VANCOUVER, Dec. 9 /CNW/ - The Canadian Croatian Foundation for Demining
(CCFD) is pleased to announce that it has been granted Canadian charity
status and execution of a Contractor Intermediary Agreement with the
International Trust Fund for Demining and Mine Victims Assistance
(ITF). Charity status allows CCFD to issue tax receipts to Canadian
donors, while the agreement with ITF will leverage Canadian donors'
donations by matching each dollar raised with an additional dollar via
the US Matching Fund Mechanism.
Demining projects will be developed using the Croatian Mine Action
Centre (CROMAC) database following CCFD's guidelines. These guidelines
will focus demining projects at sites near schools, playgrounds and
other highly frequented areas as well as land that is best suited for
agricultural and other use. Micro projects will be a priority as they
will provide donors the opportunity to develop and fund entire
Sara Shawesh, CCFD's President explained, "Many of us have forgotten
that Croatia, Canada's NATO ally and soon to be EU member, has 800 000
people living in close proximity to suspected mine fields. Croatia has
signed and implemented the Ottawa Mine Ban Treaty and destroyed all
landmine stockpiles. CCFD's goal is to see that all landmines are
removed from Croatian soil. Obtaining charitable status in Canada will
further help achieve this goal."
Individuals and corporations interested in supporting demining efforts
in Croatia are encouraged to donate by visiting CCFD's website
available on the following link: www.deminecroatia.org. Membership and volunteer forms are also available on the website.
ITF is a humanitarian, non-profit organization devoted to eradication of
landmines from the region of South-eastern Europe and the world. For
additional information on ITF please visit the following link: www.itf-fund.si
CROMAC is Croatian national institution responsible for the coordination of
mine action activities in Croatia and it was founded in 1998 by
Croatian Government. For additional information on CROMAC please visit
the following link: www.hcr.hr/en/index.asp
CCFD is a Canadian charitable registered non-profit society whose objective
is to remove landmines in Croatia. For additional information on CCFD
please visit the following link: www.deminecroatia.org.
SOURCE CANADIAN CROATIAN FOUNDATION FOR DEMINING (CCFD)
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Director - Canadian Croatian Foundation for Demining