World Vision responds to Government of Canada's Myanmar Crisis Match Fund final results
MISSISSAUGA, ON, Dec. 13, 2017 /CNW/ - World Vision applauds the commitment of Canadians in raising over $12.5 million to help refugees who have fled Myanmar for Bangladesh as well as the level of awareness raised by the Government of Canada's Myanmar Crisis Relief Fund program.
The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, announced the results of the Government of Canada's Myanmar Crisis Relief Fund today stating $12.5 million was raised by Canadians across the country. This amount will be matched by the Canadian government, bringing the total relief aid from this initiative to over $25 million.
World Vision's President and CEO, Michael Messenger says this is a big step in the right direction, "This crisis has escalated quickly, with a population nearly the size of Winnipeg's fleeing Myanmar in a matter of months. Donations matched by our government will make a real difference to these refugees who are living in conditions most of us couldn't imagine. Over half the refugees are children, and we're particularly concerned about the 36,000 separated and unaccompanied children in need of protection. These new funds will help World Vision continue to provide basic necessities like clean water, sanitation facilities and child-safe spaces."
World Vision is a 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.
SOURCE World Vision Canada
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