The Canadian Red Cross is a charitable organization and it is a part of the largest humanitarian network in the world composed of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. The network includes the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (Federation) and 190 National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. The network works on improving the situation of the most vulnerable across the world.
The mission of the Canadian Red Cross is to ‘’improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity in Canada and around the world’’. It is a leading humanitarian organization ‘’though which people voluntarily demonstrate their caring for others in need’’ and its work is based upon implementation of fundamental principles of respect, dignity and inclusiveness, integrity, accountability, effectiveness, transparency, adaptability, quality and safety.
Ever since its establishment, CAUSE Canada has been working with people who are living in extreme poverty in marginalized, remote and rural communities in developing countries. It is a Christian-based humanitarian organization working with a mission to ‘’work alongside the extreme poor to help them overcome the barriers that keep them hungry, uneducated, and without medical support, that keep them in poverty, and from realizing their potential and justice’’. The organization follows a belief that every person has right to be valued and treated with dignity.
When it was established 1984, CAUSE Canada first began working in communities in Guatemala, Mali and Liberia. Later on, in 1988, it began working in Sierra Leone as well, providing food and health care emergency to nearly 30.000 internally displaced women and children. At the same time, it built many water and sanitation systems in Guatemala, which are now used in 40 communities across the country. Since 1993, Cause Canada also provides maternal, newborn and child health support in more than 140 communities in Honduras and Guatemala to decrease maternal and infant mortality. Since 2006, the organization provides Kids Sponsorship Program, educating over 17.000 children.
World Vision is a global relief, development and advocacy organization that partners with children, families and their communities to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice. World Vision Canada works on achieving change for children, families and communities in more than 50 countries. The organization is also known for its advocacy campaigns and an interesting fact is that in 2016, Meghan Markle, a former actress and a current Duchess of Sussex, became a Global Ambassador for World Vision Canada. That year, she traveled to Rwanda to participate in the clean water campaign.
The organization focuses on the well-being of children by providing child sponsorships around the world, which connects donors to specific children in one of 50 countries. Sponsors can contribute 39 dollars per month for programs that benefit child, their family and community. Other programs that World Vision Canada is focusing are education, health care, community and economic development, clean water, food, emergency response and child protection.
Canadian Food Grains Bank is a humanitarian organization that partners up 15 Canadian churches and church-based agencies with a common goal of ending hunger in the world. The organization supports international programs to meet immediate food needs, reduce malnutrition, and achieve sustainable food security. It also influences improvements in national and international policies that contribute to ending global hunger and increases and deepens the engagement of Canadians in efforts to end global hunger.
Canadian Food Grains Bank provides food for hungry people in developing countries during the times of crisis. It helps them grow more food so they are able to better feed themselves and their families and provides nutritional support to those who are malnourished, with a special attention to children and pregnant and breastfeeding mothers. The organization also advocates for public policies that will enable communities to better feed themselves and it looks for ways to engage and educate Canadians about worldwide hunger. Canadian Food Grains helped over 800.000 people in 36 countries in 2018 and 2019.
CARE Canada is a humanitarian organization that helps women and girls in developing countries lift themselves and their families out of poverty and out of crisis. The organization develops solutions with women and girls in their communities so they are able to face the issues related to climate change, economic empowerment, food security and emergency relief during the times of disaster or crisis. CARE Canada’s vision is ‘’ a world of hope, inclusion and social justice, where poverty has been overcome and all people live with dignity and security.
The organization puts women and girls in focus because the world cannot overcome poverty until all people have equal rights and opportunities. It works with women to help them develop the skills they need to earn money, start business and sell their goods. It also brings together governments, communities and other organizations to promote fair and safe working conditions and works with banks to help women save and grow their money. CARE Canada also works with community volunteers, midwives, nurses and doctors to improve nutrition, health services and health care services so that specific health need of women and girls can be met.
Humanity & Inclusion is a humanitarian independent organization that works in situations of poverty and exclusion, conflict and disaster. The organization works alongside vulnerable and disabled people to meet their basic needs and improve conditions in which they live in while promoting respect for their fundamental rights and dignity.
Presently, Humanity & Inclusion works in more than 60 countries, where it implements around 300 projects in emergency, reconstruction and development. In 2016, the organization launched a ten years strategy with three priority actions: inclusion of people with disabilities and vulnerable populations, inclusive emergency responses adapted to the needs of the population, and reducing the impact of conflicts on civilians.
Canadian Lutheran World Belief (CLWR) is a humanitarian organization that ‘’strives for a world where people live in peace with hope, justice, dignity and equality, empowered to achieve their universal rights to quality of life and to have their basic needs met’’. The CLWR works to meet the immediate needs of people affected by humanitarian crisis and provides emergency relief during after the occurrence of natural disasters.
The organization provides humanitarian aid to internally displaced people and refugees to support them and ensure that their immediate needs are met so that they can adjust to the new circumstances more easily. The CLWR builds shelters and latrines to keep people healthy and safe and provides job trainings so that people can engage in new ways of earning income to support themselves and their families. It also provides food assistance to meet the nutrition needs of families, as well as cash assistance to help families cover expenses such as health care and rent.
Oxfam Canada is an affiliate organization of the International Oxfam Confederation, which is networked in more than 90 countries as part of a global movement for change. It was founded in 1963 and became independently incorporated in 1966. It began working by providing educational materials to schools and by advocating in public policy development.
Oxfam Canada’s mission is to ‘’build lasting solutions to poverty and injustice with a focus on improving the live and promoting the rights of women and girls’’. The organizations works directly with communities and local women’s rights organizations to ‘’challenge the systems that perpetuate inequality and keep people poor’’. It seeks to influence those who hold power to ensure that women who live in poverty are given a voice in the critical decisions that affect them, their families and communities. For this reason, Oxfam Canada believes that ending global poverty begins with women’s rights.
Action Against Hunger Canada is an international humanitarian organization that fights root causes of hunger across the world. The organization is specializes in addressing hunger and its underlying causes since it has almost 40 years of experience working in conflict zones, natural disasters and response to food crises.
Action Again Hunger Canada believes in fight against malnutrition and that no child should suffer from malnutrition. It also believes that this issue affecting many children in the world can be overcome. Every day, tens of thousands of professionals work to save children dying from acute malnutrition around the world. Thus, Action Against Hunger Canada’s nutrition programs aim to prevent and treat malnutrition amongst the most vulnerable young children and women who are pregnant or nursing. This especially applies to providing humanitarian assistance during the times natural or conflict crisis when countries are prone to face the famine. Just in 2017, Action Against Hunger Canada managed to help more than 20 million people in need in 50 countries worldwide with more than 7.500 employees and volunteers.
Plan International Canada works with children, communities and governments so that all children worldwide are able to enjoy their rights. Its foundational objective is gender equality, and through its work it seeks to tackle the root causes of gender inequality and enable children, especially girls, to reach their full potential.
During emergencies and crises, Plan International Canada works with girls and boys, their families, communities, service providers, inter-agency coordination mechanisms, and government actors in recovery, response and preparedness. The organization ensures adequate preparedness to strengthen the resilience of children and communities to disasters. It also provides gender and age appropriate child protection services to children and their families and ensures that there are strong protective environments in which children, families and communities recognize child protection risks, respond to them and prevent them.