Oda urges one final effort for Haiti as public donations eclipse $113m

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OTTAWA - Ordinary Canadians have donated $113 million to non-governmental agencies involved in Haitian earthquake relief - and counting.
"This amazing response reflects the true values held by Canadians," International Co-operation Minister Bev Oda said Monday.
"I've heard it so many times over the past four weeks: It makes me proud to be a Canadian."
But speaking at a news conference in the Ottawa headquarters of the Red Cross, Oda said the job's not done.
She urged potential donors to "make that one final effort, one big push" and contribute before the deadline for the federal government to match donations dollar-for-dollar passes on Friday.
There are many qualified Canadian-based organizations working in Haiti that could use the money, Oda said.
"There is still a long road to travel as we move forward to stabilize the emergency situation and then begin to build a new Haiti for its people," she said.
There have been 27 Canadians confirmed dead among the 200,000 killed in the Jan. 12 quake. Another 73 were still missing on Monday.
More than 6,000 Canadians were believed to be in the Caribbean-island country when the magnitude-7.0 quake struck. Over 4,000 have been evacuated aboard 43 flights.
About 2,000 Canadian soldiers, sailors and air crew have been deployed to Haiti, along with dozens of federal technical staff, search-and-rescue techs, medical and logistics personnel, engineers, and humanitarian and disaster-victim identification experts.
In addition to doubling individual donations, Ottawa has committed about $135 million to the earthquake-relief effort, including:
- $5 million for urgent humanitarian needs.
- $60 million to an appeal to fund essential necessities and basic services provided on the ground by UN agencies.
- $11.5 million for critical relief efforts by Canadian NGOs such as CARE, Medecins du Monde, Save the Children, Oxfam Quebec, the Canadian Red Cross Society, the Centre for International Studies and Co-operation, and World Vision.
- $8.5 million to the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies for humanitarian assistance.
By Monday, the Canadian International Development Agency had distributed more than 17,500 tents, shelters or tarps, 2,000 mosquito nets, nearly 5,000 hygiene kits or kitchen sets, 3,000 blankets and almost 10,000 buckets or jerry cans.
The federal government has also received permission from Haitian officials to bring 217 children to Canada, where it is expediting their adoptions.

Organizations: International Co, Red Cross, UN Canadian Red Cross Society Centre for International Studies World Vision International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies Canadian International Development Agency

Geographic location: Haiti, OTTAWA, Caribbean Canada

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