TORONTO, Feb. 10 /CNW/ - Canadians are supporting World Vision's current
flood relief efforts in Sri Lanka through donations to the aid agency's
annual Gift Catalogue.
World Vision has mounted a comprehensive response in Sri Lanka's North
Central and Eastern provinces that includes distribution of food and
emergency relief items. Thanks to the generosity of Canadians who
purchased gifts through World Vision Canada's Gift Catalogue, the
agency is also providing:
mosquito nets to protect from diseases such as malaria;
water filters to provide access to safe water that is free from
waterborne diseases; and
mobile medical clinics to treat health issues associated with the
Gift Catalogue Background
The first of its kind, the World Vision Gift Catalogue has been
providing meaningful gift giving opportunities to caring Canadians for
over ten years.
Thousands rely on the gift catalogue each year as a highly effective way
to reach out to those in the greatest need.
Canadians have purchased almost $16 million in meaningful gifts from the
2010/2011 World Vision Gift Catalogue.
1.2 million people in Sri Lanka have been affected by the floods.
Approximately 300,000 children are unable to attend school due to the
floods. School equipment needs to be repaired or replaced; many
students have lost education materials such as uniforms and text books.
Nearly 400,000 acres of rice paddies and several thousands of acres of
other crops have been destroyed.
An estimate 75,000 wells are contaminated, resulting in a lack of clean
drinking water for about 50,000 families.
World Vision has worked in Sri Lanka since 1977. Canadians sponsor more
than 17,000 Sri Lankan children through World Vision.
World Vision is a leading Christian relief, development and advocacy
organization dedicated to working with children, families and
communities to overcome poverty and injustice. Inspired by our
Christian values, we are dedicated to working with the world's most
vulnerable people. We serve all people regardless of religion, race,
ethnicity or gender.
SOURCE World Vision Canada
For further information:
Jane Bargout, 416-716-9738, firstname.lastname@example.org