Humanitarian Coalition Launches Appeal for Typhoon Haiyan

OTTAWA, Nov. 10, 2013 /CNW/ - Today, the Humanitarian Coalition is launching a national joint appeal to help the victims of Typhoon Haiyan. It is with heavy hearts that we receive reports of deaths, injuries, and extensive damage caused to people's homes and livelihoods.

Our member agencies have been working in the Philippines for decades alongside local partner organizations. They are now assessing the needs of the more than 4 million people affected by the typhoon and scaling up their programs to respond to the urgent needs of the most vulnerable communities.

In this early stage of the emergency response, exact numbers remain difficult to confirm. But the sheer force of the storm and the populated area where it made landfall point to very high casualty estimates. To assist survivors, our member agencies will be providing drinking water, food, shelter, and medicines.

The Humanitarian Coalition and its member agencies welcome the Government of Canada's decision to match donations from Canadians. The generous support of Canadians is essential for relief efforts to have an impact and reach stranded families, children who have been separated from their parents, and the elderly.

Together, we are responding and will continue to help the people of the Philippines as they rebuild their communities in the weeks and months ahead. For more information, go to: www.together.ca

The Humanitarian Coalition is a joint appeal mechanism. It is comprised of CARE Canada, Oxfam Canada, Oxfam-Québec, Plan Canada and Save the Children. With a combined presence in more than 120 countries, we bring together Canada's leading aid agencies to finance relief efforts in times of international humanitarian crises. We work together to eliminate unnecessary competition, reduce the duplication of fundraising costs, and inform the public on humanitarian needs. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

SOURCE: Humanitarian Coalition

For further information:

For interviews, please contact :

Humanitarian Coalition
Marie-Jo Proulx
613-617-3596
mj.proulx@humanitariancoalition.ca

CARE Canada
Suzanne Charest
613-790-2134
media@care.ca

Plan Canada
Dena Allen
647-723-6340
dallen@plancanada.ca

Oxfam Canada
Melanie Gallant
613-240-3047
melaniegallant@oxfam.ca

Save the Children
Kisten Walkom
647-631-3862
kwalkom@savethechildren.ca

Oxfam-Québec
Justine Lesage
514- 513-0013
lesagej@oxfam.qc.ca


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