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The Humanitarian Coalition members are taking care of basic survival needs and helping people rebuild their lives when their homes, schools and livelihoods have been devastated by a disaster. Learn more about these crises and meet people who have benefited from your support.

A “made-to-measure” house for Rosida

April 13, 2020

A 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck the Indonesian island of Sulawesi on September 28, followed by a tsunami with waves up to 6 metres high. The quake led to the liquefaction of the soil in some places, softening the earth and causing it to flow.

Relief for mind and body

April 13, 2020

In March 2019, heavy rains caused devastating flash floods in Afghanistan, destroying homes and crops in Enjil.

Enough to cook and sleep on for a household of 31

April 12, 2020

Ten days of heavy rain caused flooding to six of Mali’s 10 regions at the end of August 2019. Houses and farmland were damaged, the market and cemetery in Guiré were flooded, and schools, health centres, latrines and wells were damaged. Alou and his large family were not spared.

A new start to life

April 11, 2020

In July 2019, heavy rain caused intense flooding across Northern Bangladesh, where Abeda lives. Nearly 7.6 million people were affected by the flooding, which was most severe in the District of Jamalpur.

It is a heaven for us

April 9, 2020

With support from the Humanitarian Coalition and the government of Canada, Islamic Relief was in Jogendra’s community, responding with life-saving support to the affected population. They provided shelter, food and household items, water and hygiene, and organized cash-for-work projects.

Clean water transforms a village

March 12, 2020

When Cyclone Idai hit Mozambique in March 2019, houses and sanitation facilities were destroyed and water sources were contaminated.

Home, sweeter home

March 12, 2020

When the flooding due to Cyclone Idai devastated the Southern Region of Malawi, the house Eva shared with her children and grandchildren collapsed. They were forced to find shelter in a nearby camp where they stayed for about three months before they could return and rebuild.

Taking care of (new) business

March 12, 2020

Alick Lozani says that when the flooding from Cyclone Idai rose around his house, he, his wife and three children covered their front door with mud to keep the knee-high water out, and waited inside for four days before the water dried up.

The making of a leader

March 12, 2020

Everything that Margret Nkudu had built over many years disappeared in a few hours, including her house, her livestock, and the village dip tank.

2019: a year in review

February 5, 2020

In 2019, the Humanitarian Coalition responded to 13 humanitarian emergencies around the world through the work of its members and the support of donors and the Government of Canada.

Contributing to a boy’s success

January 22, 2020

When Cyclone Idai swept across southern Africa in March 2019, damaging houses and destroying crops, their situation got worse.

A hard-working mother gets her life back after a disaster

December 16, 2019

When the rain started coming down in torrents, 34 year-old Jamiya Kandulo found shelter at the market where she had gone to sell her vegetables.

What’s even better than a roof?

December 9, 2019

When Cyclone Kenneth destroyed the homes and livelihoods of thousands of people like Rahima, it also contaminated drinking water and cut off communications.  The Humanitarian Coalition and our member agencies had to act fast.

Kids in crisis: how safe spaces help

October 10, 2019

After the earthquake disaster in Indonesia, as in many humanitarian crisis situations, the Humanitarian Coalition supported the operation of Child-friendly spaces (CFS) to respond to some of the special needs of children.

Oxfam-Québec supported the distribution of buckets and soap

September 16, 2019

Some 4,000 people who fled the flooding from Cyclone Idai in Malawi and Mozambique found refuge in Bangula Camp, Malawi. To enable access to drinking water and better hygiene, Oxfam-Québec supported the distribution of buckets and soap to the camp residents.

Food for a mom and her baby to come

September 16, 2019

Just a little over two weeks ago, Mwadaine Nasiyaya gave birth to a healthy baby girl, who she named Tamandani. Things could have been very different.

“We don’t take your support for granted”

September 11, 2019

When the rains and flooding from Cyclone Idai came through the Mulanje District in Malawi, one side of their house started getting wet so Kalisto Rular and his wife moved their eight children to the other side of the house.

Lucy’s farmer friends are counting on these crops

September 11, 2019

In response, the Humanitarian Coalition, through Canadian Foodgrains Bank member Presbyterian World Service and Development, is providing food baskets to vulnerable families, and seeds to farmers so they can eventually feed their families and restore their livelihoods.

Meet Ryan Duly: supporting the most vulnerable in a refugee crisis

August 19, 2019

How did a kid from White Rock, British Columbia end up working with South Sudanese and Congolese refugees in Uganda? And how does Humanity & Inclusion (HI), the organization that Ryan Duly works for, support the needs of the most vulnerable among these displaced populations?

Harry and Annie Bergshoeff: Everyday Canadians in the heart of humanitarian crises

August 19, 2019

They had been thinking about doing humanitarian work for a long time. In fact, before their careers in management and nursing (respectively), even before their wedding “a long time ago,” Harry and Annie Bergshoeff of Mississauga knew that someday, somehow, they would be giving back.

Telling the stories of humanitarian emergencies

August 19, 2019

After starting her professional life in project management in the cultural sector in Montreal, Bouabid left in July 2017 for a mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo as a communications advisor with Oxfam-Québec.

Children in Mozambique start to recover from Cyclone Idai

August 12, 2019

"First, there were strong winds and a lot of rain, and then the floods came. I was so scared. The water came so fast,” Lusiana, 12, says as she recounts the night Cyclone Idai touched down in Mozambique and destroyed her home.

A refugee mother finds help next door

July 29, 2019

Upon her arrival, Noor searched the refugee camps for her husband, but she could not find him. She says she was very afraid to live alone without him, and feared for the safety of her daughters. As the days went on, she became frustrated as she tried to work out how she would support her family without him.

Children receive help for trauma after tsunami disaster

July 26, 2019

Selsi lost her best friend when the powerful earthquake and tsunami struck Central Sulawesi in Indonesia. “Wulan was praying near me. I didn’t have time to grab her hand. She was inside the Musholla (prayer room) and I saw the roof collapse. I could run and save my own life, but not Wulan,” says Selsi, unable to hide the sadness in her eyes.