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Oprah’s Angel Network supports Habitat’s tsunami relief

Oprah’s Angel Network pledges $1 million to tsunami relief

CHICAGO (Jan. 19, 2005) – Oprah’s Angel Network has pledged $1 million toward the tsunami relief efforts in South Asia. The donation will be used jointly by the following three organizations to help provide immediate support in the form of food, sanitation kits and temporary shelter, as well as long-term efforts to rebuild schools, homes and livelihoods.

Oprah’s Angel Network is proud to partner with the following aid and development groups:

– Free the Children is the world’s largest network of children helping children. Founded in 1995 by the young Canadian Craig Kielberger, Free the Children has built more than 400 primary schools proving daily education for 35,000 children. Oprah’s Angel Network partnered with Free the Children in 2000 to build 100 rural schools around the world. In Sri Lanka, Free the Children will help rebuild schools, build fresh water sources, and distribute school supplies and health kits. www.freethechildren.com

– Habitat for Humanity International is known for its efforts to provide affordable housing to people around the world. By the end of 2005, Habitat will have built its 200,000th house and more than one million people will be living in Habitat homes they helped to build. Habitat partnered with Oprah’s Angel Network in 1998 and 1999 to build homes for needy families in each US State. In Sri Lanka, Habitat will be providing temporary shelter and, over the next two years, build permanent structures. Habitat has built 25,000 homes in Asia. www.habitat.org

– Mercy Corps has provided more than $830 million in assistance to people in 80 nations since 1979. In Sri Lanka, Mercy Corps is providing immediate relief, psycho-social support for grieving people, and a cash-for-work program, putting native people back to work to regain dignity and self sufficiency. www.mercycorps.org

In 1997, Oprah established Oprah’s Angel Network, a public charity launched on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” and featured on Oprah.com, to inspire people to use their lives and encourage them to make a difference in the lives of others. To date, Oprah’s Angel Network has raised $27 million with 100 percent of audience donations going to non-profit organizations and direct charitable projects across the globe.

“The Oprah Winfrey Show” has remained the No. 1 talk show for 18 consecutive seasons, winning every sweep since its debut in 1986.* It is produced in Chicago by Harpo Productions, Inc. and syndicated to 212 domestic markets and 110 countries by King World.

For more information, contact: Carly Ubersox or Lisa Halliday, 312-633-1182, or Joedy Isert, Habitat for Humanity International, 229-924-6935, ext. 2330, or jisert@hfhi.org.