Cyclone survivors receive help in Somalia
The Humanitarian Coalition announced that CARE Canada will use $300,000 from the Canadian Humanitarian Assistance Fund (CHAF) to help cyclone survivors in Somalia.
Back to back tropical cyclones hit the coastal areas of Puntland in Somalia on November 3 and 4. The storms and resulting flooding caused widespread damage to homes and local infrastructure. Those affected are nomads, pastoralists and fishermen, with women and children the most affected by the loss of shelter, clean drinking water and livelihoods. Approximately 50,000 people in 24 settlements in the region are affected. Their loss includes 25,000 animals (sheep, goats, camels); 350 houses; 1,700 date palm trees and 3,4,00 fruit trees; 280 fishing boats, water sources in four villages and 45 km of roads.
CARE’s response will focus on improving access to water and hygiene services for 12,000 people by rehabilitating shallow wells, distributing water and handing out hygiene kits. It will also include cash-for-work initiatives targeting 240 households (1,440 persons of which 734 are female) and increasing access to non-food items for 1,050 people.
The funds for this response are broken down as follows:
- $225,000 from Global Affairs Canada
- $30,000 from the Humanitarian Coalition
- $45,000 from CARE Canada
About the CHAF
The CHAF is a unique Canadian humanitarian funding mechanism, managed by the Humanitarian Coalition and co-financed by Global Affairs Canada and the Coalition member agencies. It responds to an important funding gap by supporting timely and reliable humanitarian assistance to people affected by smaller-scale, rapid-onset disasters. The CHAF enables the humanitarian community to respond to crises which receive very little global media attention and where assistance is particularly difficult to finance.
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About the Humanitarian Coalition
The Humanitarian Coalition Canada’s only joint fundraising approach to humanitarian response, is a “one-stop-shop for all Canadians during times of international humanitarian crises. The seven member agencies, present in more than 150 countries around the world, work together to reduce competition, inform the public on humanitarian needs, increase the impact of Canadian humanitarian responses and minimize administrative costs. Together, saving more lives.