Stories | Humanitarian Coalition
The people behind the stories The people behind the 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.

2018 at a glance : Together we saved more lives

March 6, 2019

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.

Water aid in Ethiopia

From sickness to smiles

February 26, 2019

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

Food aid for people affected by cyclones that hit Fiji

Even paradise can get swamped

February 20, 2019

“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.

Habiba finally gets relief

February 20, 2019

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?

Family in Papua New Guinea after earthquake 2018

A young family longs for “normal” after devastating earthquake

February 4, 2019

“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.”

young Lynn Ostergaard

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

January 29, 2019

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.

How collaboration helped Rizky find his family

January 4, 2019

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.
Maombi, Congo refugee in Uganda

Maombi finds a place to call home

December 13, 2018

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

Delivering aid when you've lost your roof

December 3, 2018

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.

Difference between hurricane cyclone typhoon

Crash Course: Tropical Storms 101

November 20, 2018

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

When giving money is a smart investment

November 20, 2018

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.

Typhoon Kai-Tak vs the Captain of the barangay

November 5, 2018

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.

Hanging onto hope when the mountain falls

October 30, 2018

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.

Typhoon Mangkhut

September 17, 2018

Humanitarian Coalition member agencies and their partners are on the ground, monitoring the situation and preparing to respond with life-saving aid.

So much water, and nothing to drink

August 13, 2018

Last summer, some 43 million people like her were affected by flooding and landslides caused by monsoon rains across India, Bangladesh and Nepal.

Oxfam Canada helps Cubans return to everyday life after Irma

August 7, 2018

When Hurricane Irma struck Cuba as a Category 5 storm in early September 2017, pummeling the island with winds up to 200 km/h, Caridad Pérez González’s already difficult life – and that of her family – became that much harder.

Clean water is a life-saver after a typhoon in Vietnam

August 2, 2018

After Typhoon Doksuri struck, CARE Canada, Global Affairs Canada, and the Humanitarian Coalition worked together to make Lûan’s wish come true for thousands of people.

Out of a mango tree and on to a new life

July 11, 2018

The Canadian Lutheran World Relief (member of the Humanitarian Coalition) supported people like Bishku and his wife, who were affected by Nepal flooding in 2017. 

One night, one moment: that’s all it took to change the lives of many

May 29, 2018

The landslide changed everything for our community in just one night, explained Chief Kabay in Freetown, Sierra Leone

How the little things save lives following disasters

March 26, 2018

Humanitarian Coalition member agency CARE, already in Mozambique, quickly assessed the situation to determine the areas of greatest need that weren’t being met.

In their own words: the aftermath of the Sri Lankan monsoon

March 26, 2018

Three people recall the devastation caused by the floods and how - thanks to Oxfam’s help - they were able to clean up and recover.

Safe drinking water hard to find after devastating floods

March 22, 2018

Plan International repaired 300 tube wells, installed 1,400 household latrines, and provided 2,000 families with hygiene kits.

Lost, scared, but not alone

February 1, 2018

A fortuitous encounter with a community outreach worker at a Child Friendly Space run by Save the Children helped Véronique slowly begin to heal.

After the floods: Nepalese families receive Canadian help to rebuild

January 26, 2018

Providing life-saving assistance to approximately 10,500 people affected by the floods.