A total of 48,700 US dollars have so far been collected by World Vision, Ghana, as donation towards relieving victims of the recent Haiti earthquake.
A release signed by Basilo Okello on March 25, 2010, appealing for more donations, said the 48,700 US dollars was donated by individuals and companies.
He said after the January 12 Haiti earthquake, the Ghana government gave permission World Vision Ghana to collect cash and cheque donations from the Ghanaian public.
He said the 48,700 US dollars raised so far to assist the quake victims falls far bellow the one million US dollars target it had set to collect from the Ghanaian public.
Mr Okello said a recent report from a Ghanaian staff of the World Vision, who returned from Haiti last month, said that country still needs help to rebuild and also cater for over one million homeless people.
He said the Haitian Prime Minister, Rene Preval recently said 11 billion US dollars would be needed to rebuild Haiti.
Mr Okello said the UN secretary-General Ban Ki Moon said at a recent press conference that out of the emergency appeal of 1.4 billion needed, only 49 per cent had so far been received.
He said the World Vision is therefore appealing to people, financial institutions and religions establishments in Ghana to donate towards the Haiti fund.
Mr Okello also appealed to the various organisations and groups who raised funds for Haiti, to channel their donations through the World Vision fundraising so that, together, a generous amount will be presented in the name of the Ghanaian people.
He said donations should be channeled through the Ghana Commercial Bank Account 020-113-110-2344 or Zenith Bank Account No 601-060-8295, and Dollar Account 604-060-2546.