STOUFFVILLE, ON, Aug. 24 /CNW/ - Donations for flood aid in Pakistan
through cbm Canada will be matched dollar for dollar by the
federal government until September 12.
The federal government announced Sunday that it will match private
donations to Canadian registered charities for Pakistan flood aid (made
between August 2 and September 12), with no upper limit according to
Government House leader John Baird.
The new fund is above the $33 million that the government has already
pledged to Pakistan for the natural disaster.
Since the crisis began, cbm Canada has been providing life-saving
assistance through its trusted partner on the ground to victims of the
worst flooding to hit Pakistan in 80 years.
"Whenever there is an emergency, the specific needs of people with
disabilities are overlooked," says Ed Epp, Executive Director of cbm
"cbm is working with its local partners to save lives by
providing food, shelter and medical services to those in need in some of
the hardest hit regions."
cbm is committed to Pakistan
For the past 30 years, cbm has been working in Pakistan.
Extensive health and medical networks have been giving health care, eye
care and education services to people struggling to survive the cycle of
poverty and disability.
Now, and as the flood waters recede, cbm is focusing its efforts
on helping people with disabilities and people most at risk of being
disabled as a result of this disaster.
"Through the generosity of Canadian donors, cbm is restoring
health to communities, preventing disabilities and rebuilding lives in
the days and months to come," says Epp.
Torrential monsoons triggered the flooding in northwest Pakistan in late
July, leaving an estimated four million homeless, and affecting up to 20
million people. The official death toll is over 1,500.
Millions of homes and precious farmland have been destroyed by the
flooding. The long-term impact will be felt for years to come.
cbm Canada is a leading Christian international development
organization with a focus on helping people trapped in the cycle of
poverty and disability in the poorest countries of the world regardless
of race, religion, age or gender.
cbm has over 100 years of experience and expertise in giving
medical care, rehabilitation and advocating on behalf of the poorest of
Every year, cbm brings hope and transform the lives of more than
23 million people. www.cbmcanada.org
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