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Sunday, December 4, 2016
Scottish Catholics raise over a million for tsunami survivors
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¬†Individual donors in Scotland have given more than a million pounds to SCIAF's tsunami appeal. SCIAF's Chief Executive, Paul Chitnis said: "£1million is a tremendous sum that will enable SCIAF to offer long-term support to communities across India, Sri Lanka and Indonesia. Our supporters' donations, thoughts and prayers are providing great solace to those who have lost everything. "In India and Sri Lanka we are working with fishing communities who have lost their loved ones, their homes and their boats. From relying on the sea for their livelihood, they are now afraid of the devastation it can wreak. Providing emotional support and counselling are important aspects of our response, aimed at addressing these issues." In Indonesia, essential items are being provided in Medan, North Sumatra and Banda Aceh. 70% of the coastline was affected in Sri Lanka. Almost 10,000 people are staying in 37 temporary camps. SCIAF's partners are distributing food and cooking utensils to those whose homes were destroyed in Jaffna, Trincomalee and Batticaloa. Pumping machines are being used to clean wells to ensure the water is safe to drink. Water and sanitation are an important part of the response to ensure that people stay healthy. In the hope of avoiding outbreaks of illnesses, health staff are working in the region and medical supplies have been delivered. Coastal villages in India are receiving emergency kits. Many children who survived the disaster are now traumatised by nightmares and are receiving counselling from trained medical staff. Whilst responding to the disaster, SCIAF is also running its programme of projects across Africa, Asia and Latin America. Mr Chitnis continued: "On behalf of the communities in Asia that have been devastated by the tsunami, I'd like to thank everyone who has so kindly donated their money and their time to our appeal. "I would also ask the people of Scotland to remember the millions of people across the globe who live with hunger and poverty every day. 2005 is an unique opportunity to address their suffering by supporting the MakePovertyHistory coalition of which SCIAF is a member. By campaigning for increased aid, debt cancellation and fairer trade rules, Scots can help the 30,000 children who die every day from preventable causes." To make a donation to SCIAF's Tsunami appeal visit www.sciaf.org.uk.
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