Thousands will benefit from 16 projects worth $5.5 million

By Amanda Thorsteinsson

WINNIPEG — More than 169,000 people in 11 countries will benefit from 16 projects worth $5.5 million committed by Canadian Foodgrains Bank in September.

The projects are being implemented by the Mennonite Central Committee, World Renew, Presbyterian World Service & Development, Canadian Lutheran World Relief, the Adventist Development & Relief Agency (ADRA Canada), and World Relief Canada, in collaboration with their local partners.

One project, implemented by World Relief Canada and worth $431,000, is part of the Foodgrains Bank continuing response to the civil war in South Sudan.

Since war broke out in December 2013, more than 1.7 million people have been displaced, and around four million people are facing an alarming hunger situation.

Many people who traditionally depend on the land to grow crops have been unable to because of the fighting. The rainy season means transporting food within the country is next to impossible owing to poor road conditions.

Through the project, World Relief’s local partner, Tearfund, is providing food such as sorghum, lentils, oil and salt to 750 female-headed households with at least one malnourished child.

Through another project, implemented by World Renew in Syria through their local partner, Lebanese Society for Educational & Social Development, and worth $387,000, people displaced by the ongoing conflict are receiving food baskets containing things such as rice, pasta, lentils, and canned meat.

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

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