Canadian aid agencies launch airlift of supplies to Nepal earthquake survivors
TORONTO, ON (May 8, 2015) – Three of Canada’s largest humanitarian aid agencies, CARE Canada, Save the Children Canada and World Vision, today launched a major airlift of Government of Canada supplies to the earthquake-stricken nation of Nepal. The quake that struck Nepal on April 25th left more than 8,400 people dead and thousands of others are injured. Aid efforts are now starting to reach many remote communities, but challenges remain due to blocked roads and severe damage to the country’s limited infrastructure.
The supplies are being provided from the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development’s (DFATD) emergency stockpile of relief supplies based in Mississauga and managed by the Canadian Red Cross. They will begin leaving today from Toronto’s Pearson International Airport and are expected to arrive in Nepal in the coming days, subject to obtaining permission from local authorities. The shipments include shelter kits, mosquito nets, blankets, tarpaulins and buckets, all of which are desperately needed by children and their families in Nepal, many of whom lost everything in the aftermath of the earthquake.
“As a Canadian and head of a Canadian agency, I am proud that Canada continues to help the people of Nepal with appropriate and critical relief items,” says Gillian Barth, president and CEO of CARE Canada. “CARE’s team in Nepal is seeing the devastation and suffering survivors are facing. The support of the Government of Canada and Canadian public from coast-to-coast will allow us to reach more vulnerable families and assist them through this extremely difficult time.”
“Children are the most vulnerable in this situation and urgently need shelter, food, water and other essential items. Save the Children has been working in Nepal for nearly 40 years and are well placed to respond both to immediate needs and in the long term,” says Patricia Erb, President and CEO, Save the Children Canada. “We are drawing on our resources from Canada and around the world to help the people in Nepal, but there is still a tremendous amount of work to be done. Together, we must commit to helping the people of Nepal.”
“I’ve just returned from Nepal, and it’s clear to me that it will take years for the country and its people to recover from the impact of this deadly earthquake,” says World Vision Canada’s incoming president and CEO Michael Messenger. “Even though this disaster will soon be just a memory for those of us in Canada, hundreds of thousands of Nepalese people will continue to struggle to find food and shelter while trying to care for their children. The time for action is now, and we must take it.”
- The earthquake that struck Nepal on April 25, 2015 measured 7.8 on the Richter scale. In addition to killing and injuring thousands of people, the quake also destroyed or severely damaged more than 450,000 homes throughout the country.
- CARE Canada, Save the Children Canada and World Vision have all launched fundraising efforts to provide help for survivors of the Nepal earthquake and are encouraging Canadians to give generously.
- The Government of Canada is matching all donations for Nepal earthquake relief made to registered charities until May 25, 2015. For every eligible dollar donation, the government will set aside one dollar for the Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund. The Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund will be managed separately from the funds raised by registered charities. This means that a charity declaring the amount of eligible donations raised does not receive a matching dollar from the Government of Canada.
- The contribution of these supplies is in addition to funding already provided by the Government of Canada to all three agencies for their emergency response in Nepal: CARE Canada ($600,000), Save the Children Canada ($600,000) and World Vision Canada ($450,000)
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For interviews regarding details of this airlift, media should contact the following:
Communications Specialist, CARE Canada
Phone (613) 790-2134
National Senior Manager, Save the Children Canada
Phone: (647) 631-3862
Manager, Emergency Response Communications, World Vision Canada
Phone: (647) 622-2045
CARE Canada and Save the Children Canada are proud members of the Humanitarian Coalition. World Vision is a Christian relief, development and advocacy organization dedicated to working with children, families and communities to overcome poverty and injustice. World Vision serves all people regardless of religion, race, ethnicity or gender.