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A NEWS RELEASE
From Global Hunger and Development Appeal (GHDA)

ELCIC GENEROSITY SETS NEW RECORDS

Winnipeg, January 18, 2005 (ELCIC)-- ELCIC members have responded generously to the appeal for help following the earthquake and tsunami in Southeast Asia.

"Our people have excelled in their generosity, " said GHDA Coordinator Rev. Paul Johnson, "and have shown the proof of their love. Thanks be to God."

More than $64,000 was forwarded from GHDA to Canadian Lutheran World Relief (CLWR) earlier this month. In the past week, over $20,000 more has come to GHDA designated for Tsunami Relief. Many other ELCIC members sent donations directly to CLWR.

A News Release from CLWR on January 14 celebrated the fact that donors had contributed more than $530,000 to CLWR's tsunami appeal, making it one of the largest responses in the agency's history. [this has since been updated to $693,000]

"We've never seen anything like it," said Tim Graff, director of communications for CLWR. "We are deeply grateful for the trust people have put in Canadian Lutheran World Relief."

An estimated 165,000 people died when a massive earthquake off the west coast of the northern Indonesian island of Sumatra triggered tidal waves along the shores of Sri Lanka, Indonesia, India, Thailand, Malaysia, Maldives, Bangladesh and elsewhere. Millions of survivors were left without adequate food, drinking water, clothing and shelter.

CLWR will focus on relief, reconstruction and rehabilitation efforts in southeast India where the agency has worked for many years. Agencies supported by CLWR are distributing food, clothing, shelter, pots and stoves. They are providing medical care and trauma counselling. In the longer term CLWR will help reconstruct houses, schools and wells to enable people to get on with their lives. For more details see http://www.clwr.org/asiatsunami04/#news

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