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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.

Hygiene kits help protect families from COVID-19

February 3, 2021

“I lived through various conflicts in Lebanon but what happened to us from this explosion is more catastrophic,” said Walid Chandin AL-Sa’id.

New water tanks collect water, bring hope

January 25, 2021

In April 2020, a category 5 tropical cyclone devastated the Penama province of Vanuatu. Power lines went down, trees were uprooted, roofs were ripped off, homes and gardens were destroyed, and roads were washed out.

A small investment for a great harvest

January 25, 2021

On May 31, 2020, Reina Isabel and her family were startled awake in the middle of the night by Tropical Storm Amanda.

Meet Hagop and Anaheed, from Beirut

January 25, 2021

My name is Hagop. I am 90 years old. I am Lebanese and Armenian and I used to be a professional director. I live with my 80-year-old sister Anaheed, who used to design clothes, in this apartment near the port that we have been renting for the past years.

2020: a year in review

January 25, 2021

In 2020, thanks to the support of the Government of Canada and generous Canadians, the Humanitarian Coalition responded to 14 humanitarian emergencies around the world.

Families in Beirut receive food aid

January 20, 2021

Garry and Kate Mayhew were cleaning up after dinner in their Beirut, Lebanon apartment when they felt the ground shake beneath them. Then they heard a boom so loud and so powerful it threw them to the floor.

An ounce of prevention

December 22, 2020

Abdullah is a 43-year-old father of seven children. When his home in Kuma, in North Darfur, Sudan was destroyed by floods, Abdullah, his wife and his children survived, but they lost everything.

A home of her own

December 22, 2020

Beor Jan was out fetching firewood when the earthquake struck. She rushed back to her home and found her nephew and her neighbours in tears. Everyone was in shock, crying and praying.

Just in time for the baby

December 17, 2020

Serine Ouadis Toulough is a 35-year-old homemaker with two children. She and her husband live in Beirut, less than one kilometre from the epicenter of the August 4th explosion. Their neighbourhood was considered to be one of the zones of Beirut with the most damage and destruction.

Some injuries take longer to heal

December 8, 2020

On August 4th, C finished her shift at the hotel and walked home. She lived in a small studio apartment in the Karentina-Mdawar area in Beirut, Lebanon. She had barely walked through the front door when it happened. Her apartment was less than one kilometer away from centre of the blast that blew across the city.

Hayat will have shelter in time for winter

November 18, 2020

Hayat is a 65-year-old woman living in Ashrafieh, a community in the eastern part of Beirut. She lived through the long years of civil war in Lebanon with her daughter Nancy, and her son Shadi. At 2 years old, Shadi lost his hearing and his ability to speak when a bomb exploded too close to his home.

Helping the injured after the blast in Beirut

November 9, 2020

Many of Beirut’s inhabitants were seriously injured when explosions ripped through the city’s port on August 4th. Humanity and Inclusion’s (HI) voluntary workers have been reaching out to the residents of two Beirut neighbourhoods — Quarantine and Basta — to provide physiotherapy, cash assistance and emergency equipment to the injured and people with disabilities. Since the explosion, HI has provided aid to 500 people.

Young Canadian fiddler raises funds for Beirut

November 9, 2020

When the explosion happened in the port of Beirut, Max knew he wanted to help the people of Lebanon. Keeping in mind COVID-19 and personal safety, Max asked his parents for help setting up a virtual concert, a livestream on Facebook that could be shared with friends and family.

A reason to dance

November 2, 2020

Kayampork is a widow and mother of four children from the Upper East Region of Ghana. In October 2019, torrential rains caused devastating flooding in the region. People lost their livelihoods because farms and houses were submerged in the floods and more than 26,000 people were displaced and living with relatives or in temporary shelters.

Umm Walid and her children make a run for it

October 29, 2020

When the bombing destroyed the medical centre, the school and many of the homes in her village of Al-Tah in Idlib, Umm Walid decided it was time to make a run for it.

Josephine’s family survives the shocks

October 29, 2020

The roof on Josephine’s house had caved in and the structural damage made it unsafe to enter. Her 12-member household, including extended family, had nowhere to go, so they set up a makeshift tent beside their house.

The right help at the right time

October 28, 2020

Haseena’s family, like many others in her village, were suffering from the double calamity — a weather disaster that damaged food stocks and water infrastructure and blocked off roads, and the impact of a global pandemic on a rural economy.

Sonia’s birthday party disaster

October 19, 2020

After dinner, Sonia’s father, Jonny, had to head back to work at their family restaurant. Sonia and her mother, Georgie, decided to invite their neighbour for birthday cake. That’s when the explosion in the port of Beirut happened.

Our house has been erased from the map

July 24, 2020

When floods came to his village in Mali, Gaboukoro Traoré didn’t have much time to pack. “We were alerted by the arrival of runoff water just a few hours before it reached my village, so we were only able to save a few materials and animals. My whole house collapsed and was washed away.”

From worried mother to community leader

July 20, 2020

Najat Hamid, a member of the community, leads the workshop. She is regarded as a champion of proper hygiene in her community but it wasn’t too long ago that she was sitting in these training sessions herself, hoping to learn how to protect her children’s health.

Helping a child deal with unspeakable loss

July 14, 2020

Twelve-year-old Tino has had to deal with serious trauma. She lost both her parents and all three of her siblings when Cyclone Idai struck her village in Zimbabwe, and washed her house away in the middle of the night.

Nasima’s family is back on track

July 7, 2020

Nasima lives in the Jamalpur district of Bangladesh where more than 2 million people were affected by floods in July 2019. More than 100,000 hectares of crops were washed away -- a land area the size of Toronto.

Water is life

July 7, 2020

In August 2019, when wildfires burned out of control in Bolivia, wells and drinking water were contaminated.

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.