Sunday, June 9, 2013

$4.2 million for Burma



The Minister Uppal announced that Canada is providing $4.2 million in humanitarian assistance in response to humanitarian needs in the conflict-affected areas such as Kachin, Northern Shan and Rakhine States.

Canada provides humanitarian assistance to the most vulnerable people facing natural disasters and conflict.

"Canada’s support will help to ensure that life-saving humanitarian assistance including food, water, shelter, and protection, is provided to the most vulnerable people affected by the conflict."

Backgrounder
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Each year, Canada, through the Canadian International Development Agency, responds to the annual appeals issued by international and Canadian humanitarian partners. These annual appeals outline the planned response to a variety of humanitarian crises due to conflict or food insecurity around the world. Such crises result from prolonged hunger, conflict, insecurity and the breakdown of civil order. They affect huge numbers of people, cause extensive human suffering, and are extremely difficult to resolve.

In response to the 2013 appeals for Burma, Canada is providing $4.2 million in humanitarian assistance in response to humanitarian needs in the conflict-affected areas of the country, as follows:

Hope International Development Agency — $300,000 $
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Hope International Development Agency will provide humanitarian assistance to up to 18,700 conflict-affected, internally displaced people in the areas of Kachin state, northern Burma, through the provision of;

water supply systems and sanitary latrines in displacement camps;
hygiene kits and education; and
non-food items, such as warm clothing and blankets for displaced families.

Oxfam Canada — $1 million
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With Canada’s support, Oxfam will provide humanitarian assistance for up to 15,500 people living in conflict-affected areas of Kachin state, northern Burma, through the provision of;

safe drinking water, hygiene supplies and training; and
skills training and cash grants for displaced people to support resumption of livelihoods.

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees — $1 million
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Canada's support will help to provide basic services and protection for up to 150,000 displaced people in Rakhine state, Kachin state and southeastern Burma through:

the provision of drinking water, shelter and other non-food relief items; and
protection monitoring and training.

UNICEF — $300,000 $
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Canada's support will help to improve the health and well-being of children and women suffering from acute malnutrition through the provision of:

therapeutic and supplementary feeding for children under five years of age; and
micronutrient supplementation for up to 16,000 children under five years of age and up to 7,400 pregnant or lactating women.

World Food Programme — $1 million
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Canada’s support will help to provide food and nutrition assistance to more than 200,000 crisis-affected people through the provision of:

monthly food distributions to especially vulnerable households;
supplementary foods to children and pregnant or lactating women, and people with HIV/AIDS or tuberculosis;
school meals or take-home rations for children attending school; and
food-for-work opportunities.

Other humanitarian partners — $600,000 $
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Canada’s support will help to improve the health, living conditions, and protection of up to 62,000 people in conflict-affected areas of Burma through the provision of:

water and sanitation facilities;
basic health services and support to rehabilitate health facilities, to increase access to basic health care services;
non-food relief items; and

For more information, media should contact:
Daniel Bezalel Richardsen
Press Secretary to the Minister of International Cooperation
Telephone:  819-953-6238<
Email: danielbezalel.richardsen@acdi-cida.gc.ca

Media Relations Office
Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)
Telephone:  819-953-6534 
Email: media@acdi-cida.gc.ca
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