The Salvation Army is offering aid in Bangladesh after Flooding



    TORONTO, Aug. 8 /CNW/ - As fears of epidemic rise following lethal floods
in South Asia, The Salvation Army in Canada is sending $34,000 USD to
Bangladesh to assist in relief efforts. The Salvation Army in Bangladesh is
actively providing aid to 2,000 families (10,000 people) in the Sirajganj
District.
    "Food prices have gone up drastically in Bangladesh this year and are now
rising even more with the flood waters, especially the price of rice, oil and
lentils", reports Lt.-Colonel Ethne Flintoff, the Salvation Army commander in
Bangladesh. In a country with more than 140 million people, many living on
less than $1 US per day, the situation is grim.
    "The Salvation Army operates in 175 languages in 111 countries around the
world", says Commissioner William Francis, leader of the Salvation Army in
Canada. "Last year, the international Salvation Army provided relief to almost
12 million people globally. We are compelled to do what we can to help the
victims of the floods in Bangladesh."
    The Salvation Army began its work in Bangladesh as a relief operation
following a severe cyclone in 1970. Currently, services are offered in both
Bengali and English, and include 27 churches, 14 schools, 9 clinics, and 2
HIV/Aids Counseling Centres.
    Please support The Salvation Army's relief effort in Bangladesh.
Financial contributions can be made by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY (725-2769), by
visiting our website, www.SalvationArmy.ca, by mailing donations to The
Salvation Army Territorial Headquarters, Canada and Bermuda, 2 Overlea Blvd.,
Toronto, Ontario M4H 1P4, or dropping off financial donations at the closest
Salvation Army unit in your area. Donors should specify their gift to the
Bangladesh Flood Relief Fund.

    The Salvation Army is an international Christian organization that began
its work in Canada in 1882 and has grown to become the largest
non-governmental direct provider of social services in the country. The
Salvation Army gives hope and support to vulnerable people today and everyday
in 400 communities across Canada and 111 countries around the world. The
Salvation Army offers practical assistance for children and families, often
tending to the basic necessities of life, provides shelter for homeless people
and rehabilitation for people who have lost control of their lives to an
addiction.
    When you give to The Salvation Army, you are investing in the future of
marginalized and overlooked people in your community.

    News releases, articles and updated information can be found at
www.SalvationArmy.ca




For further information:

For further information: Andrew Burditt, Territorial Public Relations
Director, The Salvation Army, (416) 845-8231,
andrew_burditt@can.salvationarmy.org


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