The Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace (CCODP) is urging Vancouver Catholics to give generously during a special collection July 22 to help offset a humanitarian disaster in Western Africa:
According to Guy Desaulniers, the emergency relief officer for the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace (CCODP), the arid region did not have a good harvest in 2011, and there has been recurring drought.Read the full story at The B.C. Catholic website.
He said the people of Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Gambia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, northern Nigeria, and Senegal will not have a harvest until September. Five of those countries have declared states of emergency and have requested international aid.
Donations can be made to the CCODP fundraising effort at 1-888-664-3387 and at www.devp.org.