TORONTO / October 9, 2005 - DEVELOPMENT
AND PEACE is sending an initial contribution of $100,000 to aid victims
of the powerful earthquake that struck Pakistan, Afghanistan and northern
India early yesterday morning, and it is accepting donations from the public
to purchase additional food, clothing, water and many other basic necessities.
Aid will be distributed through Caritas Internationalis, the confederation of 162 Catholic relief, development, and social service organisations present in 200 countries and territories.
DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE is the official Catholic overseas development agency for Canada and the Canadian arm of Caritas Internationalis.
Other DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE partners in the region may be called upon to help after the full extent of the disaster is known. Initial estimates place the death toll at more than 20,000 in the hardest hit regions.
DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE will be in a position to answer calls from the public and accept donations as of Tuesday October 11, 2005.
DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE is also supporting relief efforts for Hurricane Stan victims in Mexico, El Salvador and Guatemala.
Contributions can be made by telephone (1-888-664-3387)
or via the internet at ( www.devp.org
or by cheque (marked "Pakistan-Asia Earthquake"
or "Hurricane Stan") care of:
DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE
5633 Sherbrooke Street East
Montreal (Québec) H1N 1A3