UPDATED: August 19, 2021
Albertans are encouraged to donate and support urgent humanitarian needs across the globe. See below for links to Alberta and other Canadian organizations responding to urgent needs. Due to the rapid developments of humanitarian crises, ACGC encourages the public to follow information directly from the responding organization.
Humanitarian Coalition: www.humanitariancoalition.ca
In response to the devastating earthquake in western Haiti on August 14, Humanitarian Coalition members and their local partners are already actively responding by providing life-saving assistance to affected people. Donate to Haiti today to provide Haitian families with life-saving, emergency support.
In order to respond to humanitarian disasters quickly and effectively, the Humanitarian Coalition brings leading Canadian aid organizations together in a united effort to raise funds, partner with the government, and engage the participation of media, businesses and individual Canadians.
Albertans are encouraged to donate directly to the Humanitarian coalition, or may choose to visit the individual organizations website to donate to a specific organization.
Development and Peace, Caritas Canada:
Development and Peace’s partners, ITECA and Caritas Haiti, swung into action, sending relief trucks and assessment teams to the affected areas. These are the very regions whose recovery you had generously supported after Hurricane Matthew in 2016
Samaritan’s Purse has flown staff (including Canadians focusing on medical relief) and over 30 tons of relief supplies to Haiti on 15 August, but more aid is needed and that’s where you can help through your prayers and donations.
- Government of Quebec donates $1.5 million in support as well as medical supplied to Haiti
Canada has announced the resettlement of up to 20,000 vulnerable Afghan nationals to Canada.
- Canada is implementing special immigration measures for Afghan nationals, and their families, who have a significant and/or enduring relationship with the Government of Canada.
- Canada will implement a program focused on vulnerable Afghan nationals outside of Afghanistan, including women leaders, human rights advocates, LGBTI individuals, journalists, immediate family members of individuals in Canada and extended family members of previously resettled interpreters.
Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan: www.cw4wafghan.com
“Right now, our staff in Canada are working around the clock to ensure the security of vulnerable groups in Afghanistan, and supporting their safe departure from the country. We are also planning a response to the heightened humanitarian crisis with the influx of internally displaced persons (IDPs) who arrived in Kabul prior to the Taliban capture of the city. Many thousands of people are without adequate shelter and basic needs, including women and children who are disproportionately represented among the IDPs. Donate
Islamic Relief: www.islamicreliefcanada.org
Since July, over 10,000 displaced people have officially arrived in the capital Kabul, and thousands more are reportedly staying in the open making them especially vulnerable. Assessments are ongoing elsewhere such as in Nangarhar where 28,000 people from Kunar have reportedly been displaced. Islamic Relief is on the ground and has initiated an emergency response. Donate
- Read statement by Cooperation Canada on Afghanistan 17 August 2021
Humanitarian Crisis in Palestine
The escalation of conflict in the Spring of 2021 has amplified the existing humanitarian crisis in Palestine. Access to basic services is compromised and there is increasing need for medical supplies, food, clean water, psychosocial and economic empowerment. (Humanitarian Coalition)
Even though tensions are extremely high and the pandemic is ongoing, Islamic Relief is ready to help Palestine now. Islamic Relief will provide lifesaving care in areas where the health system is struggling to cope.
Humanity Auxilium continues to provide updates on our medical reliefs through our social media and website. May 24 Webinar – Medical Relief for Palestine
Mennonite Central Committee Canada
MCC will be working with partners to provide emergency relief to people affected. MCC staff and partners are assessing the situation and planning a response that will likely include emergency food, hygiene supplies, household items, housing reconstruction, and trauma healing.
In close partnership with four local civil society organizations, Care conducts the OBADER project, funded by the Government of Canada: Learn More
Save the Children
Almost 60 children killed in Gaza in the last week alone: Read Media Article
Immediate Relief Response Needed in Communities in India Facing Surge of COVID-19 Infections
Global Affairs Canada: Canada sending medical supplies to support COVID-19 response in India
“Canada continues to stand in solidarity with the people of India. We must all unite in this hour of need and work together in the global fight against this virus that is devastating lives across the globe.”
– Marc Garneau, Minister of Foreign Affairs
The surge is overwhelming health services across the country as daily infections continue to rise.
People are left fighting for their lives.
Hospitals and health centres are running out of beds, essential drugs and oxygen.
The crisis has affected lives and people’s livelihoods, with the poorest and most marginalised communities also facing food insecurity.
Mahatma Gandhi Canadian Foundation for World Peace
Distribution of medicine at a community health center
The Mahatma Gandhi Canadian Foundation for World Peace is joining with other prominent Gandhian and peace groups across North America to raise funds for Frontline Women who are working in their communities to respond to the crisis.
Rohingya Camp Fires
Islamic Relief Canada
Islamic Relief is on the ground now assessing immediate needs and providing urgent humanitarian aid. Our teams have deployed additional support from the local field office in Dhaka to Cox’s Bazar.
Families are in desperate need of food support, Covid-19 hygiene supplies, sanitation facilities, and shelter.
Help provide urgent relief and save a life today.
Humanity Auxilium is working tirelessly with their local partner AWARD, who is in the camps, to provide
immediate temporary shelter in the childcare centers, as many Rohingya women and children are
homeless now. We are working to disperse emergency funds right away to set up temporary medical
clinics where the local physicians, nurses, and volunteers will work to treat burn patients and mitigate the
spread of infection in the camps. These funds will also facilitate the transport of critical patients to Sodor
hospital in Cox’s Bazar. Humanity Auxilium will also support additional doctors from Chittagong to help
with the crisis in the camps.
Islamic Relief Canada is responding to the Yemen Crisis: 24 million people are in need of humanitarian aid
With COVID-19 spreading rapidly in the country, Yemen is trying to fight this devastating pandemic but unfortunately the country has limited resources that allow for detection, isolation and treatment of the disease.
More than five years of conflict has deepened Yemen’s poverty, devastated its infrastructure, and caused widespread hunger and suffering and this disease is a second front that Yemen is unprepared for. The Yemen crisis is getting worse, day by day.
There are not enough hospital beds or supplies to treat those seriously ill.