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Manitoba Reaches Out to Pakistan

Released on August 31st 2010

As appeals for relief continue, funds from Manitoba are providing food, shelter, health care and support to those most affected by the recent floods in Pakistan. Thanks to a generous commitment of relief from the provincial government, Manitobans and Manitoba organizations are on the ground saving lives and livelihoods.

Earlier this month, the Government of Manitoba announced it would be providing $200,000 for relief and rehabilitation in Pakistan. These funds were presented to the Manitoba Council for International Cooperation (MCIC) for distribution among its member organizations involved in operations in Pakistan.

“As it has in the past, the Manitoba Government has shown its commitment to those beyond our borders by springing into action and pledging relief right after the disaster struck,” said Janice Hamilton, Executive Director of MCIC.

The $200,000 in funds has been distributed to a four of MCIC’s members including Plan International Canada ($50,000), Save the Children Canada ($50,000), Hope International Development Agency ($50,000) and Canadian Churches in Action ($50,000) (which includes Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund, Canadian Lutheran World Relief, Christian Reformed World Relief Committee, Mennonite Central Committee and the United Church of Canada). These organizations, as well as some other MCIC members, are still actively seeking donations from Manitobans. Many accept donations online.

The provincial pledge for Pakistan marks the third time this year that Manitoba has provided relief funds for natural disasters. Earlier in the year, the Government of Manitoba provided $200,000 for Haiti relief and $100,000 for relief in Chile. In late 2009, $100,000 was also provided for disaster relief in the Philippines.

For more information or interviews, please contact:

Janice Hamilton

MCIC Executive Director

Phone: (204) 987-6420

Cell: (204) 795-2914