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2018 at a glance : Together we saved more lives

In 2018, the Humanitarian Coalition helped save thousands of people, protected children and women, and gave families the opportunity to rebuild their lives after they had lost everything. Click on the links to read the stories of people whose lives were transformed through the work of the Humanitarian Coalition thanks to the generosity of our donors, the support of the Canadian government, and the impact of leading aid agencies working together.

March 6, 2019
Clean water after floods Ethiopia

From sickness to smiles

“We are drinking dirty water,” she said. “We want something to purify our water. Our children are getting sick with diarrhea and other diseases.”

February 26, 2019
Food aid for folks affected by cyclones that hit Fiji

Even paradise can get swamped

“We were very disheartened,” says Gulnaz Bibi as she recounts the day Tropical Cyclone Keni hit the western side of the beautiful Fiji Island where she lives.

February 20, 2019
Habiba in Somaliland, tropical storm Sagar

Habiba finally gets relief

Habiba has not had an easy life. And every time the 40-year-old mother of 10 overcomes one hardship, it seems like life is waiting to throw another challenge at her. What would it take to give this courageous woman some relief?

February 20, 2019
Earthquake in Papua New Guinea 2018 family

A young family longs for “normal” after devastating earthquake

“Before the earthquake we were happy, and life was normal,” said Jocelyn. “I was four months pregnant when it happened, and I had a one-year-old son. I was so afraid. I grabbed the baby and ran. My first thought was my baby, but I was so relieved to see my husband alive.”

February 4, 2019
Lynn Ostergaard and car

From the race track to the disaster zone: how one man left a legacy

He seemed like an ordinary guy. And in many ways, he was. Loyal, modest, “a true gentleman” – his friends and family describe Lynn Ostergaard as a man who downplayed his own colourful career, chose a simple lifestyle, and was attentive to the needs of others.

January 29, 2019

Indonesia boy Rizky, after the earthquake in 2018

How collaboration helped Rizky find his family

When disaster struck his home, seven-year-old Rizky had no idea what had hit him. He just knew that something terrible had happened and now he was alone. January 4, 2019
Maombi in Uganda, refugee from Congo

Maombi finds a place to call home

Maombi had no place where she felt safe. But because of the generosity of our supporters and partners, Maombi’s life was transformed.

December 13, 2018

Delivering aid when you've lost your roof

On February 13, Mausa was in the eye of Tropical Cyclone Gita – the strongest storm to strike southern Tonga in a generation. The cyclone resulted in two deaths and more than 400 injuries.

December 3, 2018