Canadian Relief Foundation

Canadian Relief Foundation

April 05, 2006 13:13 ET

New Schools to be Built-Canadian Relief Foundation Continues Earthquake Relief in Pakistan

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - April 5, 2006) - Three new earthquake-resistant elementary schools will be built over the next three months in the devastated region of Azad Kashmir. The Canadian Relief Foundation (CRF) will contract local builders to facilitate the project, funded through private and public donations.

"It is a real community project" said Tara Newell, Director of Field Operations for the CRF, who has secured donations from UNICEF for school supplies and teacher's aids. Local villages have donated land, the local government guarantees teachers and upkeep of the schools, and various other local non-governmental organizations will be supplying books for the students. CRF will be responsible for the construction of the facilities and the furniture.

The $45,000 USD project is slated to take approximately twelve weeks and is expected to be completed by July 2006.

Over 1,000 schools were completely destroyed in the region of Azad Kashmir as a result of the earthquake. Children have been studying without books or desks in the rubble of their old schools, and many children are simply not studying at all. So far, this issue remains to be broadly addressed.

"Bringing normalcy back into the lives of children will go a long way to support the healing process of this devastated region. Lots of work still needs to be done, but the support from public and private donations has been outstanding. A little money goes a long way here," says Newell, who has been managing projects in Kashmir since mid November 2005.

Over the past five months, CRF teams working in the region have treated over 18,500 earthquake patients through mobile medical teams, distributed over 10,000 high energy biscuits and 10,000 wool blankets to widows and orphans, 5,000 thermal quilts and 1,000 winterized tents donated by Mercy-USA were also distributed to needy families.

The CRF earthquake relief project, funded by Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and Michigan, USA-based Mercy-USA, has reached completion within the allocated time frame, with the majority of the 100 Canadian medical volunteers deployed from various regions across Canada back on Canadian soil. Continued relief efforts will be maintained by Newell, local volunteer agencies, government partners and other non-governmental organizations.

If you would like to make a donation to CRF to construct new schools, please visit www.canadianrelief.ca.

About the Canadian Relief Foundation

The Canadian Relief Foundation (CRF) is a non-profit, non-governmental, non-denominational charitable foundation registered in Toronto Ontario, Canada. Established in December 1999, the CRF has earned a reputation as an important partner agency of the United Nations. The CRF's mission is to influence positive changes to the lives of primarily women and children in developing countries, victims devastated by war, conflict and natural disaster, through projects designed to overcome poverty and promote security.



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