MONTREAL, July 12, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - As a major hunger crisis
continues to worsen in West Africa, DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE is widening its response in order to support relief projects in
Mauritania, Chad and Senegal. These new projects aim to bring aid to
over 300,000 people, and include food and seed distributions, support
to agricultural production and nutritional programs.
There are now 18 million people in West Africa who are facing food
shortages and malnutrition. DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE launched a public appeal in early May to raise funds to respond to this
growing crisis. This appeal is being supported by the Catholic bishops
of Canada, who are organizing collections in dioceses across the
These new projects are in addition to a $5 million response organized by
DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE and the Canadian Foodgrains Bank to help 19,500 households in Niger,
Mali and Burkina Faso.
DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE is working with local partners of the Caritas Internationalis network,
a federation of 165 Catholic development and relief organizations
around the world, to put these projects in place.
"Our local partners are able to go where the needs are greatest and
where communities are most vulnerable," says Guy Des Aulniers,
Emergency Relief Programs Officer at DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE. "Their local knowledge and expertise allow us to monitor the situation
closely and support effective programs, as they best understand the
needs of communities.
DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE is encouraging the public to continue to donate to its appeal in order
to not only support more relief efforts, but to also contribute towards
programs to help rebuild communities and allow people to regain their
Donations to DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE can be made on their website at www.devp.org, by telephone (1 888 664-3387), or by sending a cheque made out to DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE (please indicate West Africa - Hunger Crisis) and sending it to:
Development and Peace, 1425 René-Lévesque Blvd. West. 3rd Floor,
Montreal, QC H3G 1T7.
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