The Canadian Humanitarian Assistance Fund: Tropical Cyclone Idai

The Canadian Humanitarian Assistance Fund (CHAF) responds to smaller-scale, rapid-onset crises where there are unmet humanitarian needs. The fund enables Humanitarian Coalition members to respond quickly to provide assistance, such as:

  • emergency food
  • water
  • sanitation and hygiene,
  • emergency health care
  • shelter

The suffering of people caught up in a smaller-scale, sudden onset disaster is just as serious as a large-scale disaster. However, these localized crises do not always make it to international news screens.

The CHAF ensures that funds are allocated quickly to the member of the Humanitarian Coalition that is best placed to respond to a given disaster. Combined, the members of the Humanitarian Coalition (Canadian Lutheran World Relief, CARE Canada, Islamic Relief Canada, Oxfam Canada, Oxfam Québec, Plan Canada and Save the Children Canada) are present in over 154 countries worldwide. When local disasters occur, members of local agencies can provide rapid and appropriate responses resulting from:

  • Their local knowledge
  • Their community-level relationships
  • The program capacity.

March 2019

Malawi – Tropical Cyclone Idai

Through the Canadian Humanitarian Assistance Fund (CHAF), an allocation of $297,500 has been made to support CARE Canada in providing immediate assistance to approximately 15,000 people for four months in response to Tropical Cyclone Idai in Malawi. The operation will provide safe water and sanitation and shelter to Malawians displaced or affected by the cyclone.

Malawi – Tropical Cyclone Idai

Through the Canadian Humanitarian Assistance Fund (CHAF), an allocation of $297,500 has been made to support Plan Canada in providing immediate assistance to approximately 11,000 people for four months in response to Tropical Cyclone Idai in Malawi. The operation will provide safe water and sanitation and shelter to Malawians displaced or affected by the cyclone.

Mozambique – Tropical Cyclone Idai 

Through the Canadian Humanitarian Assistance Fund (CHAF), an allocation of $595,000 has been made to support Oxfam Canada in providing immediate assistance to approximately 75,000 people for six months in response to Tropical Cyclone Idai in Mozambique. The operation will be delivered by COSACA, a decade-old consortium comprised of Oxfam, CARE, and Save the Children, leveraging each organization’s unique expertise and experience. Support to COSACA will provide safe water and sanitation, emergency shelter, and protection for Mozambicans displaced or affected by the cyclone. 

For more details on this emergency operation supported by Canada, consult the Humanitarian Coalition.