Canadian Red Cross

Canadian Red Cross

February 23, 2009 11:54 ET

Canadian Red Cross: Celebrating a Tsunami Recovery Milestone

Canadian Red Cross and partners build back stronger communities

CALANG, INDONESIA--(Marketwire - Feb. 23, 2009) -

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Dignitaries from opposite ends of the earth, join hands today with villagers in the Indonesian village of Mata Ie to celebrate an important milestone.

Thanks to the generosity of Canadians, the Canadian Red Cross, in partnership with Canadian International Development Agency is handing over the last of the over 5,500 homes built for tsunami survivors in Indonesia.

"Canadians can be very proud of the quality of houses we have built in Indonesia," says Conrad Sauve, secretary general and CEO of the Canadian Red Cross. "These are not only structures that will withstand possible future disasters, but houses that beneficiaries can be proud to call home."

In addition to the construction of thousands of new homes, the Canadian Red Cross is supporting the development of sustainable communities by providing water and sanitation facilities, livelihoods assistance and implementing disaster preparedness initiatives.

Following completion of the largest reconstruction operation to date, the Canadian Red Cross will continue to work with communities for years to come, fostering continuing recovery and development in the region.

The Canadian Red Cross is a member of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, which includes the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the International Committee of the Red Cross and 186 national Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. Our mission is to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity in Canada and around the world.

Exhibit photos are available at the following address:

http://www.redcross.ca/article.asp?id=30747&tid=094

Contact Information

  • Christina Lopes
    613-740-1815