January 17, 2005
Request for Emergency Relief Listing
We would officially request that Christian Blind Mission
International (CBMI) Canada be included in your list of emergency
relief agencies for tsunami victims in South Asia on your website.
Our emergency toll free number is 1-800-567-2264 and
our on-line donation website is cbmicanada.org
Non-profit organization - Charity Reg - 10691 8329 RR 001
Less than four weeks after the South Asian tsunami swept away hundreds
of thousands of lives, CBMI is now moving into its second phase
of responding to the emergency needs of survivors by mobilizing
health care networks to prevent disease that can cause disability
and loss of sight.
As the world's leading agency dealing with issues of disability
and blindness, helping over 11 million people throughout the developing
world annually, CBMI is the key aid agency in the tsunami-devastated
region specifically caring for survivors with disabilities.
With its staff of over 2,000 nationals in its 200 projects in the
Asia rim, CBMI's Emergency Response went into action the first hours
and days after the tidal wave washed away so many lives and communities.
Hundreds of our workers - who were already living and working in
the region - immediately began assessing needs and organizing life-saving
relief. They provided emergency drinking water and medical supplies
to people with disabilities, their families and neighbours.
Now, CBMI's current goal is to prevent long-term disability, especially
blindness, through health education, vitamins, antibiotics, counseling
and surgery. Our third phase will be to re-build and expand rehabilitation
programs to meet the needs of the thousands of people left permanently
disabled or emotionally traumatized by the disaster
As a registered Canadian charity, CBMI has 193 staff in Sri Lanka
alone. One of our medical hospital units in Kalkudah, Sri Lanka
was completely destroyed.
For further details and interviews, contact Lindsay
CBMI Media & Public Relations Manager
Toll Free: 1-800-567-2264 x 289
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