BURLINGTON, ON, Nov. 26, 2013 /CNW/ - The IKEA Foundation has donated €1
million (CAD $1.4 million) to Doctors Without Borders to aid ongoing
recovery efforts in the Philippines in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan. The
funds are in addition to €2 million (CAD $4.2 million) already provided
to UNICEF to deliver critical water and sanitation supplies to help
protect the health and safety of thousands of children and families.
Doctors Without Borders will use the donation to provide essential
medical care and lifesaving services including clean water, shelter,
food and hygiene stations to children and families in remote areas that
are difficult to reach.
Current estimates indicate that over five million children could now be
affected by the disaster, leaving them vulnerable to waterborne
disease, separated from family members and without adequate protection.
Children who have escaped the terrible devastation of Typhoon Haiyan
need urgent assistance to survive the storm's aftermath.
"We are extremely grateful to the IKEA Foundation for their invaluable
contribution, which will be critical in helping the lives of so many
children and their families in the affected areas", said Leila Pakkala,
UNICEF Director of Private Fundraising and Partnerships.
"Thanks to the generous support of the IKEA Foundation, teams will be
able to expand their medical assistance to the victims of Typhoon
Haiyan in the most isolated areas," says Laurent Sauveur, Director of
Communications, Doctors Without Borders.
UNICEF works in more than 190 countries and territories to help children
survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence. The
world's largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF
supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality
basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children
from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the
voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and
governments. For more information about UNICEF and its work visit www.unicef.org. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.
About Doctors without Borders
Doctors Without Borders is an international, independent, medical
humanitarian organisation that delivers emergency aid to people
affected by armed conflict, epidemics, exclusion from healthcare and
natural disasters. Founded in Paris, France in 1971, Doctors Without
Borders is a non-profit self-governed organisation. It was awarded the
Nobel Peace Prize in 1999.
About IKEA Foundation
The IKEA Foundation aims to improve opportunities for children and youth
in the world's poorest communities by funding holistic, long-term
programmes that can create substantial, lasting change. The Foundation
works with strong strategic partners applying innovative approaches to
achieve large-scale results in four fundamental areas of a child's
life: a place to call home; a healthy start in life; a quality
education; and sustainable family income. Currently-funded programmes
benefit an estimated 100 million children by 2015. Learn more at www.ikeafoundation.org and www.facebook/IKEAfoundation
SOURCE: IKEA Canada
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