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Christian Aid appeals for more funds to help survivors of Burma cyclone

Christian Aid is appealing for more funds to help survivors of the Burma cyclone so partner organisations can continue to carry out vital relief and rehabilitation work.

Christian Aid launched an appeal after the cyclone on 2 May, that killed an estimated 130,000 people, with a target of £2 million.

So far Christian Aid has raised £ 1.7 million, including one extremely generous gift of £100,000 from an individual donor.

Christian Aid partners have distributed food, water purification tablets, rain water collection and storage kits as well as food, clothing, blankets, cooking utensils and medicines.

‘We want to thank everyone who has already given money to the Christian Aid Burma cyclone appeal. We believe that donations have been lower than expected in part because the story in the media was that aid could not be delivered because of restrictions by the Burmese regime,’ said Robin Greenwood, Christian Aid’s head of Asia and Middle East Division.

‘The regime has not given full access for international aid workers, but our local partners have been supplying aid to 200,000 people since the cyclone struck and will continue to do so.

‘We are asking for people’s support now because there is a need for more funds for our partners to continue to do their vital relief and rehabilitation work.’

The challenge now is to provide shelter and to enable survivors to get back to work either as farmers or fishermen.

An entrepreneur and former investment banker, who wants to remain anonymous, made a donation of £100,000 for Christian Aid’s work in Burma.

‘Like many people, we were horrified to hear of the events unfolding in Burma following Cyclone Nargis,’ he said. ‘Our first assumption was that aid was not able to get through to the people who needed it the most.

‘However, Christian Aid impressed upon us the reality that, with sufficient resources, their partners were positioned to assist thousands of survivors to rebuild their lives for the long-term.

‘We were impressed and reassured by the professionalism of Christian Aid but perhaps the most compelling argument put to us was simply that the scale of the disaster sits in stark contrast to the resources committed thus far by the international community. So, we decided to make a serious investment.’

Christian Aid was part of the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) appeal and will receive a share of the £15 million which has been raised so far.

People can donate by calling 08080 004 004 or visiting the Emergencies section of our website.

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Notes to editors

1. Christian Aid is an international development agency working with people of all religions and none in around 50 countries.

2. For more information or interviews contact Anjali Kwatra on +44 (0) 20 7523 2460.