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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.

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.

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.