Canadians come together to help fight famine | Humanitarian Coalition

Canadians come together to help fight famine

August 17, 2017

With 20 million women, children and men struggling to find food and safe drinking water in parts of Africa and Yemen, Canadians donated more than $8 million to the Humanitarian Coalition and its member agencies during the Stop Famine Together joint campaign.

Thanks to the Government of Canada’s Famine Relief Fund, which matched eligible donations, even more relief aid is available to those in need.

“Immediate action saves lives and thanks to generous donations from Canadians, we’ve been able to do just that,” said Richard Morgan, Executive Director of the Humanitarian Coalition. “The Government of Canada played a critical leadership role in raising awareness for this crisis.”

The seven member agencies of the Humanitarian Coalition are providing immediate life-saving aid. Some examples of their assistance on the ground include:

- food, clean water and health intervention for internally displaced people in South Sudan.

- medical assistance for people, especially children and pregnant women, on the brink of starvation in Somalia.

- clean water and hygiene assistance to prevent the spread of cholera in Yemen.

- shelter for refugees in Uganda.

- clean water, sanitation and hygiene assistance to communities in Ethiopia.

- safe places for children and women displaced by drought in Kenya.


This help would not have been possible without Canadians across the country responding compassionately and creatively.

- Ottawa artist Martha Nixon donated half of the proceeds from an art sale she held in June.

- Students at Cairine Wilson Secondary School in Ottawa fundraised even while studying for their year-end exams.

- St. James Lutheran Church in Elmira, Ontario held a benefit concert.

- Six communities took part in the Red Alert campaign, lighting up some of their buildings and monuments in red to support the campaign and raise awareness.

- The Prime Minister, MPs and mayors took to social media to promote the campaign and encourage Canadians to donate.


Morgan cautions that while vital progress is being made, the situation on the ground remains dire and fragile. “The suffering and desperation is not over. We need a sustained international humanitarian effort to continue fighting this hunger crisis and preventing famine. More importantly peace is needed in the countries facing famine and hunger because of conflict, such as South Sudan and Yemen.”


For more information:
Marg Buchanan
Communications Advisor
Humanitarian Coalition
marg.buchanan at

The Humanitarian Coalition is Canada’s only joint appeal response for international disasters and emergencies. It is made up of 7 leading humanitarian agencies: Canadian Lutheran World Relief, CARE Canada, Islamic Relief Canada, Oxfam Canada, Oxfam-Québec, Plan International Canada and Save the Children Canada. Collectively, they are present in more than 150 countries. Together, saving more lives.