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Learn About Canadians Who Have Contributed To International Development

No one, community or country is immune from natural or human-made disasters. Besides, these disasters strike when you least expect and leaves the people and country affected in a devastating situation. When such disasters strike, the help of the international community is a lifesaver and the key to ensuring that things quickly return to normal. Humanitarian aid and global development aid play vital roles in these crises and serve as the rescue of affected communities, people and countries. Canada has become vital in emergency support to survivors of disasters. In this article, you can learn about the heroic Canadians who have contributed to international development.

The principal focus of humanitarian aid is to save lives, assuage human distress, and promote human dignity. No doubt, this aid is making significant impacts in our human society and resulting in global development. While the principal focus of humanitarian aid is on temporary and immediate assistance, the global development aid aims to provide long-term support.

Humanitarian aid saves life and alleviates human suffering. It also boosts sustainable global development by positively affecting the lives of victims of natural or human-made disasters. On the other hand, the development aid centers on finding a solution to the original cause of a crisis.

Of course, such global rescue missions won’t be possible without goodwill donations from governments, organizations, agencies and philanthropic individuals.

Canadian History as humanitarian aid supporter

The Canadian Humanitarian Assistance Fund (CHAF) has become a vital instrument and a representation of Canada’s swift emergency support to survivors of minor disasters globally during the early crisis stage.

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It is an original humanitarian innovation of Global Affairs Canada, the Humanitarian Coalition and other coalition agencies. CHAF commonly provide smaller-scale aid like food, water, sanitation, hygiene, emergency health care, and shelter. These categories of support usually receive insufficient global media attention.

The CHAF allocate funds real-time to the member of the Humanitarian Coalition that is in the best situation to act in response to a specific disaster. The seven Humanitarian Coalition member agencies of CHAF are present in more than 154 countries. There they ensure immediate response because they are already present in disaster areas.

During CHAF pilot stage and between April 2014 and September 2015, CHAF donated 2.5 million dollars aid in response to eight smaller-scale disasters in Nepal, Iraq, Bangladesh, Niger, Democratic Republic of Congo, Cameroon, Turkey, and India.

These funds are mainly to provide things like food, sanitation, shelter, water and livelihood support to the victims. The funding allocation of CHAF for such projects ranges from one hundred to three hundred and fifty thousand dollars and usually run for roughly half a year.

In September 2015, CHAF received a donation of 9.5 million dollars aid from the Affairs Canada.  Ever since inception, CHAF has continued to offer humanitarian assistance to people from different countries around the world.

Between April 2016 and March  2017,  the Humanitarian coalition member agencies of CHAF provided life-saving support and aid to roughly one hundred and ninety-one thousand people in fifteen countries.

In 2018, CHAF offered aid for disaster control in the following countries:

  • Typhoon Urduja (Kai-Tak) in the Philippines and Internally displaced individuals in Uganda and refugees fleeing from conflicts in the adjoining Democratic Republic of Congo-January 2018
  • The Tonga Cyclone in Gita- February 2018
  • Earthquake in Papua New Guinea – March 2018
  • Fiji Tropical Cyclone disaster in Keni- April 2018
  • Tropical Storm disaster in Somalia and Ethiopia Flooding- May 2018

You can find details of these and more humanitarian support of Canada to the global community from the Canadian Humanitarian Assistance Fund website.

Canadians who have contributed to international development

The humanitarian aid fund is becoming progressively more global.  This makes aid provision for emergency response and global development faster, more approachable, and more useful. Also, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) strengthens the international humanitarian response to a disaster.

Thus, behind every humanitarian aid and international development project, there are humanitarians and aid workers, and that’s who we want to talk about today!

  1. Steve Nash

Steve Nash born on February 7, 1974, is a Canadian retired professional basketball player conferred with both the title of Order of Canada and  Order of British Columbia. He was a former  National Basketball Association (NBA) player and was an NBA All-Star eight times and a nominee of All-NBA seven times.

Nash formed the Steve Nash Foundation in 2001  which gained charity status after three years and offer grants to public service and non-profit organization. The foundation funds project aimed at improving the lives and health of kids from a poor background or the abused and neglected kids.

Steve’s foundation empowers kids, provides recreational and educational opportunity for them. The foundation’s fund is mainly for kids in Phoenix,  Arizona, British Columbia, and  Canadian communities.

In 2008, Steve’s foundation got the Steve Patterson Award for merit in Sports Philanthropy. Nash is also the founder of Jim Jennings Memorial Endowment Fund. He was honored as the 100 most influential people globally by Time magazine in May 2006.

  1. Craig Kielburger

Craig Kielburger born on December 17, 1982, is a Canadian author, social tycoon, and rights of children activist. He co-founded the Free the Children, global development and youth empowerment association with his brother Marc Kielburger.

Craig also co-founded Me to We and We-Day which empower youth annually. Me to We social business offers fifty percent of its yearly profits to Free the Children. Craig got the title of a Member of the Order of Canada in 2007 from Canada’s Governor General.

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He saw a headline in a newspaper that inspired him. The article was about a 12-year boy murdered for battling against child labor and a four-year-old Pakistani boy forced into child labor in a carpet factory who was killed for his fight against child labor at the age of 12.

His group’s first action was to gather 3,000 signatures petition to the Indian Prime Minister requesting the release a child labor activist Kailash Satyarthi from prison.  In December 1995, Kielburger traveled to Asia with a Bangladesh friend to see the condition of children engaged in child labor.

While there,  he had a 15-minute meeting with the then-Prime Minister of Canada who visited India. His mission was to ask the Prime Minister to include child’s labor on his agenda. Kielburge action stirred the media across Canada and globally and featured him on the Oprah Winfrey Show.

  1. Peter Dalglish

Peter Dalglish born in 1957 is a Canadian humanitarian who founded the Street Kids International charity and the Trails Youth Initiative program.  He served as the Canadian Representative for UN-Habitat in Afghanistan until 2015.

He was a Senior Advisor and Deputy Chief of Party for UN-Habitat in Kabul, Afghanistan for four years until December 2014 when he was made the Chief of Party till July 2015 when his mission ended.

Dalglish worked with children, street children, and with children affected by war. He sent food and medical materials from Canada to Ethiopia after graduating from a law school. His meeting with down-trodden and impoverished refugees motivated his life.

And when he returned home, he gave up his legal career to work with vulnerable kids around the world. He provided relief to women and children in Sudan and Chad. He established a vocational training for street children in Khartoum with funding from Bob Geldof of Band-Aid.

  1. Bonnie Cappuccino

Bonnie Cappuccino is a trained registered nurse born in 1934 at St Paul, Minnesota, United States. She is also a married woman who had two children and adopted nineteen kids. She is the founder and manager of a charitable organization, the Child Haven International.

Child haven offers help to impoverished children and women all over the world. The non-profit organization has four kid’s homes in India and one home each in Nepal, Tibet, and Bangladesh. She travels to all the kid’s homes four times per annum.

Most noteworthy, her work with these kids earned her the Ontario Citizenship Medal and the Canada Volunteer Award in 1985 and 1986 respectively. She also won the UNESCO Prize in 1998 for teaching Human Rights. She and her husband were conferred with the honor of the Order of Canada in 1996.

  1. Dawn Anderson

Dawn is a Canadian medical care humanitarian who worked in Central Africa, Haiti, Afghanistan, Nepal, Gaza, and the Philippines. She was awarded for the Florence Nightingale award by the Canadian Red Cross.

And she was one of the thirty-six exceptional nurses from eighteen countries who received the Florence Nightingale award. Thanks to her extraordinary bravery and commitment to victims of armed or natural disaster.

  1. David Walter Foster

David Foster Foundation provides support to children who require medical transplants. He is a  Canadian musician, producer, composer, songwriter, and arranger born on 1st November 1949.

Foster is conferred with the second highest Canadian national order for merit and also the Order of British Columbia for his heroic deeds. He is an excellent Israel supporter who recently raised funds for Israel’s military at a fundraising event.

  1. Danielle Perreault

Danielle Perreault is a selfless and empathetic registered nurse who offered help during the Ebola crisis in Sierra Leone, Guinea, and other West African countries. She also provided care in Haiti during the earthquake that occurred in 2010. And she also has been active in the former Soviet Republic Georgia after the landslide disaster.

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  1. Sean Freeman

Sean Freeman is an energetic, passionate and generous electrical technician who uses his profession to provide help to the most vulnerable. He travels around the globe delegated by the Red Cross Emergency Response Unit to provide emergency response and relief to victims of a disaster. He helped to give electricity and sanitary water following the Dominica Hurricanes,

In 2013 Sean offered help during the Philippines Typhoon Haiyan disaster. He spends roughly one month in Kenema, Sierra Leone, 2014 during the Ebola crisis. There, he provided electricity and clean water at the Ebola treatment center and ensured that the infrastructure in the center functioned effectively.

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He provided emergency response in Nepal during the earthquake crises where he assisted in running the field hospital. Also, he organized supply shipments and supported technical training for the locals. On top of that, he traveled to Afghanistan and provided help with SNC Lavalin. He volunteers as a firefighter when he is not on an emergency rescue mission.

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