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October 19, 2007

GHDA Issues Appeal to Assist with Relief Efforts Following Flooding in Uganda

The ELCIC’s Global Hunger and Development Appeal (GHDA) is collecting donations to assist with relief efforts in Uganda. It is estimated that tens of thousands of people in the region have been displaced by floods that have submerged whole villages.

Heavy torrential rains that started in mid-July have resulted in severe flooding throughout northern and eastern Uganda, specifically in the Amuria and Katakwi districts.

Designated funds received by GHDA will be sent on to Canadian Lutheran World Relief (CLWR) who is partnering with Action by Churches Together (ACT) International, a global alliance of churches and related agencies working to save lives and support communities in emergencies worldwide.

Staff from CLWR are in Uganda and currently assessing how Canadians can best aid in relief efforts being coordinated by ACT.

Immediate needs being addressed include supplying tarpaulins or plastic sheeting for shelter and for drying the few harvested food crops, blankets to provide warmth and mosquito nets to reduce the prevalence of malaria, relief food for the immediate food needs of especially vulnerable individuals and sanitation interventions in communities.

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

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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