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New Caritas programme for Myanmar

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Caritas has launched an emergency appeal to support the survivors of Myanmar's Cyclone Nargis and to reduce their vulnerability to future disasters.

Cyclone Nargis struck 19 months ago, but the massive scale of devastation means that many people still need help to kickstart their livelihoods and ensure they are prepared for further disasters.

Caritas is appealing for US$ 2,633,607 (EURO 1,779,464) for a year-long programme for 85,000 people in 2010.

Caritas has so far focused on rebuilding and reinforcing housing and community infrastructure.

The new programme will help farmers obtain agricultural loans, help families replace livestock and fishermen to replace boats and equipment. Other elements of the programme include, healthcare and HIV education, support for children's rights and disaster management initiatives.

Over 140,000 people died as a result of Cyclone Nargis and hundreds of thousands of houses were destroyed. Caritas reacted immediately to the disaster and has been helping survivors ever since.

By the end of December 2009, CARITAS will have assisted more than 100,000 people by helping them repair houses houses, schools, wells and ponds and by providing them with animals and poultry and livelihood loans.

Caritas hopes that its 2010 programme will boost income generating activities such as fishing and farming to help people become more self reliant.

For more information, please contact Michelle Hough on +39 06 69879721/+39 334 2344136 or hough@caritas.va