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August 9, 2007

GHDA Issues Joint Appeal with CLWR to Assist With Relief Efforts Following Sever Flooding in Southeast Asia

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC)'s Global Hunger and Development Appeal (GHDA) is accepting donations to support relief efforts Southeast Asia, including Bangladesh, Nepal and India, after torrential monsoon rains hit the region causing rivers to burst their banks.

News reports estimate that more than 230 people have died in the past 11 days and about 10 million people are homeless or cut off from their villages with little or no access to food or health care.

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 distribution of temporary shelter materials such as polythene sheets, water purification tablets, family kits of clothing, bed sheets, mosquito nets and hygiene items.

To assist with the immediate needs in the affected areas, GHDA has designated $5,000 which has been sent to CLWR to assist with their efforts in the region. The funds are from GHDA's Emergency Disaster Response Fund which was established thanks to an anonymous gift and allows GHDA to allocate funds immediately when an emergency occurs and then replenish the Fund with donations to the church-wide appeal.

To support relief efforts in Southeast Asia, donations can be made to GHDA - Southeast Asia 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 - Southeast Asia 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.

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The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada is Canada's largest Lutheran denomination with 174,555 baptized members in 620 congregations. It is a member of the Lutheran World Federation, the Canadian Council of Churches and the World Council of Churches.

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