(AFP) – Jan 19, 2010
OTTAWA — Canada pledged 60 million Canadian dollars (58 million US) in aid for Haiti on Tuesday in response to a United Nations call for help for nearly three million people affected by last week's quake.
The newly-promised funds bring Canada's total aid contribution to 135 million dollars (131.5 million US).
International Cooperation Minister Bev Oda said contributions were "starting to make a difference in caring for the injured, preventing the spread of disease and providing water, food, and other essentials."
"Today I'm announcing... that we will contribute 60 million dollars to the United Nations appeal to help UN organizations deliver essential services to approximately three million people over the next six months."
-- 39 million dollars (37.8 million US) would be directed to food security needs through the World Food Program to help provide 100 million meals in the next 30 days;
-- 15 million dollars (14.5 million US) will go to UNICEF for health, nutrition, water and sanitation for women and children;
-- 11.5 million dollars (11.1 million US) will go to six Canadian aid organizations to provide water and sanitation, medical treatment, shelter, and security; and
-- 8.5 million dollars (8.2 million US) is earmarked for the International Red Cross and Red Crescent, whose Canadian and Norwegian branches are providing care for 300 people a day at a field hospital set up over the weekend.
The funding is in addition to five million dollars (4.8 million US) in aid announced last week, and on top of 40 million dollars (38.8 million US) in donations collected so far from Canadians, that are to be matched by the federal government.
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