CANADIAN INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT AGENCY - CIDA

CANADIAN INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT AGENCY - CIDA

August 14, 2008 11:09 ET

Government of Canada Helps Victims of China Earthquake and Burma Cyclone

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 14, 2008) - The Honourable Beverley J. Oda, Minister of International Cooperation, announced today that Canada has matched nearly $30 million in private donations to assist victims of the earthquake that struck Sichuan, China in May, and over $11.6 million for people affected by Cyclone Nargis in Burma. These matching funds will be channeled to humanitarian organizations to directly help the people in greatest need.

"Thousands of Canadians have donated generously to help relieve the suffering of those affected by the earthquake in Sichuan Province, China, and by the cyclone that devastated Burma," said Minister Oda. "The Government of Canada is proud to match, dollar for dollar, the donations of these Canadians so that the men, women and children affected by these terrible tragedies can receive the life-saving food, water, shelter and medical attention that they need. Canada's assistance is delivering real results on the ground, where they are needed most."

The Sichuan earthquake in May killed nearly 70,000 people, while 18,000 are still missing. Canadians responded by donating nearly $30 million to several non-profit organizations, including Chinese-Canadian organizations.

"We extend a heartfelt thanks to the Canadian Government for matching individual donations for from Canadians who responded generously to the numerous fundraising events organized by local committees and charities across Canada," stated Victor Wong, Executive Director of the Chinese Canadian National Council.

"When the earthquake struck Sichuan," said Dr. Longhuan Kim, the co-Chairman of the National Congress of Chinese Canadians, "the response by Chinese Canadians was almost overwhelming. We quickly set in place a special fund, donations poured in, and this allowed us to get assistance to the victims quickly. The matching fund added an additional incentive for people to donate."

Through the Sichuan Earthquake Relief Fund, the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) is contributing to 10 projects that deliver timely and effective humanitarian assistance in China.

"We would like to thank the Government of Canada for their generous contribution to the Red Cross earthquake response in China," said Conrad Sauve, Secretary General of the Canadian Red Cross. "Thanks to the generosity of Canadians, the Red Cross has been able to reach over one million survivors with urgently needed relief supplies."

The Burma cyclone in May left nearly 140,000 dead or missing. The humanitarian response by Canadians was immediate, and several organizations raised funds to help the people of Burma.

"We are very pleased with Canada's quick response to the cyclone victims in Burma," said Tin Maung Htoo, Executive Director of Canadian Friends of Burma.

CIDA has ensured that all humanitarian assistance will reach only the people of Burma, and not the Government of Burma. Through the Burma Cyclone Relief Fund, CIDA is contributing to 10 projects to help those recovering from Cyclone Nargis.



Backgrounder

Sichuan Earthquake and Burma Cyclone
Relief Funds


Sichuan Earthquake Relief Fund

On May 15, 2008, Minister Oda announced that the Government of Canada would match dollar for dollar the contributions of individual Canadians to eligible Canadian charitable organizations in support of relief efforts for the earthquake in Sichuan Province, China. As a result of this commitment, The Government of Canada will contribute $29,943,477 to the Sichuan Earthquake Relief Fund. The Canadian International Development Agency will allocate these funds to established Canadian and international humanitarian organizations who are undertaking relief efforts in China.

Burma Cyclone Relief Fund

On May 15, 2008, Minister Oda also announced that the Government of Canada would match dollar for dollar the contributions of individual Canadians to eligible Canadian charitable organizations in support of relief efforts in Burma. In wake of the devastation caused by Cyclone Nargis the Government of Canada will contribute $11,622,015 to the Burma Cyclone Relief Fund. The Canadian International Development Agency will allocate these funds to established Canadian and international humanitarian organizations who are undertaking relief efforts in Burma.



Sichuan Earthquake Relief Fund
12 August 2008


Canada has now committed over $31 million for relief efforts to help the people of China affected by the 12 May Sichuan Earthquake. This includes Canada's initial commitment of $1 million made on May 16th to the International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC) and the subsequent in-kind contribution of 700 tents announced June 2nd (valued at $360,813.87). The additional $29,943,477 commitment from the Sichuan Earthquake Relief Fund is reflected below. Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) also contributed $3 million as part of a collaborative $8 million project between the Government of Canada and the Government of British Columbia. B.C. The project helps provide temporary and permanent wood-frame buildings to help survivors of the earthquake in China.

Canada's new contributions can be broken down as follows:

The Red Cross $16,365,091;

(Bringing CIDA's total to the Red Cross to $17,365,091)

Canada's first response to the Sichuan Earthquake crisis was a contribution of $1 million to the the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) to help provide emergency shelter, medical services and relief teams, as well as water and sanitation services. Canada is now committing an additional $16,365,091 through the Canadian Red Cross, which will allow the IFRC to support the Red Cross Society of China to assist approximately100,000 families (up to 500,000 people) affected by the earthquake. The IFRC working with the Red Cross Society of China will assist in addressing the immediate needs of: shelter, water and sanitation, quilts, kitchen sets, medical services including disease control and psychological support.

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) $4 million

Canada's contribution of $4 million to UNICEF supports water, sanitation and hygiene; health, nutrition and social protection activities (such as child-friendly spaces) for 100,000 people, including vulnerable groups and children. The project will improve or maintain health, water, sanitation and hygiene, and improve the physical security of 100,000 people in camps and scattered settlements.

World Vision Canada, $3 million

Canada's commitment of $3 million will help World Vision Canada provide emergency relief items and residential tents to 1,500 families, and tents for temporary classrooms benefiting 10,000 school-aged children in two divisions of Guangyuan City, Sichuan Province. With this contribution the physical security for 4,500 earthquake-affected people will be improved.

United Nations Development Program (UNDP) $2 million

Canada's contribution of $2 million to UNDP supports local economic and social recovery by providing people with resources to help them recover from the losses inflicted by the earthquake, specifically, livelihoods and shelter activities. For example, over 12,000 households will directly benefit from the provision of materials and tools to address immediate shelter needs.

Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) $1,619,000

Canada's contribution of $1,619,000 to MCC will provide emergency relief to 20,000 families rendered homeless and severely affected by the earthquake. In selected target areas, the project will enable survivors to return to a normal life as quickly as possible. For example, the project will address emergency health needs for 2,000 families and improve access to water in 12 villages.

World Health Organization (WHO) $1 million.

Canada's contribution of $1 million to the WHO will support water, sanitation, hygiene, health, nutrition and protection activities. Examples of key results include: improved sanitation and hygiene conditions and increased access to water of 100,000 beneficiaries in camps and scattered settlements; surveillance, prevention and control of communicable diseases; improved access to reproductive health services and healthcare of patients in affected areas; and, the establishment of 30 child-friendly spaces and community-safe areas.

Plan Canada $750,000

CIDA's contribution of $750,000 to Plan Canada will provide improved water and sanitation and increased access to health services and trauma counselling for 2,000 children and their communities. CIDA's contribution will reduce the short-term impact of the earthquake through the provision of emergency assistance to children and other vulnerable groups with an emphasis on primary health care, water and sanitation and protection.

Save the Children Canada (SCC) $651,184

CIDA's contribution of $651,184 to SCC will result in increased access to education and psychological support for over 200,000 children. The project will provide temporary learning spaces including classrooms and essential school equipment, child-friendly spaces and pre-schools in Mianyang, Deyang and Chengdu Prefectures.

GlobalMedic $341,600

CIDA's contribution of $341,600 to GlobalMedic will provide 50,000 people per day with clean drinking water over a period of 2 months. The project will reduce the short-term impact of the earthquake through the provision of emergency assistance to children and other vulnerable groups. The water and sanitation needs of earthquake-affected populations will be addressed by deploying water purification systems and Aquatabs.

Adventist Development and Relief Agency Canada (ADRA) $225,602

CIDA's contribution of $225,000 to ADRA will result in the improved or maintained health of 400 displaced pregnant women and 300 newborns. The project will provide prenatal and post partum check ups for women and their newborn babies in 35 villages in Tibetan and Qiang autonomous areas of Sichuan, until local hospitals are able to resume provision of maternal child health care services.



Burma Cyclone Relief Fund
12 August 2008


Canada has now committed over $25 million for relief efforts to help the people of Burma affected by Cyclone Nargis. This includes Canada's initial $2 million commitment made on May 5th, which included the delivery of 2,000 emergency shelter kits via a Canadian Forces aircraft, $8 million in response to the UN Flash appeal and $3.8 million to Canadian NGOs. CIDA is contributing $11,622.015 as part of the Burma Cyclone Relief Fund. Of this amount, $1,450,000 has been allocated for the costs of airlifting helicopters for the World Food Programme, as was previously announced. The latest commitments of $10,172,015 are reflected below.

Canada's new contributions can be broken down as follows:

World Food Programme (WFP) $2,000,000

(Bringing CIDA's total to WFP to $6.7million)

Canada's contribution of $6.7 million will help the WFP provide emergency food aid to 630,000 people severely affected by the cyclone. WFP will also provide logistical support to humanitarian partners to gain access to isolated communities.

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) $1,197,145

(Bringing CIDA's total to UNICEF to $3,697,145)

Canada's contribution of $3.7 million to UNICEF will help provide a supply of safe water and prevent waterborne diseases in cyclone-affected populations. UNICEF will also provide shelter, household items, vaccines and essential drugs to those most affected by cyclone Nargis. Finally, UNICEF will focus on establishing safe environments for Children and women.

Save the Children Canada $2 million

(Bringing CIDA's total to Save the Children Canada to 2,567,550)

Canada's support, totalling $2,567,550, will help Save the Children Canada provide services to 157,000 people, including 70,500 children in the Ayeyarwaddy area of Burma. Save the Children will deploy approximately 200 health care professionals to deliver stationary and boat-based medical services to remote communities in the Ayeyarwaddy Division of Burma. More than 250 health outreach workers will be deployed for health monitoring, community protection, nutrition and hygiene promotion. 20 child-friendly spaces will be created providing psychosocial support, physical and health protection to vulnerable children. To address malnutrition of infant and young children, 360 peer educators, 22 counsellors and medical professionals will provide therapeutic feeding, counselling and education.

International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC) $2 million

(Bringing CIDA's total to IFRC to $2.5 million)

Canada's first response to the Burma crisis was a contribution of $500,000 to the IFRC to help support monitoring and coordination efforts. Our contribution has now been increased to a total of $2,500,000. The project will support the IFRC and the efforts of the National Society to provide emergency health care, psychosocial support, safe water and sanitation, essential non-food items and emergency shelter to 500,000 victims affected by Cyclone Nargis. The project will also continue ongoing community needs assessments, beneficiary registration, monitoring and coordination efforts.

World Vision Canada $1.3 million

(Bringing CIDA's total to World Vision Canada to $2.3 million)

Canada's support, totaling $2.3 million, will help World Vision Canada construct temporary shelters and provide water and sanitation services (water containers, water purification, latrines and hygiene promotion activities) to 16,500 families (82,500 individuals). The World Vision relief effort aims to improve and maintain the health and physical security of these affected individuals.

Centre d'etude et de cooperation internationale (CECI)- $783,820

Canada's Support of $783,820 to CECI will provide shelter, non-food items, and health, hygiene, water and sanitation interventions. Examples of project activities include: providing and distributing clean water and storage containers, latrine construction, operating 2 health posts and one medical mobile team, rehabilitating 5 rural sub-health centres, as well as procuring and distributing non-food items.

Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) $200,000

(Bringing CIDA's total to MSF to $700,000)

Canada's support, totalling $700,000, will help MSF provide 250,000 cyclone-affected individuals with increased access to safe water and basic sanitary facilities. Activities include the construction of latrines, distribution of soap and hygiene products, water treatment, and the physical protection of sources and wells. This project will also improve living conditions and reduce exposure of 20,000-targeted families through the distribution of plastic sheeting and other essential non-food items. Emergency medical care is another critical need, thus the project will establish mobile and fixed clinics to address basic health needs.

Adventist Development & Relief Agency (ADRA) $100,000

(Bringing CIDA's total to ADRA to $600,000)

Canada's support, totalling $600,000, will help ADRA to improved sanitation for people displaced by cyclone Nargis. Specific interventions supported by Canada's contribution include the construction of 1,550 latrines, 357 washing areas, 357 solid waste disposal areas, and the distribution of over 7,000 hygiene kits.

Mennonite Central Committee MCC (lead agency for Canadian Churches in Action) $300,000

Canada's support of $300,000 will provide improved access to safe water for 1,250,000 people in cyclone-affected communities from 5,000 clean water distribution points. Examples of project activities include: establishing water distribution points, providing WaterBaskets, pumps and water treatment chemicals, as well as distributing chlorination tablets and oral rehydration salts.

International Development and Relief Foundation (IDRF) - $291,050

Canada's support of $291,050 to IDRF will meet the basic needs of over 63,000 people in 12 affected townships. Project activities will focus on providing medical assistance, shelter, sanitation and non-food items, as well as monitoring and coordination.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of International Cooperation
    Joanna Bailey
    Press Secretary
    819-953-6238
    or
    Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)
    Media Relations Office
    819-953-6534
    media@acdi-cida.gc.ca