CANADIAN INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT AGENCY - CIDA

CANADIAN INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT AGENCY - CIDA

March 30, 2005 14:19 ET

CIDA: Canada Helps Guyana Rebuild


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MARCH 30, 2005 - 14:19 ET

CIDA: Canada Helps Guyana Rebuild

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - March 30, 2005) - The Honourable Jim
Karygiannis, Member of Parliament for Scarborough-Agincourt and
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Transport, on behalf of The
Honourable Aileen Carroll, Minister of International Cooperation,
announced today that Canada will provide over $2.7 million to carry out
short-term recovery activities in response to the recent flooding in
Guyana. The funds will be provided by the Canadian International
Development Agency (CIDA).

"Canada is concerned about the people of Guyana and is committed to
helping them rebuild their lives," said Mr. Karygiannis. "This Canadian
contribution will help organisations perform the activities involved in
the urgently required recovery of Guyana."

The initiatives include:



- $1.87 million to the Drainage and Irrigation Board of the
Government of Guyana to restore drainage and irrigation systems,
to strengthen the East Coast Demerara dam, to restore outlets and
pumps in the seawall, and to ensure the infrastructure system will
be able to sustain the upcoming rainy season;

- $362,000 to the United Nations Development Programme to monitor
and surpervise this urgent work, ensuring financial and technical
accountability; and,

- $500,000 to the CHF Partners in Rural Development to provide
assistance to small-scale poultry producers to re-start their
production, to improve nutritional standards in flood affected
homes through the re-establishment of household vegetable gardens,
and to help prevent the spread of communicable diseases.


In addition to today's announcement, CIDA has provided $370,000 to help
with Guyana's emergency and reconstruction needs; $170,000 provided
through the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives; $100,000 channelled
through the Canadian Red Cross for the International Federation of the
Red Cross; and, $100,000 provided to UNICEF.

Funding for these initiatives was provided for in the February 2005
budget and is therefore part of the existing fiscal framework.

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Contact Information

  • FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:
    Office of the Minister of International Cooperation
    France Bureau
    Press Secretary
    (819) 953-6238
    or
    Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)
    Media Relations Office
    (819) 953-6534
    Email: info@acdi-cida.gc.ca
    Internet: www.cida.gc.ca (electronic version of document)