MONTREAL, Aug. 18 /CNW Telbec/ - As devastating floods continue to
ravage Pakistan, the organization DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE is urging
Canadians to make a donation for flood victims in honour of World
Humanitarian Day on August 19th, 2010.
World Humanitarian Day commemorates the dedication of humanitarian aid
workers to provide assistance to those in crisis and DEVELOPMENT AND
PEACE wants to take this opportunity to thank its local partners in
Pakistan and around the world for their courage and compassionate action
to get aid to where it is needed most.
"We are supporting local groups in Pakistan, whose staff and volunteers
are working around the clock to get aid to people. These are people that
are seeing their own homes completely overwhelmed with water, who are
receiving little support from their government, but who continue to
forge ahead to make sure aid is getting out there," says Michael Casey,
Executive Director of DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE.
The government of Pakistan now estimates that 20 million people have
been affected by the floods, making the disaster comparable to other
recent humanitarian events like the Tsunami and the earthquake in Haiti.
DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE is part of the Caritas Internationalis
network, a worldwide federation of Catholic organizations fighting
against poverty and injustice. In Pakistan, local partner Caritas
Pakistan has strong ties with local communities and quickly mobilized to
distribute emergency relief in the worst-affected areas.
DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE has contributed $50,000 to their emergency
relief program but says that it is not enough.
"Caritas Pakistan estimates that at least $5 million is needed just to
get water, shelter, food and other emergency needs to people. That
doesn't even include what will be needed to rebuild houses, roads and
bridges or to help people regain their livelihoods," explains Casey.
DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE hopes that this year on World Humanitarian
Day, Canadians across the country will show their solidarity towards the
people of Pakistan during this crisis.
Donations can be made by telephone (1 888 664-3387), online at href="www.devp.org">www.devp.org
or by sending a cheque made out to DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE and
indicating Pakistan Floods to:
DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE,1425 René-Lévesque Blvd. West. 3rd Floor,
Montreal QC H3G 1T7
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