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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.

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.

"We can also decide”: Peruvian women take charge of their disaster recovery

December 14, 2017

In March 2017, heavy rains caused massive flooding across Peru.

A little help goes a long way

December 13, 2017

There were many hurricanes and cyclones 2017, but Cyclone Enawo, which pummeled the whole east coast of Madagascar.

Lives of Rohingya children at risk

November 27, 2017

Often arriving without clean water, food, and basic supplies, many individuals, especially children, are in need of desperate assistance.

Refugees forced into makeshift shelters in Bangladesh

November 24, 2017

It may not seem like it but Romzima is one of the lucky refugees in Bangladesh. Unlike an estimated 70% of new arrivals, she has a shelter.

Rohingya refugees find safety after experiencing horror

November 24, 2017

Noura and her family are part of the more than 600,000 Rohingya people who have crossed to neighbouring Bangladesh in just three months.

The importance of clean water and proper sanitation in Bangladesh

November 8, 2017

More than 600,000 Rohingya people have fled Myanmar since August 25, 2017. Of those, nearly half don’t have access to safe drinking water.

Children bear brunt of deteriorating situation on Myanmar and Bangladesh border

November 7, 2017

As more refugees arrive in Bangladesh, the need for medical services and emergency supplies is constantly increasing.

Sick, tired, and hungry: Rohingya refugees face hardships in Bangladesh

November 6, 2017

As of October 23, 2017, an estimated 603,000 Rohingya have crossed the border into Bangladesh from Myanmar.

Rohingya people faced with a very different life in refugee camps

November 6, 2017

On a daily basis, refugees struggle with limited or no access to basic sanitation, safe drinking water, toilets and food.

Emergency food a growing concern for refugees in Bangladesh

November 3, 2017

After walking for as many as 14 days with little food and water, hunger and malnutrition are often a pressing problem that many new arrivals face.

Women and children fleeing Myanmar

October 31, 2017

More than 600,000 people have fled Myanmar since August 25, 2017; 80 per cent of those are women and children.

Can cleaning a toilet bring joy?

October 16, 2017

Cleaning the washroom probably sits low on the favourite chores list of most people.

Clean water keeps disease at bay following disaster

October 6, 2017

Like the other members of her community, Cherie Melida lost everything because of Hurricane Matthew.

“We are alive, and that is what is important”

October 6, 2017

Cuba is no stranger to hurricanes, but Gregoria says Matthew's strength was the most intense she has ever seen.

Young but no longer alone

August 30, 2017

South Sudanese youth finds Canadian support in Uganda refugee camp.

Mai Thi Tung receives support after floods in Vietnam

Canadian assistance helps Vietnamese family

August 25, 2017

Sheltering in the attic, rationing rice and rainwater, Mai Thi Tung could only hope the floodwater would soon recede.

Building stronger houses after the storm

August 9, 2017

CARE responded to the needs of the affected people in six remote villages.

Ottawa school helps Stop Famine Together

June 30, 2017

For students at Cairine Wilson Secondary School in Ottawa, it was also a time to raise awareness of the hunger crisis affecting more than 20 million people in parts of Africa and Yemen.

Aid reaching those in need

June 30, 2017

Humanitarian aid is reaching hundreds of thousands of people affected by drought and conflict in parts of Africa and Yemen.

Shelters provide a sense of normalcy for refugees

June 20, 2017

CLWR has been providing shelters for South Sudanese refugees in Uganda since 2015.