September 14, 2007 15:25 ET

UNICEF Sends Supplies to Earthquake Stricken Families

UNICEF Continues to Monitor Indonesian Earthquake Situation

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 14, 2007) - UNICEF is on the ground in Indonesia, delivering critical emergency supplies to families affected by this week's deadly earthquakes and is monitoring all new developments.

Today, UNICEF sent emergency supplies to help victims of the earthquake in Bengkulu. Emergency supplies include family and school tents, hygiene kits, water bladders, water containers, mosquito nets, cooking utensils and water purification liquid. The supplies will benefit approximately 3,600 people in the two worst affected districts of Bengkulu Utara and Muko Muko along the western coast of the island of Sumatra.

On the ground in Indonesia for more than 50 years, UNICEF operates 12 field offices in the country. With established supply networks and ongoing partnerships with local governments, agencies and communities, UNICEF supports programmes in 15 of Indonesia's 33 provinces, reaching over 20 millions Indonesians.

At this time, UNICEF does not require and is not accepting additional funds for this emergency. However, donations to support UNICEF's ongoing emergency response capacity can be made to UNICEF's General Emergency Fund on-line at www.unicef.ca, by phone at 1-800-567-4483, or by mail at UNICEF Canada, 2200 Yonge St., Suite 1100, Toronto, ON, M4S 2C6. Cheques should be made payable to UNICEF Canada - General Emergency Fund.


UNICEF is the world's leader for children, working in 156 countries and territories to save, protect and enhance the lives of girls and boys. UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, promotes quality basic education, protects children from violence, exploitation and AIDS, and is the world's largest provider of vaccines for developing nations. A global leader in emergencies with six decades of on-the-ground experience, UNICEF saves and rebuilds children's lives in natural disasters and conflict. UNICEF is funded entirely by voluntary contributions from individuals, businesses, foundations, schools, associations and governments.

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