HUMANITARIAN COALITION members receive $8.5 million from Government of Canada’s International Development Agency
The HUMANITARIAN COALITION wishes to express its gratitude to the Government of Canada and the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) for its contribution of $8.5 million for relief efforts in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia, announced today.
The money, which is part of the Government’s pledge to aid relief efforts in the Horn of Africa, will go to three of the HUMANITARIAN COALITION’s five members: CARE Canada, Oxfam Canada and Plan Canada.
Thanks to the generosity of Canadians, the HUMANITARIAN COALITION’s members, which also include Oxfam-Québec and Save the Children Canada, have to date raised a combined $6.5 million. With the announcement of these contributions from CIDA, the HUMANITARIAN COALITION members have received a total of $15 million for urgent relief efforts in East Africa.
“The generosity of individual Canadians and the Government of Canada is critical to the work we are doing together in East Africa,” said Kevin McCort, President and CEO of CARE Canada and Chair of the HUMANITARIAN COALITION. “From water point rehabilitation and distributing water treatment chemicals, to emergency aid and advocacy, to providing supplementary food for children and mothers, we are reaching hundreds of thousands of people. But our work is far from done. We encourage Canadians to continue to donate so we can reach the millions more who are affected by the crisis.”
“We hope that Canadians will follow the government’s example and continue to respond to this crisis as we get into back-to-school season,” said Nicolas Moyer, Executive Director, the HUMANITARIAN COALITION.
The Government of Canada had previously announced that it would match, dollar-for-dollar, donations made by individual Canadians in a dedicated Relief Fund. The donation matching period ends on September 16.
As a joint Canadian approach to humanitarian response, the members of the HUMANITARIAN COALITION work together during times of international humanitarian disaster to ensure help gets to those who need it most. When a global emergency strikes, member agencies don’t compete for funds and broadcast slots, they focus on helping survivors of the disaster. With one call centre, one phone number and a joint website, donating to agencies that reach women, children and men with emergency supplies is easy for Canadians.
With a combined presence in more than 120 countries, the joint efforts by the members of the HUMANITARIAN COALITION provide a widespread and effective response to emergencies.
God bless you all.
Thanks for this generous donation.