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Helping Haiti

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By Tara Kimura, CBCNews.ca

Emergency aid is trickling into Haiti and the UN World Food Program says that food aid will be distributed shortly. Reports from the region are grim — many survivors have been without food or clean water for 2 1/2 days and many people are desperate for supplies.

The UN World Food Program offers these facts about Haiti:

  • An early post-earthquake assessment shows that some 3 million people, roughly one-third of the population, may need humanitarian relief, including food assistance.
  • Before the earthquake, 1.9 million people were 'food insecure' and needed assistance.
  • Rural households devote 60 per cent of their income on food.
  • Anemia affects 59 per cent of children aged six months to five years.

The federal government is earmarking up to $50 million to match Canadians' donations of up to $100,000 to charities aiding relief efforts. More information about this initiative and our charities can be found in our How you can help feature.

(Edited by Elizabeth Bridge to add: Salon.com is reporting that the social networking site Twitter is abuzz with conflicting opinions on the need for baby formula in Haiti. Because both local water and bottles are at high risk of contamination, powdered formula is not ideal. In summary, Salon recommends sending ready-mixed formula or, better yet, money.)

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Tom Hennessy

calgary

A friend mentioned Mac's is also matching people's donations made at their stores dollar for dollar.
Is this going to be then two MORE dollars for every one dollar donated to Mac's or is the government NOT going to match the dollars donated at Mac's ?

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