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Emergency Appeal for Pakistan

Published: Mon 10 Oct 2005 12:02 AM
10/10/05
Emergency Appeal for Pakistan
Christian World Service (CWS) is receiving donations for the victims of the catastrophic earthquake that has devastated parts of Pakistan, Afghanistan and India.
CWS has partners on the ground responding to needs in the worst hit areas of North West Frontier Province of Pakistan. Already over 1600 families are being assisted and as more money as raised, a further 50,000 families will be targeted.
Relief includes shelter kits and family food packages containing wheat flour, rice, pulses and cooking oil. CWS partners are working closely with international and local organisations and authorities to help organise relief efforts and address the immediate needs of the affected people. They are also assessing what the longer-term response will have to be.
Donations are urgently needed. ACT International, the global emergency response network CWS belongs to, has called for an immediate US$50,000 from member agencies and will release a full appeal target once the extent of damage and need is assessed.
New Zealanders can help relief efforts by supporting the Pakistan appeal. Donations may be sent by credit card, phone 0800 74 73 72 or to PO Box 22652, Christchurch or online www.cws.org.nz.
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