World Vision preparing to respond to Hurricane Dean in Haiti

    MISSISSAUGA, ON, Aug. 17 /CNW/ - World Vision has mobilized its relief
teams in Haiti in preparation for Hurricane Dean. Supplies of medicine, food,
shelter materials, clothing and equipment are pre-positioned for an early
response in case the hurricane hits any of the regions where World Vision
    Hurricane Dean, currently a category 2 hurricane, has already passed St.
Lucia and Martinique and is intensifying as it makes its way through the
Caribbean. Dean is expected to pick up strength, and may reach category 4
status before it hits Haiti.
    Yesterday, the government of Haiti launched the Alert Phase 1 in response
to the threat of high precipitation with possible flooding for the South
peninsula. All coastal traffic operations are suspended on the entire south
coastline from Friday 17 at night to Sunday night.
    "Children and families in many parts of Haiti don't have the resources to
recover after severe storm damage. Extreme poverty, and years of social and
political turmoil and environmental degradation makes these disasters even
harder on the children. It's vital that we are ready with aid," said Dave
Toycen, president and CEO of World Vision Canada.
    World Vision is accepting donations through our website or
through our 1-800-268-5528 number to help those affected by the hurricane.
Canadians sponsor more than 8,000 children in Haiti and we will monitor their
safety as the storm passes.

    World Vision is a Christian relief, development and advocacy organization
dedicated to working with children, families and communities to overcome
poverty and injustice. Motivated by our Christian faith, we serve all people
regardless of religion, race, gender or ethnicity. For more information,
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For further information: or to arrange interviews with World Vision
staff, please contact Yoko Kobayashi, (416) 677-0086 (cell), (905) 565-6200
ext. 2151,

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