CECI helps famine victims

MONTREAL, Aug. 19, 2011 /CNW Telbec/ - CECI launches a campaign to help famine victims in East Africa and asks for donations from the Canadian public.

CECI's emergency intervention aims to ensure as soon as possible:

  • Food security,
  • Immediate food and water supplies, and
  • Basic sanitary and hygiene conditions;

The aid is focused in the regions most affected of Kenya, mainly the Rift Valley and North Eastern provinces. Concretely, this represents a support to 30.000 families, or 190.000 people.

CECI is working in the field with a French NGO that has been present in the region for 15 years and is specialized in helping vulnerable populations in disaster situations, the Agency for Technical Cooperation and Development (ACTED).

The extended drought in 2011, consequence of the almost non-existent rainy season in 2010 and 2011, has spread to the whole Horn of Africa. The severe drought has had a very negative impact on food security and has created nutritional concerns in agricultural communities.  In Kenya, 3.7 million people are affected.

In light of this situation, CECI has implemented an integrated course of action, combining at the same time emergency response and fast rehabilitation of affected communities, so that they can quickly reclaim their livelihoods.

The situation is extremely serious.  We cannot stand idly by!

The CECI team urges its members, friends, partners and donors to give to URGENCE Kenya, to give us the means to act rapidly and efficiently. Donors can be assured that their contributions will be turned into concrete acts of solidarity. Give the victims hope; help them stay alive!

A donation to CECI is a donation that works: dons.ceci.ca

By mail:
CECI - Urgence Kenya  3000, Omer-Lavallée Street, Montreal (Quebec) H1Y 3R8
Please make out the cheque to CECI Urgence Kenya
By phone:
1-877-875-2324 or 514-875-9911, Ext. 283

CECI is a Canadian NGO in international cooperation and development that has been working for 52 years to fight poverty and exclusion among the most marginalized groups in Africa, Asia and the Americas. The CECI has been intervening in humanitarian emergencies for 15 years. Since January 12, 2010, CECI has been leading humanitarian activities in Haiti and is currently running programs in 19 countries around the world. CECI has also led operations in Burma after Cyclone Nargis, in Nepal following major flooding, in Vietnam and the Philippines after Typhoon Ketsana, and in Guatemala and El Salvador following heavy rainfall in fall 2009. CECI is currently active in fighting hunger in Niger



For further information:

Person available for an interview - French / English - on request

France-Isabelle Langlois
Communication Coordinator - Development
514-774-7527 (cell)

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