Food program mitigates effects of Zimbabwe crisis for hundreds of thousands



    MONTREAL, Feb. 2 /CNW Telbec/ - Development and Peace has just sent $
100,000 to Zimbabwe to provide emergency aid to over 200,000 people. The
relief program, run by Development and Peace partner Caritas Zimbabwe,
addresses urgent and long-term problems such as hunger, the spread of HIV/AIDS
and the cholera epidemic, caused by the collapse of the country's economy and
infrastructure.
    Zimbabwe is undergoing a severe humanitarian crisis, with 83 % of its
inhabitants currently living on less than $ 2 a day.
    "It is crucial that we offset the impact of the Zimbabwean government's
mismanagement" says Barbara Trachsel, Emergency Relief Program Officer for
Development and Peace. "During the election period, from March to August,
humanitarian aid was put on hold. Now, the country is in political deadlock
and the agricultural season has failed for a third year in a row, further
increasing the dependence of the Zimbabwean population on food aid."
    "With this program, we want to ensure not only that Zimbabweans survive
this crisis but that they have access to education, health services and
agricultural goods."
    Caritas Zimbabwe will distribute food rations, offer midday meals for
children in school, distribute seeds, provide agricultural training, supply
medicine and improve access to sanitation.
    The program will cost $8.9 million and will run for the next 7 months in
and around Bulawayo, Chinhoyi, Gokwe, Gweru, Harare, Hwange, Masvingo and
Mutare.
    Development and Peace is calling for donations for the Zimbabwe crisis.
Contributions can be made by telephone (1 888 664-3387), online at
www.devp.org, or by cheque (marked "Emergency: Zimbabwe") sent to the
following address:

    
                            Development and Peace
                  1425, René-Lévesque Blvd. West, 3rd floor
                              Montreal (Quebec)
                                   H3G 1T7
    




For further information:

For further information: Media Contact: Eleonore Fournier-Tombs, (514)
257-8711 ext. 307, eleonore.fournier@devp.org


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