Children's rights organization Plan Canada joins HUMANITARIAN COALITION

OTTAWA, May 19 /CNW/ - Plan Canada, a member of one of the oldest and largest international development organizations supporting social justice for children, has joined the HUMANITARIAN COALITION.

Now comprised of CARE Canada, Oxfam Canada, Oxfam-Québec, Plan Canada and Save the Children Canada, the HUMANITARIAN COALITION brings together leading Canadian humanitarian organizations to efficiently and effectively raise money in times of international humanitarian crisis. By eliminating unnecessary competition, reducing duplicated fundraising costs and educating the public on humanitarian needs, we can focus on what really matters: helping those in need during times of disaster.

"Plan Canada is proud to join the HUMANITARIAN COALITION and the important initiative put forward by its members to form a Canadian cross-sector partnership to help the survivors of humanitarian disasters," said Rosemary McCarney, President and CEO of Plan Canada. "When disaster strikes and lives are in the balance, our sector must work in solidarity to ensure we respond in the best way possible, and the HUMANITARIAN COALITION is an inspiring example of what we can achieve."

"Plan Canada is a highly respected organization, with a proven track record in humanitarian response, promotion of children's rights and working to stop child poverty," said Nicolas Moyer, Coordinator, HUMANITARIAN COALITION. "Aid agencies that join the HUMANITARIAN COALITION benefit from economies of scale: we pool resources to spend donor dollars more efficiently and save more lives. With Plan Canada's membership and the continued support of companies like CTV, CBC and eBay Canada we continue to create a new and better model for ensuring more help reaches the survivors of disasters wherever they happen."

As a joint Canadian approach to humanitarian response, the members of the HUMANITARIAN COALITION work together during times of international humanitarian disaster to ensure help gets to those who need it most. When a global emergency strikes, member agencies don't compete for funds and broadcast slots, they focus on helping survivors of the disaster.  With one call centre, one phone number and a joint website, donating to agencies that reach women, children and men with emergency supplies is easy for Canadians.

With a combined presence in more than 120 countries, the joint efforts by the members of the HUMANITARIAN COALITION provide a widespread and effective response to emergencies.

SOURCE Humanitarian Coalition

For further information:

Nicolas Moyer, Coordinator, HUMANITARIAN COALITION
613-237-5236 ext. 2281 (direct), 613-796-8145 (mobile)

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