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Thank You: NZ Funds Are Working Hard In Haiti As The Rainy Season Begins

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Thank You: NZ Funds Are Working Hard In Haiti As The Rainy Season Begins

World Vision New Zealand is today thanking Kiwis who gave more than $2m dollars to help Haiti. The total raised for Haiti is one of the largest outpourings of public support World Vision New Zealand has seen, third only to the appeal following the Rwanda genocide in 1994 and the Asian tsunami in 2004* CEO Chris Clarke said: "We know that whenever there are people in need around the world New Zealanders are quick to ask how they can lend a hand - today I want to say thank you."

These funds, together with donations from across the World Vision Partnership are working particularly hard on the ground right now as World Vision staff help prepare for the rainy season in April and May. More than 50 humanitarian aid groups have been working to provide emergency shelter for the 1.3 million people left homeless, and as the rains start to fall, more than 75 per cent have already received much needed assistance. But still, more emergency shelter supplies continue to be delivered, latrines are being built, mobile clinics are being staffed up, flood-reduction projects are underway, and discussions continue on more sustainable solutions to ease the crowded living conditions in the camps.

World Vision's health specialists are particularly concerned for vulnerable children at this time. They say the combination of wet weather and unsanitary camp conditions could heighten fears of malaria and dengue fever, diarrhoea and other water-borne diseases.

Mr Clarke added: "Our staff on the ground in Haiti are telling us that every single cent raised by New Zealanders is essential as they continue their work at the beginning of this year's rainy season and in to the future as World Vision commits to partnering with Haitians to rebuild lives and communities - so once again thank you New Zealand."

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