Venezuela: World Vision moves to aid mud-slide victims

World Vision New Zealand has committed $10,000 as an initial contribution to help victims of Venezuela's mud slides which some observers say have killed more than 20,000 people.
"We're shocked by the reports that are coming out of Venezuela of the scale of the destruction and the impact this has had on people in the affected areas. It's clear, though, that we need to help out," says World Vision New Zealand's Executive Director Colin Prentice.

"Our initial information suggests that the principle needs are for food and medicines and we are working with the Adventist Development and Relief Agency on the ground in Venezuela."

The contribution from World Vision New Zealand has been taken from an emergency fund which allows for money to be allocated swiftly to areas of urgent need. The fund is supported by New Zealanders who are part of World Vision's Global Aid Partners programme.

"It's been a terrible year for disasters and complex humanitarian emergencies. The situation in Venezuela is a tragedy, and we are determined to make a difference. The fact that it's Christmas makes us doubly determined to bring help and healing to the people of Venezuela," says Mr Prentice.

Donations to World Vision's Venezuela appeal can be made by calling 0800 80 2000 or by sending cheques to World Vision Venezuela Appeal, Private Bag 92078, Auckland.