OTTAWA, June 14, 2012 /CNW/ - The HUMANITARIAN COALITION, made up of
five leading Canadian aid agencies, launches a joint appeal today to
help the people of the Sahel region of West Africa survive drought and
food shortages. More than 18 million people are at risk of severe
hunger. The HUMANITARIAN COALITION urges Canadians to support this
relief effort so that a catastrophe can be averted and lives can be
saved in Niger, Mali, Chad, Burkina Faso, Mauritania, Senegal, and The
The member agencies of the HUMANITARIAN COALITION, CARE Canada, Oxfam
Canada, Oxfam-Québec, Plan Canada, and Save the Children Canada, have
been present in the region for decades. Over the past months, in
response to the food crisis, work on nutrition centres, child education
programs, resilience mechanisms, cash-for-work initiatives, assistance
to pastoralist communities and Malian refugees has been dramatically
scaled up. But the needs of the millions of people facing hunger are
now reaching emergency levels.
"Recurring drought is a fact of life in the Sahel and we have already
been working with communities to stave off its life-threatening
effects," said Rosemary McCarney, President and CEO of Plan Canada.
"But now we need to intensify that response before this crisis becomes
catastrophic, and so that we can save the lives of families and
children who are hungry for food and our attention."
"We can make a difference," said Robert Fox, Executive Director of Oxfam
Canada. "Acting now will have a direct impact on the lives of families in areas
where crops have failed, market prices are inflated, and insecurity
After raising awareness of the looming crisis in the Sahel for a number
of months, and in addition to allocating $160,000 of its limited
resources to support the work of its member agencies, the HUMANITARIAN
COALITION is now reaching out to Canadians and inviting them to give
what they can to help the people of the Sahel.
"Today, we are coming together to ask generous Canadians to support our
efforts and to encourage their friends and family to do the same," said
Patricia Erb, President and CEO of Save the Children Canada.
The HUMANITARIAN COALITION 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 reduce administrative costs by
uniting to raise funds and inform the public on humanitarian needs.
To donate to THE HUMANITARIAN COALITION, call 1-800-464-9154, log onto together.ca or send donations to THE HUMANITARIAN COALITION, P.O. Box 7023, Ottawa,
ON, K1L 5A0.
SOURCE Humanitarian Coalition
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