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Catholic Relief Services commits $200,000 to flood relief efforts in Southern Africa

Baltimore, March 10, 2000 - Catholic Relief Services is committing an initial $200,000 to relief efforts in southern Africa in response to the devastating floods that tore through the region in recent weeks. In Mozambique, which received the brunt of the damage, the floods have affected close to 1 million people, with hundreds of thousands still stranded and nearly 500,000 people requiring clean drinking water, food, medical supplies and temporary shelter.
"The people of southern Africa have been dealt a severe blow by nature," said Ken Hackett, Executive Director of Catholic Relief Services. "We stand in solidarity with those who are suffering and are committed to helping our brothers and sisters recover from the damage and rebuild their lives."

Catholic Relief Services is responding to the crisis in Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Zambia and South Africa by working with local Church partners and others to meet the immediate needs in the areas of food, water, health care and shelter. Catholic Relief Services will also work to restore livelihoods in the farming areas affected by the flood through the provision of seeds, tools and farm equipment. In the long-term, the agency will work to build the capacity of local partners to respond to disasters and strengthen civil society structures to create just economies and reduce poverty.

Hackett joined Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers and other nonprofit leaders this week in urging Congress to help pass a debt-relief plan that would aid Mozambique and other poor countries. Mozambique owes nearly $6 billion dollars in debt to other governments and international financial institutions.

Catholic Relief Services is accepting contributions to support relief efforts in southern Africa. To participate in these efforts, send donations, marked "Southern Africa Floods," to:

Catholic Relief Services
P.O. Box 17090
Baltimore, MD 21203-7090

Catholic Relief Services is the official overseas relief and development agency of the U.S. Catholic community. Founded in 1943, the agency provides assistance to people in more than 80 countries. Catholic Relief Services provides assistance on the basis of need, not race, creed or nationality.