News release: crisis in East Africa

The Humanitarian Coalition thanks Canadians for their generous response to the relief efforts

OTTAWA, Sept. 19, 2011 /CNW/ - The HUMANITARIAN COALITION wishes to express its deepest gratitude to Canadians for their generosity in the face of the famine and drought currently afflicting parts of East Africa. In the ten weeks between the launch of their appeal on July 6th and the close of the Canadian government donation matching period at midnight on September 16, the HUMANITARIAN COALITION and its members have raised over $12 million for East Africa relief efforts.

"Canadians are known to be among the most generous people in the world, and they have again lived up to that reputation," said Nicolas Moyer, Executive Director of the HUMANITARIAN COALITION. "The needs in East Africa have been and continue to be immense, and Canadians have answered the call for donations as our member organizations work to respond to this crisis. The response has been truly touching."

The HUMANITARIAN COALITION consists of CARE Canada, Oxfam Canada, Oxfam-Québec, Plan Canada and Save the Children Canada. Each organization has extensive programs responding to the needs of millions of people affected by the crisis in Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia and Djibouti, from supplying water, food and education to children, to public health programs, providing hygiene kits and working directly with refugees in refugee camps in the region.

As the crisis unfolds in the months to come, the HUMANITARIAN COALITION members will continue to respond with essential services for the most vulnerable populations, including women and children, and to work with afflicted communities as they undertake to rebuild their livelihoods.

With a combined presence in more than 120 countries, members of the HUMANITARIAN COALITION work together to reduce unnecessary competition, better educate the public on humanitarian needs, increase the impact of Canadian humanitarian responses and reduce administrative costs. Consisting of CARE Canada, Oxfam Canada, Oxfam-Québec, Plan Canada and Save the Children Canada, the HUMANITARIAN COALITION makes donating easy for Canadians.

To donate to the HUMANITARIAN COALITION, call 1-800-464-9154, log onto or send donations to THE HUMANITARIAN COALITION at P.O. Box 7023, Ottawa, ON, K1L 5A0.  

SOURCE Humanitarian Coalition

For further information:

For interviews with spokespeople in Canada or East Africa, please call:

CARE Canada
Alison Frehlich
          Oxfam Canada
Juliet O'Neill
613-240-3047  (cell)
Justine Lesage
514.513.0013 (cell)
Plan Canada
Abigail Brown
          Save the Children
Cicely McWilliam
647-291-1683 (cell)


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