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MCC applies for matching funds for disaster response

Gladys Terichow
June 6, 2008

Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) is applying for matching funds from the Canadian government to help meet the humanitarian needs of people affected by the cyclone in Myanmar (Burma) and earthquake in China.

“The matching funds allow MCC and our partner organizations to extend our reach and assist more people affected by these huge and devastating disasters,” said Willie Reimer, director of MCC’s disaster programs.

The Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) is matching private donations made by Canadian individuals on a one-to-one basis. Donations that will be matched must be received within specified time periods.

Donations for Myanmar relief efforts must be received by MCC between May 2 and June 13 and donations for the Sichuan earthquake relief efforts must be received between May 12 and June 23.

To receive these matching funds Canadian agencies must submit proposals for specific projects.

MCC is requesting matching funds to provide communities in Myanmar with water purification systems where water is collected and treated in portable 757-litre containers made from locally available plastic tarp.

This project is being implemented by International Development Enterprises Myanmar, a non profit organization that helps poor rural families in Myanmar improve their income.

In China, MCC is applying for matching funds for a project that will be implemented by the Amity Foundation, a humanitarian organization in China that promotes education, social services, health and rural development.