December 28, 2004: CMAT reported today that it is establishing networks with relief agencies on the ground in Sri Lanka and is continuing to prepare a relief shipment.
CMAT is working to have the relief shipment consisting of medical supplies, medications, canned food, and infant formula included on a Canadian military cargo flight to the area sometime within the coming week – CMAT is currently working out logistical details.
CMAT is verifying the credentials of a local Sri Lankan relief agency it has identified and is establishing formal agency agreements. To date, nearly $10,000 CAD have been raised. We have reports of CMAT directors being handed $100 bills for the relief effort. CMAT is grateful to its donors for their generous support.
In the coming weeks, CMAT will send Canadian representatives to participate in, document and observe the implementation of the relief projects being funded. If you feel you have important skills to offer, please email us. You will need to submit an up-to-date curriculum vitae and police report. If you are able to pay for your airfare this would be a definite asset (we can arrange discounted airfare).
Cash donations continue to be immediately required.
CMAT is particularly concerned about this situation as one of the orphanages it supports (The Sirumalar Home for Children) is located in Tamil Nadu, India, one of the Tsunami-affected areas. CMAT is unaware of the fate of its 120 children.
Please keep checking our website for further updates.