MISSISSAUGA, ON, Aug. 18 /CNW/ - As the flood disaster gets worse for
children and families across Pakistan, donations to the response are
falling far short of the needs. A Canadian government commitment to
match private contributions is urgently needed to motivate Canadians to
get behind relief efforts, World Vision Canada said today.
"In our experience donations spike when the government announces it will
match donations. Every disaster has a fundraising window, and without
additional funds fast, illness, homelessness and inevitably more deaths
will continue to stalk Pakistani families," said Dave Toycen, president
& CEO, World Vision Canada.
To date, World Vision Canada has raised more than $400,000. The agency
has set a fundraising target of $1 million in Canada.
As many as 20 million people country-wide have been affected by the
floods, including 3.5 million children who are most at risk of
waterborne illnesses such as cholera. Monsoon rains continue, and it is
estimated that one-fifth of the country is underwater.
World Vision aims to reach approximately 300,000 people over the next
three months in Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa Province (KPK), Sindh and Punjab.
So far it has reached 21,000 people with food, water, and cooking
items, and is planning distributions of water purification tablets,
tents and hygiene kits.
World Vision is providing basic health care at five clinics in Lower
Dir, where more than 2,500 patients have been treated for flood-
World Vision is also working to set up 20 child-friendly spaces and 20
women-friendly spaces - safe and comfortable environments where
children and women can receive psychosocial support.
World Vision has been working in Pakistan since 1992, focusing on
emergency relief and response, child protection, HIV and AIDS
awareness, sustainable economic development, health and hygiene and
World Vision is a leading Christian relief, development and advocacy
organization dedicated to working with children, families and
communities to overcome poverty and injustice. Inspired by our Christian
values, we are dedicated to working with the world's most vulnerable
people. We serve all people regardless of religion, race, ethnicity or
SOURCE World Vision Canada
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