Crisis Response

We need to stop talking about a Refugee Crisis

Since I was a child, I have always been interested in poetry. At the beginning of the Syrian revolution in 2011, which turned into a conflict in less than a year, I began reading the translated books of Rumi, a 13th-century Persian poet.

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When Hunger Strikes, Food Aid Bridges the Gap

Hunger is rising. This year, 350 million people in 79 countries—more than double pre-pandemic numbers—will be acutely food insecure. Amidst a hunger crisis, families need sustainable food solutions like learning how to grow nutritious veggies, but not all families have time to wait for gardens to grow.

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Why is there a hunger crisis?

We’re in the midst of a hunger crisis

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UPDATE: Guatemala Hurricane Response

Partner communities in Guatemala continue to battle the chaos following two consecutive hurricanes, Eta and Iota. After weeks of destructive wind, rain, and floods, the communities in Cotzal and the community of Villa Hortensia II are only just starting to plan to return to rebuild. The partner communities of Acul, Rio Azul, and Xonca, on the other hand, have only seen minor damages; many families were on alert at the outset of Iota, and took precautions or relocated.

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UPDATE COVID-19 and Partner Communities

See the most recent updates from all of our partner communities.

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Surviving the Hunger Pandemic

The community of Char Borobila hasn’t been the same since the pandemic hit.

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UPDATE: Mozambique Cyclone

Cyclone Kenneth hit the coast of northern Mozambique April 25, 2019. It’s the second cyclone to plague the country this year, with cyclone Idai having torn through the centre of the nation only six weeks earlier in mid-March.

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Does Poverty Provoke Extremism?

Is the next terror attack just around the corner?

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Sending Rain to a World on Fire

In 2011, Syria burst into flames as a civil war ripped through the country tearing apart families, communities, and cities. The war has continued raging for the last six years with no end in sight. Over 220,000 people have been killed, most are civilian casualties—men, women, children—this war does not discriminate. More than 50 percent of the population has been internally displaced, with 4.8 million people fleeing as refugees. Two and a half million of those refugees are under the age of 18; this unbridled violence has put Syria’s children at extreme risk.

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UPDATE: Hurricane Matthew Aftermath First Look

One week ago we held our breath as Hurricane Matthew bore down on Haiti and other Caribbean nations. Maybe its course would just skim the island, maybe it wouldn’t be as bad a projected, maybe families would be protected. Tragically, it’s worse than we thought.

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UPDATE: Haiti Relief Only Just Begins After Hurricane Matthew

Hurricane Matthew was deemed category 4 (out of 5) at landfall earlier this week - the worst in a decade. The heavy rain and wind pushed over countless homes, turned streets into rivers, and caused widespread damage - some of the worst seen since the earthquake in 2010.

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Confused about the Syrian refugee crisis? Here's a quick summary

Over the past week, we have been overwhelmed with images and news stories about hundreds of thousands of desperate Syrian refugees pressing into Europe, overflowing borders and causing a major upheaval. Our hearts were broken as the devastating image of a Syrian child face down on the beach circulated through our social media feeds. And it's got us asking a lot of questions.

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9 Facts You Probably Didn't Know About Global Refugees

"Globally, one in every 122 humans is now either a refugee, internally displaced, or seeking asylum. If this were the population of a country, it would be the world's 24th biggest." This shocking statistic is just one thing I learned in the process of researching the state of our global refugees. Here are nine facts you probably didn't know about global refugees (fact 9 has some times for how you and I can help!).

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Emergency Update: Medical Container Arrives Safely In Kurdistan, Iraq

Over the past four years, we in Canada have watched with horror as the political crisis in Syria spiraled into uncontrolled chaos with no end in sight. In the past year, terrorist groups have spread violence from Syria across Northern Iraq, threatening the fragile stability of Kurdistan and resulting in an increasing number of refugee camps.

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