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Papua New Guinea: NZAID commits more funds for World Vision's work in Manam

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World Vision Papua New Guinea and the New Zealand Agency for International Development (NZAID) last week signed an agreement for more than US$500,000 worth of additional funding towards food relief for people displaced by last year's volcanic eruption in Manam, in Madang Province.

The agreement, signed on July 7, will help World Vision's Manam Relief Project to supply food - including canned meat, salt, sugar, flour, oil and a variety of local food - for approximately 10,000 displaced people.

The first phase of the project funding was received in December 2004 and activities started in January with the purchase and distribution of 800 sacks of round cabbages. Distributions of sweet potato and tinned fish followed.

People in Manam said they were grateful to NZAID and World Vision for providing variety to their diets, with the government and other agencies distributing mainly rice and canned tuna since the evacuations took place in November last year.

The needs on the ground are immense, with uncertainty about where the displaced people will be permanently settled. The contributions by World Vision have been greatly appreciated by the displaced people and the disaster offices, both at provincial and national level.

New Zealand's High Commissioner to Papua New Guinea Mr. Laurie Markes signed the agreement for a total of US$538,344 in additional funding on July 7. The Manam Disaster Relief Program is jointly funded by AUSAID, World Vision Australia, World Vision New Zealand, and NZAID.

Report from Frieda Kana, WV PNG Communications.

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