World Vision urges donations as Myanmar match deadline nears



    MISSISSAUGA, ON, June 12 /CNW/ - As the government's June 13 deadline for
matching donations approaches, World Vision is encouraging Canadians not to
miss this opportunity to double their generosity to Cyclone Nargis survivors
in Myanmar where aid is still urgently needed.
    The relief fund, for which the Canadian government will match private,
individual donations to humanitarian organizations, will end on Friday, June
13. Thanks to the generosity of Canadians, World Vision has raised more than
$4 million so far for Myanmar relief efforts.
    "The lives of children and families affected by the disaster are
improving, but there is still a lot more work that needs to be done," said
Dave Toycen, President and CEO of World Vision Canada. "The extent of the
damage means relief and recovery could possibly continue into next year," said
Toycen.
    World Vision has helped more than 400,000 people with food and other
supplies. World Vision Canada has received $1 million from the Canadian
International Development Agency (CIDA) to provide clean water and sanitation
and increase the number of emergency shelters. Children are extremely
vulnerable to disease outbreaks, and these kinds of projects help to minimize
the risk of illness.
    Many farmers in Myanmar are especially in need of assistance. They have
not yet been able to plant their vital rice crops, and may not be able to
produce crops until next year. Specifically in the Irrawaddy Delta, World
Vision is providing 30 hand-held tractors and working to distribute seeds and
other tools to help plant and ensure the spring crop is not lost.
    In Myanmar, World Vision has been operating since 1961 and its donors
currently sponsor 42,000 children there. Community development programs funded
by the child sponsorship program include food assistance, agriculture, health,
clean water, education, income generation and nutrition projects.
    World Vision is accepting donations to assist those affected by the
cyclone. Those wishing to help can visit WorldVision.ca or call
1-800-268-5528.

    World Vision is a Christian relief, development and advocacy organization
dedicated to working with children, families and communities to overcome
poverty and injustice. World Vision serves all people regardless of religion,
race, ethnicity or gender.





For further information:

For further information: To interview Dave Toycen, World Vision Canada
president and CEO, or regional staff, please contact: Yoko Kobayashi, (905)
565-6200 ext. 2151, (416) 671-0086 (cell), yoko_kobayashi@WorldVision.ca;
Britt Hamilton, (905) 565-6200 ext. 3973, (416) 275-1057 (cell),
britt_hamilton@WorldVision.ca


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