Andes, NY (PRWEB) January 13, 2005
CitiHope (http://www.citihope.org), one of the premier faith-based relief and development organizations, announced today it has created a partnership with three other aid organizations to deliver urgently needed medicines and supplies to tsunami victims in Sri Lanka. International Relief Foundation (IRF) (http://www.irfonline.org), a charity based in Columbus, Ohio, World ChildrenÂs Fund (WCF) (http://www.worldchildrensfund.net), a non-profit childrenÂs relief organization, and Tamil Rehabilitation Organization (TRO) (http://www.troonline.org), Sri LankaÂs most respected relief NGO, have agreed to help CitiHope deliver and distribute the medicine to the needy. Sri Lanka is one of the areas hardest hit by monster waves caused by the magnitude 9.0 earthquake which struck beneath the Indian Ocean on December 26th, 2004.
ÂDisease now threatens to kill more people in Southeast Asia than the tsunami itself. We are in a race against time to deliver the drugs and supplies which will help local doctors prevent this catastrophe from multiplying,Â said Rev. Paul S. Moore, President of CitiHope International. ÂWith the support of IRF, Tamil Rehabilitation Organization staff will work with CitiHope staff on the ground in Northeastern Sri Lanka, ensure the timely distribution of the $12.5 million of medicines and supplies procured from our generous pharmaceutical company partners over the past 7 days.Â
ÂIRF is pleased to be in the company of CitiHope and its other partners in participating in this extremely important and timely relief effortÂ said Mr. Ranjan Manoranjan, a Trustee of IRF.
Doctor Joseph Lam, WCF Chairman and Founder, is also an eager supporter of this partnership mission. ÂOur local staff at the WCF Patong Beach Children's Center in Phuket, Thailand survived the waves, but they know many who did not. We are sending help, and our partnership with CitiHope is key. With CitiHopeÂs assistance, we are able to deliver life-saving aid not only in Thailand, but in Sri Lanka and other affected countries.Â
ÂTRO is proud to assist CitiHope in the distribution of this generous and speedy delivery of medical aid, Âsaid Mr. K. P. Reggie, the Executive Director of TRO. ÂThese drugs and supplies are urgently needed by our people who are suffering incredibly.Â
ÂFew relief organizations can turn around such a huge mission in such a short time and I know of no other faith-based relief and development which can do more with a donor dollar,Â Rev. Moore added, citing his organizationÂs financial efficiency which has resulted in CitiHope receiving the highest ratings from industry watch-dog groups.
CitiHope is accepting donations to underwrite the imminent delivery of this relief shipment as well as future shipments planned for Thailand and Indonesia which were also devastated by this disaster.
About CitiHope International: CitiHope International is one of the worldÂs premier Christian humanitarian relief and development organizations. Working in conjunction with private pharmaceutical donors, international organizations, the US Department of State and USAID, it has distributed $450 million of medical supplies to over dozens of countries on 5 continents in the past 15 years. It has distributed more of its revenue as actual aid programs than any other organization in its class over the last 3 years according to Ministry Watch Sector Reports. Founded in 1985 by the Reverend Paul Moore to serve the homeless population in New York City, CitiHope now serves the needy and stricken throughout the globe wherever crisis, famine and disease occur. CitiHope is a USAID-registered and certified non-profit 501(c)3 organization.
About International Relief Foundation: International Relief Foundation was formed at the height of Sri LankaÂs civil war in 1997 to help civilians affected by the war in Sri Lanka. The organization has funded numerous rehabilitation projects in the northeastern region of Sri Lanka through local charities and other social organizations including childrenÂs orphanages and homes for the elderly. International Relief Foundation is a US IRS approved 501(c)3 charitable organization.
About World ChildrenÂs Fund: Founded by visionary leader Doctor Joseph Lam in 1993, World ChildrenÂs Fund is a global network of caring and sharing to help rescue needy children who are abandoned, distressed, endangered, exploited, homeless, hungry, sick or suffering. From its headquarters in San Jose, California, WCF disburses aid through its Global Care and Share Network, a collective effort of child care program providers and World ChildrenÂs Fund charities in 12 support countries.
Rev. Paul S. Moore, President
PO Box 38 Andes, NY 13731
Mr. Ranjan Manoranjan, Trustee
P.O. Box 20691
Columbus, OH 43220
Bill Bray, International Communications Director
5442 Thornwood Drive
San Jose, CA 95123
Wahlig Public Relations
Summit, New Jersey
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