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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.

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
Difference between hurricane cyclone typhoon?

Crash Course: Tropical Storms 101

What’s the difference between a hurricane, a typhoon and a cyclone?

November 20, 2018

When giving money is a smart investment

A flood in southern Nepal in 2017 left Krishna Maya Char and her husband and five children with no grain, no clothes, and nothing to eat.

November 20, 2018

Typhoon Kai-Tak vs the Captain of the barangay

When Kai-Tak bore down on the community of Binohangan, all eyes were on Teresita Delda Rosales, the elected ‘captain of the barangay’ or community chairperson.

November 5, 2018

Hanging onto hope when the mountain falls

Sento managed to climb out of the water and get on dry land, where she found her 4-year old daughter Hannah. She rescued her from the rubble, and they continued the search for her husband, baby and her eldest daughter.

October 30, 2018