cbm Canada (Christian Blind Mission)

cbm Canada (Christian Blind Mission)

July 27, 2011 14:36 ET

cbm Canada Saving Children's Lives in Horn of Africa

STOUFFVILLE, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 27, 2011) - cbm Canada is committed to saving the lives of vulnerable children in the Horn of Africa; those who are not only struggling to survive the famine but who are also affected by disability.

All donations to cbm Canada will be matched by Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) for the Horn of Africa food crisis.

Canadians can help the desperate people in the Horn of Africa by calling 1-800-567-2264 or visiting www.cbmcanada.org/africafamine.

"Malnutrition is killing children and leaving malnourished children with life-long disabilities such as blindness, motor impairments, and intellectual disabilities," says Ed Epp, cbm Canada's Executive Director.

According to UNICEF, more than two million children in the Horn of Africa are malnourished – half a million of whom are in a life-threatening condition.

cbm is teaming up with other mainstream relief organizations such as the Kenya Red Cross to ensure people with disabilities in the Horn of Africa have access to food, clean water, disability services and technical support.

"People with disabilities are the first to be forgotten and last in line to receive food and water," says Epp. "With nearly 11 million people in dire need of humanitarian assistance, at least 15% will be living with a disability."

To save lives and prevent disability now – and for the months to come, cbm has created a 3-step Action plan:

  • Phase 1: saving lives by providing nutrient-enriched food to the most vulnerable children – children who are affected by disabilities (as well as their families);
  • Phase 2: preventing disabilities and care for children who are disabled as a result of malnutrition;
  • Phase 3: re-building lives through distribution of seeds, tools, and other income generation activities

cbm is able to work in disaster zones because of trusted partners already on the ground who live and work there; who know the local language, culture and resources.

Along with our partners, cbm will remain committed to saving lives and providing long-term support to vulnerable people living in the Horn of Africa.

cbm Canada (formerly known as Christian Blind Mission) is a non-profit international Christian development organization, committed to improving the quality of life of persons with disabilities in the poorest countries of the world.

cbm is active in over 700 projects in 89 countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East, and currently serves 25 million people.

Contact Information

  • For media interviews, contact:
    cbm Canada
    Sandy Hazell
    National Media Coordinator
    1-800-567-2264 ext 246 or Cell: 416-302-3166
    shazell@cbmcanada.org