Past Appeals: 2005 to 2009
The following list represents the humanitarian crisis appeals launched by the Humanitarian Coalition and its members from 2005 to 2009.
2009 Asia-Pacific Disasters
Four leading Canadian aid agencies came together under the banner of the Humanitarian Coalition to urge Canadians to support relief efforts in Asia after a series of violent storms and earthquakes hit several countries in the region causing humanitarian crises. Emergency programs included the delivery of safe drinking water, food, shelter materials and hygiene kits.
2008 Myanmar – Cyclone Nargis
Cyclone Nargis struck the southwest coast of Myanmar (Burma) in May 2008. It was estimated that more than 1.5 million people were severely affected by this disaster. The needs were great, and Canadians generously fundraised to support the relief efforts.
2008 Crisis in Kenya
Political instability in Kenya forced hundreds of families to flee their home.
The Canadian aid agencies of the Humanitarian Coalition's efforts to assist affected populations focused on the provision of life saving necessities, such as water, food, shelter and the protection of women and children, as well as on solutions to help people whose livelihoods had been put at risk. Community reconciliation and peace building initiatives were also undertaken to help prevent attacks and resolve conflicts at the community level.
2008 Floods in Southern Africa
Extreme rainfall in Mozambique, Zambia, Namibia, Lesotho, Malawi, Swaziland, and Zimbabwe caused a humanitarian crisis of severe flooding with devastating consequences. The effects were long-lasting: businesses needed to be rebuilt, homes were constructed, crops were replanted, and children returned to school. Humanitarian Coalition member agencies worked across the affected areas to help and support families and communities.
2006 Middle East Conflict
The Humanitarian Coalition members joined other international aid agencies in a comprehensive regional humanitarian crisis response to assist the people touched by this conflict in the Middle East. The Humanitarian Coalition members were already present in Lebanon, the West Bank and Gaza, Israel, Jordan and Syria, all of which were affected by the crisis. The emergency response was based entirely on meeting the needs of the most vulnerable. The money fundraised went directly to the people in the region, providing food, water, child protection and social support where it was most needed. Humanitarian Coalition members distributed essential supplies during and immediately following the crisis, including diapers, milk, clothing, hygiene kits and blankets. Support continued after the violence abated with reconstruction projects for municipal water supplies, helping to bring water to more than 2000 homes. In all, Canadians’ generous donations directly helped improve the lives of more than 27,000people, of which a majority were children.
2005 Pakistan Earthquake
The campaign consolidated and expedited the Canadian relief efforts and represents a significant milestone for Canada. It was the first time that Canadians were able to respond to a major humanitarian crisis in a single and unified voice. With your generous donations, the members of the Humanitarian Coalition were able to help nearly 450,000 people affected by the earthquake. Humanitarian crisis response included hygiene kits, winter clothes, blankets, tents, food and water were delivered to those in the greatest need. Schools have been rebuilt and many were renovated to allow for winter shelter.