World Vision responds to Peru earthquake

    MISSISSAUGA, ON, Aug. 16 /CNW/ - World Vision will provide relief
supplies to children and families hardest hit by the powerful earthquake in
Peru, and it is also working with the Peruvian government to arrange an air
drop of much needed supplies such as medicine and blankets.
    An 8.0 earthquake hit the coast of Peru, killing more than 330 people and
injuring hundreds. World Vision is working to get relief supplies to the
affected zone via routes from the northern part of the affected area and is
also attempting to get them in from the southern routes. The supplies should
reach the earthquake-hit areas sometime this evening.
    "We are especially concerned for children who may be without shelter or
warm clothing in the winter weather," 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 earthquake.
Canadians sponsor 13,900 children in Peru and as of now, they are reported to
be safe.

    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,
please visit

For further information:

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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