Stories

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.

July 27, 2021

When the huge explosion rocked the port of Beirut in August 2020, Fatima immediately had a flashback to the war in Syria.

July 27, 2021

“Everything is gone! You have to come to Beirut immediately. A disaster has happened!"

July 26, 2021

Like many in Lebanon, Darwich is a manual worker, looking for jobs every day. This means his income is unpredictable – if there’s no work, there’s no money.

July 23, 2021
“My children, especially the younger ones, were crying more often and wouldn’t leave me alone,” says Amal. The doctors told her husband -- a port worker -- to rest and stay off work for at least six weeks.
July 2, 2021
Water, too much of it, uninvited and out of control, flooded her house. Madina, her husband and her children spent the next ten days sleeping under a plastic sheet.
May 26, 2021
The words of our colleagues are being echoed across the country as hundreds of thousands of Indo-Canadians bear the burden of waiting for news from friends and family in India.
April 29, 2021
Loubna and her family first arrived in Lebanon as refugees, and together they rented a small apartment in Bekaa. Loubna got a job as a caretaker in a clothing store, which allowed her to provide for her two daughters on her own, since her husband is no longer in the picture.
April 29, 2021
The only thing worse than having to flee your own home because of flooding, is having to do it two nights in a row.
April 14, 2021
Dina and her family live in Syria. Ten years into the relentless conflict in that country, more than 11 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance.
April 6, 2021
At 26 years old, she was a proud business owner of a beauty salon. But after the explosion, her shop was destroyed – the windows shattered, the walls crumbled and her equipment was broken.
April 6, 2021
Hanaa, 39 years old, was living in Karantina with her husband and three young children when the explosion upended their lives. Since then, the family has been trying to rebuild.
March 23, 2021
Samira, a 74-year-old widow from a city on the outskirts of Beirut works in a laundry at a nearby hospital where she is paid about $57 per month. “I finish my work, prepare my food and then sleep. That’s it for my day,” she says.