Government of Canada to Match Donations for Cyclone Idai Crisis

Fund will amplify response of individual Canadians, ensure more help for survivors

The Government of Canada will match donations from individual Canadians to the Cyclone Idai appeal of the Humanitarian Coalition.

Severe flooding related to Cyclone Idai in Zimbabwe, Malawi and Mozambique has devastated the lives of millions. Many people have lost their lives. Roads, homes, schools, and crops have been destroyed, leaving survivors in need of basic necessities. About three million people across the three countries need urgent humanitarian assistance.

The Foodgrains Bank is a new member of the Humanitarian Coalition, a united effort of leading Canadian aid agencies to provide Canadians with a simple and effective way to help people in times of emergency. The Humanitarian Coalition works together to reduce unnecessary fundraising competition, increase the impact of humanitarian responses, and reduce administrative costs.

“We are grateful for the contribution of the Government of Canada in providing a matching fund to multiply the contributions of individuals who want to help people affected by this disaster,” says Foodgrains Bank executive director Jim Cornelius.

“We know Canadians are generous—and look forward to seeing the impact of so many coming together to make a difference,” he adds.

The Foodgrains Bank’s share of the Government of Canada matched funds will be used to scale up the efforts of its members and their partners to help survivors in the coming weeks and months.

The match was announced April 1. It’s retroactive to March 15, and runs until April 14.

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The Humanitarian Coalition (HC) brings together ten leading aid organizations to provide Canadians with a simple and effective way to help during large-scale humanitarian emergencies.

Canadian Foodgrains Bank is a partnership of 15 churches and church agencies working together to end hunger. In the 2017-18 budget year, the Foodgrains Bank provided over $37 million of assistance for over 800,000 people in 34 countries. Canadian Foodgrains Bank programs are undertaken with support from the Government of Canada provided through Global Affairs Canada. Assistance from the Foodgrains Bank is provided through its member agencies, which work with local partners in the developing world.

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