HUMANITARIAN COALITION members responding to drought crisis in East Africa

Canada’s leading humanitarian organizations and members of the HUMANITARIAN COALITION are working in east Africa, providing urgently needed relief to the most vulnerable people affected by this crisis.

August 3, 2011

Canada’s leading humanitarian organizations and members of the HUMANITARIAN COALITION are working in East Africa and are providing urgently needed relief to the most vulnerable people affected by this crisis, including women, children and the elderly.

The HUMANITARIAN COALITION members have so far raised over $3.8 million in Canada towards the relief efforts. The need in the area is great and the response must be generous. The United Nations has identified that the response to this crisis will require $1.4 billion over the coming months.
In response to the crisis, here are just a few examples of what HUMANITARIAN COALITION members have done so far the funds raised:

  • Save the Children is supporting 1.4 million people in Kenya, Somalia, and Ethiopia; providing food, water, medicine, livelihood support and by protecting children. Save the Children is distributing water to areas severely affected by the drought and improving water supply and sanitation facilities in health clinics and schools.
     
  • Plan’s immediate aid is supporting over 260,000 people in Kenya, delivering water, medicine, food, shelter, and hygiene promotion. In Ethiopia nearly 1 million people will be provided with school meals, water, farming supplies, and high-protein and calorie-rich food supplements specifically for 11, 500 children and breast-feeding mothers experiencing malnutrition.
     
  • Oxfam is providing water and sanitation to more than 230,000 people on the outskirts of Mogadishu, Somalia. Oxfam is also assisting over 60,000 who have fled drought zones of Southern Somalia and have arrived in the capital. Throughout Somalia, Oxfam is reaching over 500,000 people who benefit from various programs which include direct cash relief for displaced families, water and sanitation services, and cash for work projects.
     
  •  CARE is reaching over 1 million women, men and children across the region by providing food, water, education, health services, and livelihood support. CARE continues its ongoing and emergency work in the Dadaab refugee camp, focusing on delivering water, food and support to women and girls suffering from sexual and gender-based violence.

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About the HUMANITARIAN COALITION

With a combined presence in over 120 countries, the joint efforts by the members of the HUMANITARIAN COALITION provide a widespread and effective response to emergencies. The group has one phone number and a joint website for online donations in order to make donating easy for Canadians.  

To donate to THE HUMANITARIAN COALITION, call us toll-free at 1-800-464-9154, log onto our website at www.together.ca or send donations to HUMANITARIAN COALITION, P.O. Box 7023, Ottawa, ON, K1L 5A0.
 

 

For Media inquiries, please contact:


CARE Canada
Alexandra Lopoukhine
media@care.ca

Plan Canada
Abigail Brown
abrown@plancanada.ca

Oxfam Canada
Katia Gianneschi
Katia.gianneschi@oxfam.ca

Save the Children
Denise Koulis
DKoulis@savethechildren.ca

Oxfam-Québec
Justine Lesage
LesageJ@oxfam.qc.ca