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Countries benefit from 12 projects worth $3.28 million

By Amanda Thorsteinsson

01/21/2015

WINNIPEG — More than 99,000 people in 10 countries will benefit from 12 projects worth $3.28 million committed by Canadian Foodgrains Bank in December.

The projects are being implemented by the Mennonite Central Committee, World Renew, Canadian Baptist Ministries, the Evangelical Missionary Church of Canada, World Relief Canada, Presbyterian World Service and Development, and the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace in collaboration with their local partners.

One project, through Development and Peace and supported financially by the Primate’s World Relief & Development Fund, is continuing to respond to the ongoing war in Syria.

As the fighting goes on, people continue to be forced from their homes, fleeing to safer parts of the country. Families are seeking shelter wherever they can, including in public buildings and with host families.

However, as the months stretch on, they are using up their savings and are facing hunger.

Development and Peace, through their local partner Jesuit Refugee Services, is responding by providing food baskets to 3,500 displaced families (approximately 17, 850 people.)

Through another project, implemented by World Renew in Bangladesh through their local partner PARI Development Trust, malnutrition is being addressed by focusing on improving nutrition in the first 1,000 days of a child’s life, from conception to 24 months of age.

The project is improving women’s nutrition before, during, and after pregnancy; promoting breastfeeding; and training traditional birth attendants and community health volunteers to work with mothers of young children.

Fifteen thousand, two hundred and seventy women and 11,870 children are benefitting from this project.

Other projects committed in December include:

— An agriculture and livelihoods project in Democratic Republic of the Congo through Canadian Baptist Ministries worth $102,000, benefitting 2,800 people;

— An agriculture and livelihoods project in Nepal through the Mennonite Central Committee worth $127,000, benefitting 9,800 people;

— A joint agriculture and livelihoods and nutrition project in Nepal through the Mennonite Central Committee worth $70,000, benefitting 10,500 people;

— An agriculture and livelihoods project in Mozambique through the Mennonite Central Committee worth $252,000, benefitting 3, 375 people;

— An agriculture and livelihoods project in Malawi through Presbyterian World Service and Development worth $50,000, benefitting 30,000 people;

— An agriculture and livelihoods project in Liberia through World Relief Canada worth $211,000, benefitting 3,000 people;

— An agriculture and livelihoods project in Laos through the Mennonite Central Committee worth $400,000, benefitting 5,000 people;

— An agriculture and livelihoods project in Kenya through the Mennonite Central Committee worth $98,000, benefitting 4,550 people;

— An agriculture and livelihoods project in Ethiopia through the Evangelical Missionary Church of Canada worth $233,000, benefitting 1,560 people; and

— A joint food assistance and agriculture and livelihoods project in Democratic Republic of the Congo through the Mennonite Central Committee worth $438,000, benefitting 3,084 people.

Projects supported by the Canadian Foodgrains Bank are undertaken with support from the Government of Canada.

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