A NEWS RELEASE
From National Office of the ELCIC
Winnipeg, 22 February 2007 -- The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada's Global Hunger and Development Appeal (GHDA) is accepting donations to support relief efforts in Mozambique after weeks of heavy rains in the central Zambezi River valley caused severe flooding to the area. Further flooding is feared with the arrival of Cyclone Favio, a powerful tropical cyclone with reported winds of up to 230 km per hour, which hit southern Mozambique on Thursday morning.
According to BBC reports, "Cyclone Favio, the strongest to hit the southern African country, was heading towards the Zambezi River valley where it was likely to worsen floods that have already killed some 40 people and driven 120,000 from their homes."
Designated funds received through GHDA will be sent on to Canadian Lutheran World Relief (CLWR) which is already engaged in relief efforts in the region, including the evacuation of low-lying areas and the distribution of immediate shelter materials, blankets, clothing, food and cooking utensils.
Following fears of new flooding, CLWR reports, "staff from CLWR partner organizations are visiting each project area to warn and help disaster-preparedness committees prepare for the cyclone." Restoring food security and capacity-building to create better disaster management practices will be part of CLWR's long-term goals in the affected region.
To support relief efforts in Mozambique, donations can be made to GHDA - Mozambique Appeal as follows:
- Via the ELCIC Website: www.elcic.ca (click on the Donate Now link)
- By mail: GHDA, 302-393 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg, MB R3B 3H6 (please indicate "GHDA - Mozambique Appeal" in the memo portion of the cheque)
- Through all ELCIC Congregations
The ELCIC’s Global Hunger and Development Appeal works in partnership with Canadian Lutheran World Relief in order to carry out development and emergency response work internationally along with refugee resettlement in Canada.
For more information, please contact:
Ms.Trina Gallop, Manager of Communications
302 - 393 Portage Ave. Winnipeg MB R3B 3H6