Natural disasters are frequent, little-known, and devastating. And they are occurring more often due to climate change. They may not be newsworthy but these "small" disasters are big enough to overwhelm a country's response capacity.
When that happens, the Humanitarian Coalition is there. Around the clock. Around the world.
The number of weather-related disasters to hit the world has increased five-fold over the past 50 years.* Real lives are affected. Here are some of their stories:
Josephine remembers an ordinary, quiet October morning with her baby still sleeping in a hammock. Suddenly, her house began to shake, and the air filled with rumbling noises, repeated prayers and floating dust and debris. The earthquake in North Cotabato in the Philippines caused tens of thousands to leave their damaged houses.
Josephine’s 12-member household lost their home and their livelihood.
Then, supported by the Humanitarian Coalition and the government of Canada, Plan International Canada provided cash assistance so Josephine’s family could buy food and lumber, and slowly rebuild their lives.
When cyclone Harold struck the South Pacific island of Vanuatu, power lines went down, trees were uprooted, roofs were ripped off, homes and gardens were destroyed, and roads were washed out.
Even worse, their water tanks were destroyed.
Because the island country is surrounded by seawater, and has very limited access to freshwater, islanders like Taringos Virameme Felix depend on rainwater to drink.
Supported by the Humanitarian Coalition and the government of Canada, World Vision worked to rebuild the water tank system, so hundreds of people could have clean drinking water.
The accessible, clean water supply will also encourage regular hand washing, which is essential to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Who is the Humanitarian Coalition
The Humanitarian Coalition brings 12 Canadian international aid agencies together in times of disaster. With a combined presence in 140 countries, we are uniquely placed to respond quickly to large-scale disasters or smaller, under-reported disasters.
Support families and communities who are devastated by disasters, around the clock and around the world. There are three ways to get involved: