World Vision overwhelmed by New Zealand response to Iran quake.

By December 31, 2003

Iran (MNN)–World Vision New Zealand will commit nearly $30,000 (USD) towards earthquake relief operations in Iran after residents overwhelmingly responded to its public appeal. World Vision New Zealand executive director Helen Green said they hoped to quickly match the government funds.

They’re getting the funding together to mount a large-scale relief effort as well as gathering supplies from their warehouse in Italy. Agency teams are in Tehran clarifying with local authorities the most immediate needs. This week, the first airlift of relief supplies goes in.

The first plane is likely to carry blankets, plastic sheeting and water containers. World Vision is also ready to airlift food, water purification units, electricity generators and medicines.

World Vision was in a strong position to render assistance in Iran, having formed strong bonds with local aid agencies during the Afghanistan crisis when many refugees fled to Iran. The aid comes with the hope of being an example of the love of Christ during this time.

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