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August 27, 2007

GHDA Issues Appeal to Assist with Relief Efforts Following Severe Flooding in Colombia

The ELCIC's Global Hunger and Development Appeal is collecting donations to assist with ongoing relief efforts in Colombia. Since March 2007, continuous rains have plagued the region of Colombia affecting 600,00 Colombians and displacing more than 300 families.

Action By Churches Together (ACT) International along with The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) and the Permanent Committee for the Defense of Human Rights (CPDH) have been assisting with relief support to the municipalities of Arauca and Arauguita through food distribution, health care, sanitation and housing since July.

On August 8, ACT announced it has reassessed the situation and, decided that LWF should reinforce its support to displaced families in the department of Arauca who are particularly vulnerable. Through funding support to this appeal, LWF with its partner CPDH plans to continue their relief intervention, which includes: i) the operation of community kitchens, ii) recreational activities for youths and iii) awareness activities on health and human rights.

Funds collected through GHDA will be forwarded on to Canadian Lutheran World Relief (CLWR) who partners with ACT.

To support relief efforts in Colombia, donations can be made to GHDA - Colombia Flooding 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-Colombia Flooding Appeal in the memo portion of the cheque)
- Through all GHDA Congregations

The ELCIC's Synod of Alberta and the Territories is the Companion Synod of Colombia.

The ELCIC's Global Hunger and Development Appeal (GHDA) works in partnership with Canadian Lutheran World Relief (CLWR) to carry out development and emergency response work internationally along with refugee resettlement in Canada.

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