Maritimers thanked for changing the lives of 860 children this summer

MISSISSAUGA, ON, Sept. 9, 2015 /CNW/ - International aid agency World Vision Canada is grateful for the impressive generosity of the Atlantic region in the fight to end child poverty. Last week marked the end of the Maritimes Campaign for Children, an opportunity for more people in the region to help children waiting to be sponsored. Over the past two months people in the Atlantic region sponsored 860 children, which will change the lives of these children, their families and communities.

Sponsors are providing access to education, health care, nutritious food, clean water and helping parents find economic opportunities so they can provide for their children.

"We are so thankful for Maritimers sponsoring children, and impressed by the willingness of the Atlantic region to help others," says World Vision spokesperson Joyce Gonzales. "The Maritimes is known for warm hearts and generosity. They are having a strong impact globally. We see this in the lives of the thousands of children being sponsored by people in the region."

Quick Facts:

  • There are now more than 21,000 World Vision child sponsors in the Maritime region.
  • Through the Maritimes Campaign for Children, more than 800 children were sponsored by people in the Atlantic region this summer.
  • Child Sponsorship makes World Vision's community development programs possible; providing communities with sustainable access to necessities like clean water, nutritious food, economic opportunity, health care and access to education.
  • If every World Vision child sponsored by a person in the Atlantic region were put on a school bus, they would fill 312 buses; if these school buses were lined up they would stretch almost 4 km!

Background Information:

Visit www.worldvision.ca to find out more information, or to sponsor a child and join the growing number of Maritimers changing children's lives.

World Vision is a Christian relief, development, and advocacy organization working to create lasting change in the lives of children, families, and communities to overcome poverty and injustice. Inspired by our Christian values, World Vision is dedicated to working with the world's most vulnerable people regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, or gender. Visit our News Centre at worldvision.ca

SOURCE World Vision Canada

Image with caption: "Mai, a World Vision aid worker, with Filipino children in the Estancia community. This region of the Philippines was severely hit by Typhoon Haiyan in 2013, but thanks to child sponsorship World Vision was able to respond quickly to help children and families in the region recover. (CNW Group/World Vision Canada)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20150909_C6717_PHOTO_EN_493275.jpg

For further information: For interviews or media information please contact: Genevieve Barber, genevieve_barber@worldvision.ca, 905.565.6200 x 2176

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