News & Events
Aug 11, 2017
Thank you from Development and Peace
Article and photo source: www.devp.org
Development and Peace – Caritas Canada would like to express its profound gratitude to Canadians across the country for their rapid and generous response to the Government of Canada’s Famine Relief Fund to raise monies for the severe food crisis in northeast Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen.
“We are deeply thankful for our donors and the Government of Canada for their help in providing life-saving relief to tens of thousands of men, women and children who are in imminent peril in Africa and Yemen,” says Serge Langlois, Executive Director, Development and Peace.
In addition, Development and Peace – Caritas Canada would like to thank the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) and the members of the various Canada’s faith communities for their united Interfaith Appeal on June 7, 2017, to Canadians to Pray, Give or Speak Out in response to this food humanitarian crisis. “This joint appeal of all faith communities was a unified cry from the heart, with one voice and one message to protect the human dignity of the most vulnerable in these countries,” adds Langlois.
Over the course of the Fund between March 17 and June 30, 2017, Canadians rallied to donate $2.5 Million to Development and Peace, of which 1.3 M is eligible for matching funds from the Government of Canada’s Famine Relief. Thus, thanks to Development and Peace donors, a total of $3.8 million will be put towards relief efforts in Africa and Yemen.
Donations made directly to Development and Peace are currently being sent to its on-the-ground partners Caritas South Soudan, Caritas Nigeria, Trocaire in Somalia and CAFOD in Yemen to supplement the emergency aid, such as food, water, sanitation services and medical care, which they have been delivering since last February.
In February 2017, the United Nations declared there were 20 million people, including 1.4 million children, at risk of death in these countries. The Government of Canada’s Famine Relief Fund, launched on May 29, matched every eligible donation made by individual Canadians to registered Canadian charities between March 17 and June 30, 2017. While the Government of Canada Famine Relief Fund has closed, unfortunately, the crisis persists; Development and Peace encourages Canadians to continue to give generously, according to their means, by electronic donation on the website of the organization www.devp.org, by mail or by phone to 1-888 664-3387.