UNICEF Canada's response to Canadian government match fund for Nepal earthquake response

TORONTO, April 27, 2015 /CNW/ - UNICEF Canada's President and CEO, David Morley, responds to the Government of Canada's announcement today of a matching funds for Nepal:

"We welcome this important initiative on the part of the Canadian government to help the people of Nepal at this critical time. We know with disasters of this magnitude that our ability to provide effective immediate and long-term support can mean the difference between life and death for children. We encourage Canadians to give their generous support to the relief efforts.

UNICEF has been working in Nepal for 50 years and has 200 staff in the country who are working around the clock to meet the immediate needs of children and families, while preparing for the long-term response needed to ensure all of Nepal's children have the opportunity to survive and thrive. These children will never forget this horrifying disaster, but with UNICEF's support, they will be able to move forward and rebuild their lives and communities."

To donate, please go to unicef.ca or call 1-877-955-3111

UNICEF has saved more children's lives than any other humanitarian organization. We work tirelessly to help children and their families, doing whatever it takes to ensure children survive. We provide children with healthcare and immunization, clean water, nutrition and food security, education, emergency relief and more.

UNICEF is supported entirely by voluntary donations and helps children regardless of race, religion or politics. As part of the UN, we are active in over 190 countries - more than any other organization. Our determination and our reach are unparalleled. Because nowhere is too far to go to help a child survive. For more information about UNICEF, please visit www.unicef.ca.


For further information: Tiffany Baggetta, UNICEF Canada, 416-482-6552 ext. 8892, 647-308-4806 (mobile), tbaggetta@unicef.ca


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