Canadians have a heart for flood relief efforts in Sri Lanka

TORONTO, Feb. 10 /CNW/ - Canadians are supporting World Vision's current flood relief efforts in Sri Lanka through donations to the aid agency's annual Gift Catalogue.

World Vision has mounted a comprehensive response in Sri Lanka's North Central and Eastern provinces that includes distribution of food and emergency relief items. Thanks to the generosity of Canadians who purchased gifts through World Vision Canada's Gift Catalogue, the agency is also providing:

  • mosquito nets to protect from diseases such as malaria;
  • water filters to provide access to safe water that is free from waterborne diseases; and
  • mobile medical clinics to treat health issues associated with the flooding.

Gift Catalogue Background

  • The first of its kind, the World Vision Gift Catalogue has been providing meaningful gift giving opportunities to caring Canadians for over ten years. 
  • Thousands rely on the gift catalogue each year as a highly effective way to reach out to those in the greatest need. 
  • Canadians have purchased almost $16 million in meaningful gifts from the 2010/2011 World Vision Gift Catalogue.

Flood Facts

  • 1.2 million people in Sri Lanka have been affected by the floods.
  • Approximately 300,000 children are unable to attend school due to the floods. School equipment needs to be repaired or replaced; many students have lost education materials such as uniforms and text books.
  • Nearly 400,000 acres of rice paddies and several thousands of acres of other crops have been destroyed.
  • An estimate 75,000 wells are contaminated, resulting in a lack of clean drinking water for about 50,000 families.

World Vision has worked in Sri Lanka since 1977. Canadians sponsor more than 17,000 Sri Lankan children through World Vision.

World Vision is a leading Christian relief, development and advocacy organization dedicated to working with children, families and communities to overcome poverty and injustice. Inspired by our Christian values, we are dedicated to working with the world's most vulnerable people. We serve all people regardless of religion, race, ethnicity or gender.

SOURCE World Vision Canada

For further information:

Jane Bargout, 416-716-9738,


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