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Humanitarian Coalition Launches Joint Appeal for Survivors of Nepal Earthquake

OTTAWA, April 26, 2015- The Humanitarian Coalition is launching a national joint appeal to help the victims of the devastating earthquake in Nepal. The reports of deaths, injuries, and extensive damage caused to people's homes and livelihoods are making it clear that this is a disaster of immense and growing scale. So far, more than 2,200 are confirmed dead.

Our member agencies have been working in Nepal and the region for decades alongside local partner organizations. They are on the ground assessing the needs of the thousands of people affected by the earthquake and preparing to provide emergency assistance in the form of shelter, clean water, food, medical aid, and other essentials. Together, we are responding and will continue to help the people of Nepal in this hour of need.

The generous support of Canadians is essential for relief efforts to have an impact and reach stranded families, children who have been separated from their parents, and the elderly, all of whom are scattered across several remote communities. As the Monsoon season approaches, the precarious situation of survivors is likely to get worse.

The Humanitarian Coalition is asking all Canadians who can help to make a donation to support the relief and recovery efforts of our member agencies.

The Humanitarian Coalition is Canada's only joint appeal mechanism for international disasters and emergencies. It is made up of five leading humanitarian agencies: CARE Canada, Oxfam Canada, Oxfam-Québec, Plan Canada, and Save the Children Canada. Collectively, they are present in 120 countries. Together, saving more lives. www.together.ca.

For questions and interviews, please contact:

Humanitarian Coalition
MJ Proulx 613-799-7562 mj.proulx@care.ca

Plan Canada
Dena Allen 416-723-6340 dallen@plancanada.ca

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