CANADIAN INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT AGENCY - CIDA

CANADIAN INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT AGENCY - CIDA

October 18, 2005 11:50 ET

Canada Announces Further Earthquake Relief Initiatives

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 18, 2005) - International Cooperation Minister Aileen Carroll and Foreign Affairs Minister Pierre Pettigrew today announced details of close to $2 million for humanitarian assistance and relief efforts in the areas affected by the earthquake in South Asia. Of this amount, more than $800,000 will go to Canadian non-governmental organizations for earthquake relief initiatives under the South Asia Earthquake Matching Fund and $1 million will respond to an appeal launched by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). This funding is within the $20 million the Government of Canada earmarked on October 10, 2005, in response to the earthquake.

"Relief initiatives are currently underway in the region, providing needed assistance to earthquake victims," said Minister Carroll. "Canada continues to respond to international appeals and the South Asia Earthquake Matching Fund is an effective way to work with key NGOs on the ground in delivering humanitarian relief."

"Canada's response has been timely, effective and focused," said Foreign Affairs Minister Pierre Pettigrew. "We are strongly committed to ensuring an effective and coordinated international response, and are supporting agencies that are helping to alleviate the suffering of those affected by this terrible crisis."



The funding announced today will be provided by the Canadian
International Development Agency and will be allocated as follows:

- $1 million to the ICRC for shelter, clothing and other assistance
to some 15,000 households in India and 30,000 in Pakistan. The ICRC
is also establishing a field hospital near Muzzaffarabad and will
airlift medical supplies into the affected areas following further
assessments of needs;

- $420,000 to the Aga Khan Foundation Canada (AKFC) for emergency
kits including drinking water, winter blankets and candles in
Pakistan. AKFC will also provide temporary shelter and emergency
medical services to approximately 2000 families in the region. In
addition, part of the funds will be used to fuel helicopters;

- $400,000 to Save the Children Canada (SCC) to meet the immediate
shelter and clothing needs of approximately 850 families in the
Kohistan, Batagram and Mansehra districts of North West Frontier
Province, Pakistan. Within the first three days of the earthquake,
SCC distributed 750 tents and 1,000 family food packs to affected
families in NWFP province.


Under the South Asia Earthquake Matching Fund, the Government of Canada will match all monetary donations by individual Canadians to participating Canadian charitable organizations between October 8 and October 26, 2005. To be eligible for matching, the donations to these charities must be specifically earmarked for South Asia earthquake response. The matched funds will be placed in a pool, and Canadian NGOs can submit proposals for relief and reconstruction to this pool.

Funding for this initiative was provided for in the February 2005 Federal Budget and is therefore built into the existing fiscal framework.


BACKGROUNDER

CANADA'S RESPONSE TO THE SOUTH ASIAN EARTHQUAKE

On October 8, 2005, a major earthquake struck Pakistan. Following an initial assessment of what was needed, Canada committed $20 million to relief efforts. To encourage charitable giving, Canada will match-dollar-for-dollar-all donations by individual Canadians to registered charitable organizations for relief, rehabilitation, and reconstruction in the region. Prime Minister Martin also announced the deployment of Canada's Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) in the earthquake-affected area of Pakistan. This decision followed a request by the Government of Pakistan for Canada and other donors to assess options to support relief and recovery.

Overall Canadian Response:

To date, Canada, through the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), has provided:



Preliminary Response:

- $100,000 to the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red
Crescent Societies for needs assessment;
- $200,000 to the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives - Pakistan.

$20 million announcement:
- $5 million to the UNHAS/WFP to deploy two helicopters over three
months;
- $2 million to the UNICEF for health/nutrition, water and
sanitation, child protection, education, coordination, and support
services;
- $1.75 million to the World Health Organization for assessment,
disease surveillance, essential vacines, medical teams,
psychosocial support, reestalishment of primary and secondary level
health care services and health (obtsetric, medical and surgical)
supplies, deployment of prepostioned drugs and supply kits, drugs
and equipment);
- $1 million to the International Organization for Migration for
shelter, medical evacuations, transportation/logistics support;
- $1 million to the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red
Crescent Societies;
- $1 million to the International Committee of the Red Cross for
shelter, food and clothes assistance to cover the needs of 15,000
households in India and 30,000 in Pakistan;
- $700,000 to the World Food Programme for helicopter fuel and other
logistical support;
- $400,000 for in-kind donations, including 12 000 blankets and
airlift;
- $250,000 to the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
to ensure coordination of international response.

Of the $20 million earmarked, $5 million will go toward the South
Asian Earthquake Matching Fund. To date, CIDA has announced the
following funding:

- $500,000 to World Vision;
- $500,000 to CARE Canada;
- $420,000 to the Aga Khan Foundation Canada;
- $400,000 to Save the Children Canada;


Under this program, CIDA has created a South Asia Earthquake Matching Fund equivalent to the monetary donations made by individual Canadians to participating registered Canadian charitable organizations between October 8 and October 26, 2005. To be eligible for matching, the donations to these charities must be specifically earmarked for South Asia earthquake response.

The funds generated by matching will be made available to support qualifying relief, rehabilitation and reconstruction proposals submitted to CIDA by Canadian non-governmental organizations.

The matching system will allow the Government of Canada, in conjunction with authorities in the affected area, to target our assistance most effectively and ensure both the best use of public funds and the most positive impact in the earthquake-stricken region.

Disaster Assistance Response Team:

On October 14, 2005, the Government of Canada announced the deployment of the Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) in the earthquake-affected area of Pakistan to support existing medical infrastructure by augmenting medical staff and providing potable water.


Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of International Cooperation
    Andrew Graham
    Director of communications
    (819) 953-6238
    or
    Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)
    Media Relations Office
    (819) 953-6534
    info@acdi-cida.gc.ca
    http://www.cida.gc.ca (electronic version of document)
    or
    Office of the Minister of Foreign Affairs
    Sebastien Theberge
    Director of Communications
    (613) 995-1851
    or
    Foreign Affairs Canada
    Media Relations Office
    (613) 995-1874
    http://www.international.gc.ca