers, working from best-practice methodology and results-based measurements, bring short-term relief of food, emergency shelter and clean water in times of crisis and natural disaster. We are focused on four key areas that span from immediate aid to long-term programs: crisis response, food assistance, child sponsorship and community development.
Long-term development brings communities to a point where they are self-sustaining, and stable. This is the ultimate goal of ERDO – to “do good”, not just for today, but for the long term.