The Canadian Humanitarian Assistance Fund

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:

Providing humanitarian assistance to the people who need it

The suffering of people caught up in a smaller-scale, sudden onset disaster is just as serious as a larger-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:

Timely assistance during the initial emergency phase

During an 18-month pilot phase, between April 2014 and September 2015, the CHAF provided $2.5 million to 8 responses to smaller-scale disasters. In September 2015, Global Affairs Canada made a three-year, $9.5 million commitment to the CHAF.  Disasters that the CHAF responded to during the pilot phase included:

Project funding allocated through the CHAF for any single project ranges from $100,000 to $350,000, and project implementation periods are typically 4-6 months.

September 2017

Viet Nam – Typhoon Doksuri

Through the Canadian Humanitarian Assistance Fund an allocation of $183,750 has been made to support CARE Canada in providing immediate assistance to approximately 15,000 people for six months in response to Typhoon Doksuri. The operation will focus on increased access to safe water, sanitation facilities and hygiene promotion activities and providing cash assistance for shelter repair for vulnerable typhoon-affected households.

For more details on this emergency operation supported by Canada, refer to the Canadian Humanitarian Assistance Fund website.

Cuba – Hurricane Irma

Through the Canadian Humanitarian Assistance Fund (CHAF), an allocation of $240,000 has been made to support Oxfam Canada in providing immediate assistance to approximately 4,500 people for 6 months in response to Hurricane Irma. The operation will focus on the provision of emergency shelter items as well as water, sanitation and hygiene services.

For more details on this emergency operation supported by Canada, refer to the Canadian Humanitarian Assistance Fund website.

August 2017

Bangladesh - Monsoon Floods

Through the Canadian Humanitarian Assistance Fund (CHAF), an allocation of $262,500 has been made to support Plan International in providing immediate assistance to approximately 10,047 people for 4 months in response to severe flooding caused by monsoon rains. The operation will focus on  increased access to essential hygiene items, clean drinking water, and safe hygienic latrines  for vulnerable flood-affected households.

For more details on this emergency operation supported by Canada, refer to Canadian Humanitarian Assistance Fund website.

Sierra Leone - Mudslides

Through the Canadian Humanitarian Assistance Fund (CHAF), an allocation of $206,250 has been made to support CARE Canada in providing immediate assistance to approximately 9,000 people for 5 months in response to the mudslides in Sierra Leone. The operation will focus on distribution emergency non-food item kits, provision of unconditional cash transfers and provision of safe water for drinking and domestic needs to vulnerable affected households, and provision of health and hygiene messaging to raise awareness on health risks related to waterborne diseases and prevention of epidemics.

For more details on this emergency operation supported by Canada, refer to the Canadian Humanitarian Assistance Fund website.

Nepal Monsoon Floods

Through the Canadian Humanitarian Assistance Fund (CHAF), an allocation of $199,300 has been made to support the Canadian Lutheran World Relief in providing immediate assistance to approximately 8472 people for 6 months in response to severe flooding caused by monsoon rains. The operation will focus on increased access to emergency shelters, safe water and sanitation, and provide income-generating opportunities for vulnerable flood-affected households.

For more details on this emergency operation supported by Canada, refer to the Canadian Humanitarian Assistance Fund website.

June 2017

India – Assam Flooding

Through the Canadian Humanitarian Assistance Fund (CHAF), an allocation of $262,500 has been made to support Oxfam Canada in providing immediate assistance to approximately 23,250 people for 6 months in response to recent flooding in Assam State, India. The operation will focus on increased access to safe water, sanitation facilities and hygiene promotion activities and providing income-generating opportunities for vulnerable flood-affected households.

For more details on this emergency operation supported by Canada, refer to the Canadian Humanitarian Assistance Fund website.

Sri Lanka Floods and Landslides

Through the Canadian Humanitarian Assistance Fund (CHAF), an allocation of $309,000 has been made to support Oxfam Canada in providing immediate assistance to approximately 20,000 people for six months in response to floods and landslides in Sri Lanka. The operation will focus on providing emergency water, sanitation and hygiene services and livelihoods assistance in the most affected areas.

For more details on this emergency operation supported by Canada, refer to the Canadian Humanitarian Assistance Fund website.

May 2017

Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) – Conflict in the Kasai Provinces

Through the Canadian Humanitarian Assistance Fund (CHAF), an allocation of $227,676 has been made to support Save the Children Canada in providing immediate assistance to approximately 9,500 people for 6 months in response to the conflict in the Kasai provinces. The operation will focus on protection services, including preventing and responding to cases of sexual and gender based violence, as well as family reunification.

For more details on this emergency operation supported by Canada, refer to the Canadian Humanitarian Assistance Fund website.

March 2017

Madagascar - Cyclone Enawo

Through the Canadian Humanitarian Assistance Fund (CHAF), an allocation of $150,000 has been made to support CARE Canada in providing immediate assistance to approximately 17,800 people for 6 months in response to Cyclone Enawo. The operation will focus on food security and shelter through the provision of cash grants to affected households.

For more details on this emergency operation supported by Canada, refer to the Canadian Humanitarian Assistance Fund website.

Peru - Floods

Through the Canadian Humanitarian Assistance Fund (CHAF), an allocation of $262,500 has been made to support Save the Children in providing immediate assistance to approximately 7,500 people for 6 months in response to floods in Peru. The operation will focus on water, sanitation and hygiene, shelter and protection. This includes the provision of non-food items, psychosocial support and child friendly spaces as well as the dissemination of messages to reduce gender-based violence.

For more details on this emergency operation supported by Canada, refer to the Canadian Humanitarian Assistance Fund website.

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