cbm responds to the Humanitarian crisis in Kenya

    TORONTO, Jan. 11 /CNW/ - cbm through its staff and Regional Office in
Nairobi is providing emergency assistance to the humanitarian crisis in Kenya.
    It is estimated that around 500,000 people have lost their homes, due to
the widespread violence following the disputed election.
    Dave McComiskey, Executive Director of cbm Canada, announced, "There is
an urgent need of food, shelter and health services, and cbm will provide
immediate financial assistance through our partners to help people in the
    McComiskey continued, "Experience tells us the longer the crisis
continues, the greater the long term consequences to people's livelihood.
People with disability are often those who suffer the most as they are unable
to flee from danger, find food when it is in short supply, and they suffer
greatly from the longer term economic repercussions of civil unrest."
    Therefore following the immediate emergency response cbm will provide
extra long term support to our partners to assist people who are blind, deaf
or physically impaired and their families, who are at risk of hunger and
illness, in order to restore health and livelihood.
    cbm supports over 34 partner projects in Kenya and urgently needs your
help to reach those who are too challenged to fend for themselves.
    cbm has been working in Kenya for over 30 years and is a credible force
helping the most vulnerable in society through long term partners and staff on
the ground, enabling cbm to provide assistance to over 18 million people
worldwide. "It's staggering that half a billion people are still living in
dire poverty caused in large part due to their disability," said McComiskey.
    cbm is asking Canadians to help the people of Kenya suffering with
disabilities as a result of this crisis by phoning Toll-free: 1-800-567-2264
or (905) 640-6464, online donations at www.cbmicanada.org

    /NOTE TO PHOTO EDITORS: A photo accompanying this release is available on
    the CNW Photo Network and archived at http://photos.newswire.ca.
    Additional archived images are also available on the CNW Photo Archive
    website at http://photos.newswire.ca. Images are free to accredited
    members of the media/

For further information:

For further information: Lindsay O'Connor, cbm National Media & Public
Relations Manager, (905) 640-6464 ext 289, loconnor@cbmicanada.org

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