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World Vision thanks Government of Canada for Iraq humanitarian aid donation
Aid agency will use funds to support displaced children and families in northern Iraq
   
MISSISSAUGA, ON (September 8, 2014) – World Vision is welcoming the Government of Canada’s announcement that it is providing additional assistance for humanitarian relief efforts in northern Iraq. World Vision has received a grant of $1.5 million, which will be used to provide humanitarian aid to approximately 4,500 displaced people in northern Iraq.

Escalating violence in northern and central Iraq has caused devastation and the mass displacement of an estimated 1.8 million people since the beginning of the year. Many families who have fled the violence are living in empty houses, schools, clinics, mosques, church compounds and abandoned buildings, with living conditions deteriorating rapidly.

“The world has been shocked not only by the speed at which this crisis has unfolded over the past several months, but also the specific hardship being faced by minority groups. We’re particularly concerned about the well-being of children,” says Dave Toycen, President and CEO of World Vision Canada. “World Vision is determined to do everything it can to help the most vulnerable victims of this crisis.”

The funding that has been allocated  by the Government of Canada will be used to provide essential life-saving non-food items such as blankets, cooking supplies and hygiene kits to approximately 4,500 people who have fled their homes, often with nothing more than the clothing they were wearing. The agency will also provide cash vouchers to allow displaced Iraqis to purchase essential supplies locally, and help prepare for the upcoming winter months. 

“We’re extremely grateful for the Government of Canada’s contribution to World Vision’s efforts to help those in need in northern Iraq,” Toycen says. “Our assessment teams on the ground in the region tell us that the needs of displaced families, as well as the hosting communities, are growing more desperate with each passing day. These needs will only grow as the summer heat gives way to the chill of the winter months.”

World Vision is in northern Iraq preparing to provide aid and support to Iraqis and Syrians who have fled their homes in order to escape the conflict. In addition to the program that will be funded by the Government of Canada, the agency is also planning other initiatives to support Iraqis affected by the conflict, which will be implemented as circumstances permit.

For media inquiries, please contact:

Bob Neufeld – 647-622-2045 – robert_neufeld@worldvision.ca

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. Visit our News Centre at worldvision.ca
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