Stories | Humanitarian Coalition


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.

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 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.

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.

"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.