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Canadian Churches Receive Government Funding for Emergency Relief in China and Myanmar

August 20, 2008

By pwrdf

Canadian Churches in Action

On Thursday, August 14, the Government of Canada announced that Canada has matched nearly $30 million in private donations to assist victims of the earthquake that struck Sichuan, China in May, and over $11.6 million for people affected by Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar (Burma). These matching funds will be channeled to humanitarian organizations to directly help the people in greatest need.

Representatives from Canadian Churches in Action (CCA), of which PWRDF is a member, were on hand at the announcement made by The Honourable Beverley J. Oda, Minister of International Cooperation.

Through CCA, and with the leadership of the Mennonite Central Committee Canada, PWRDF is pleased to be part of two proposals approved for government support. As part of Minister Oda’s announcement, $1.6 million will go for victims of the earthquake in China and $300,000 for Myanmar cyclone relief.

“Thousands of Canadians have donated generously to help relieve the suffering of those affected by the earthquake in Sichuan Province, China, and by the cyclone that devastated Burma,” said Minister Oda. “The Government of Canada is proud to match, dollar for dollar, the donations of these Canadians so that the men, women and children affected by these terrible tragedies can receive the life-saving food, water, shelter and medical attention that they need. Canada’s assistance is delivering real results on the ground, where they are needed most.”

Canadian Churches in Action
Canadian Churches in Action (CCA) is a coalition of the development and relief agencies for Canadian churches working together with international partners to respond to disasters.

CCA Members include:
Canadian Baptist Ministries
Canadian Lutheran World Relief
Christian Reformed World Relief Committee
Emergency Relief & Development Overseas (Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada)
Mennonite Central Committee Canada
Nazarene Compassionate Ministries Canada
Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund (Anglican)
Presbyterian World Service & Development
United Church of Canada

Read the Government of Canada’s media release regarding funding for China and Myanmar.

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