matters WHAT ’ S I N S ID E Editorial . . . . . . . . . . 2 Food Bank . . . . . . . . 2 HUMANITY Bridging the Gap . . . . 3 RESTORING COMMUNITIES • BUILDING A FUTURE How to Donate . . . . . 4 FALL ISSUE | 2009 RELIEF EFFORTS IN PHILIPPINES On September 26, 2009, Typhoon Ondoy struck Phillipines, and brought a month’s worth of rainfall in just a few hours, causing severe flooding which resulted in the loss of many lives and the displacement of hundreds of thousands of people. Humanity First immediately mobilized teams, and volunteers distributed 225 relief packs containing urgently-needed items such as bottled water, food and medicine. Of the 225 packs, 41 were distributed to disaster victims at Bagong Ilog Evacuation Centre, and the remaining 184 packs were given out at the ULTRA Evacuation Centre, where 905 displaced families had been temporarily relocated. Humanity First continues to assess the aftermath of this natural disaster, providing ongoing support to the displaced victims. The teams have begun shelter repair and re-construction of permanent restroom facilities. HOW MANY MILES WOULD YOU WALK TO GET CLEAN WATER? three-quarters of the earth covered Kogo. in water, it would seem unlikely that Humanity First has started on 10 well there is water scarcity at all. However, projects, and is looking for sponsors to searching for clean and portable water support the remaining 30 wells. Each sources is a daily chore for thousands well will serve more than 1000 people. of Nigerian women and children, who By having access to clean and fresh spend many hours hauling water from drinking water, villagers will no longer pumps and basins to their homes. In have to walk miles to get water, and order to provide fresh drinking water, they will also be protected from water- e take it for granted, we waste Humanity First has drilled wells to serve it, and we even pay too much several villages in Nigeria. to drink it from little plastic bottles. Humanity First has identified 40 locations where bore holes are urgently Clean, safe drinking water is scarce. It needed because of poor access to is the foundation of life, a basic human drinking water. These wells will be need. Yet today, all around the world, drilled in the selected regions including far too many people spend their Italebago Ijigbo in Ogun State, Zuzungi entire day searching for it. With nearly in Niger, Inabo and Ogbagede villages in SERVING HUMANITY: FOOD BANK: Hunger Cannot Wait The Spirit of Volunteerism Editorial | Munaza Khan unger is the most extreme form of poverty. Chronic It is an undeniable fact that volunteering hunger, or food insecurity, brings a tremendous sense of means that a family isn’t meeting its accomplishment. It is the best way most basic nutritional needs. of “giving” that can be shared as a community, family, or with friends. A unique initiative of Humanity First Sacrificing time for charity work is one Canada is called “Feed a Family” of the most rewarding and self-fulfilling Program. The primary objective of this program is to provide food acts that one can engage in. security to those struggling with difficult circumstances and experiencing challenges meeting daily sustenance needs. This program is distinct in The volunteers of Humanity First come GTA, through which food is delivered to the doorsteps of the needy and to work from all walks of life, their disabled. personal morale providing powerful motivation for humanitarian service. The recipients are people who cannot reach the Food Bank due to They provide exemplary service and are physical disability or lack of available transport, including seniors, single dedicated on issues of hunger, education, parents, students, individuals in severe financial distress, without stable homelessness, natural disaster relief, shelter, battling abuse or other handicaps, bed-ridden patients or those poverty, and many other areas of concern who are ill-equipped for regular employment. The goal is to assist them on local, national and global levels. By with their needs and slowly build confidence, so that they become self uplifting individuals and groups through sufficient. “ education and humanitarian efforts, the volunteers of Humanity First express Before I started getting food through Humanity First, I was themselves through understanding, dependent on uncertain resources. Sometimes I would sharing, compassion and everyday acts of friendliness and loving kindness. have food, sometimes I won’t as I can’t go out myself to get it. Now with one phone call the food is delivered Our prayers and gratitude is one small way to thank the people who spend hours of their time, some dedicating their lives for a cause, and working extremely to me by passionate volunteers of Humanity First Last month, a team of dedicated employees from Home Depot generously volunteered to help out at the Humanity First Food Bank. The seven a ” hard to gather funding and provide relief enthusiastic volunteers, including two managers, helped with renovations to the distressed and displaced all over at our location in Concord. As a result of their efforts, the Food Bank the world. now has a brand new pantry with During the upcoming holiday season, accessible shelving let us also inculcate the spirit of giving to store food items. by joining the team of Humanity First A Great Big Thank workers. Let us all make a pledge today You to our friends to dedicate our skills, time and energy at Home Depot!! to support the mandate of Humanity First. Let us resolve to make a positive contribution to the commendable work being done by Humanity First, so that we may also fulfill our obligations as global citizens! |2| BRIDGING THE GAP BETWEEN POVERTY AND PROSPERITY “In the past a sick person could not be carried to the hospital because there was no way to cross the river. This bridge will enable us to take the sick to hospital and children can also go to school.” he summer of 2009 was a prosperity has been bridged. A bridge Humanity First Canada immediately historic time for the people of a was built, allowing easy access and mobilized teams to help disaster remote village named LaHatte, transport for the villagers of LaHatte. victims. However, in an effort to in the town of Torbeck, Haiti. It is the A bus service was also launched on the provide long lasting relief, Humanity day when the lives of 14,000 people day of the bridge inaugration. First undertook the initiative of building changed! The citizens of Torbeck live in Haiti is the poorest country in the a bridge in the village of LaHatte, a very remote area that is surrounded Western Hemisphere. Last fall, at least Torbeck. Humanity First hopes that this by high and low rivers. During the dry 800 people were killed in Haiti, in bridge will have a long term impact on season, villagers have access to the the wake of four tropical storms. The the community and has the potential to city but in the rainy season or when a catastrophe also left many homeless lift the poverty- stricken families out of cyclone hits, they are completely cut off begging for food and clothes, as about their dire situation, providing them with from the mainland for months. 60 per cent of Haiti’s food harvest had employment and income. been destroyed due to this natural On August 23rd Humanity First gave disaster. Torbeck residents a gift that changed their lives. The gap between poverty and Dr. Aslam Daud , Chairman, Hu Canada, was pr manity First esent at the rib ceremony for the bon cutting inauguration of the bridge. DID YOU KNOW... ??? In the last year alone, Humanity First provided: Clean drinking water to Daily food and rations Educational support to over 1.53 million people for over 31,100 families over 17,000 students |3| miles o w m a n y vel to H tra should one r? get clean wate The DE. 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Charity Registra tion No ation that aim n relief organiz natural disaster DONATE le and humanitaria peoples sufferings caused by -profit charitab reduce international non and strives to t is a registered an beings around the world Humanity Firs privileged hum among the less T by The Ontario Trillium Foundation.O D A Y ! Humanity First Food Bank is proudly supported Pledge Form Feed a family Please fax, of those who need it. Humanity First puts food on the table email or mail the completed form to: Yes! I/we would like to donate to Humanity First. All proceeds will go to various humanitarian and relief programs of Humanity First. 416.440.0346 or email@example.com Support Humanity First in feeding the hungry. Donate generously! NAME _________________________________________________________ CREDIT CARD ACCOUNT # _____________________________________________ CREDIT CARD EXPIRATION DATE food is delivered to CVD# A unique initiative of Humanity First Food Bank, through which_________________________ the __________ ORGANIZATION ___________________________________________________ (MM/YYYY) recipients are people who are facing doorsteps of the needy and disabled. TheNAME AS IT APPEARS ON CREDIT CARD ______________________________________ ADDRESS ________________________________________________________ challenges in their daily sustenance, CITY _______________________ PROVINCE ____________ POSTAL CODE __________ and cannot reach $the Food Bank due to physical PAYMENT AMOUNT _________________________________________________ CARD HOLDER people are without stable shelter, disability or lack of available transport. Most of these SIGNATURE __________________________ DATE _______________ TELEPHONE ___________________________ FAX _________________________ battling abuse, single parents, students under debt, bed ridden patients and are ill- EMAIL _________________________________________________________ Please send donations to: CREDIT CARD TYPE: equipped for regular employment. Humanity First PAYMENT METHOD Visa 245 Bowes Road, Unit #1 Cash Credit Card Cheque * Please make checks payable Non-Perishable Food for a Month Food 1H8 MasterCard Concord, Ontario L4K Delivered to Door Steps No Questions Asked to Humanity First All donations are tax-deductible as permitted by law. American Express To donate, visit www.humanityfirst.ca or call 416.440.0346 HumanityFirst CANADA 245 Bowes Rd., Concord, ON L4K 1H8 Tel/Fax: 416.440.0346 Restoring Communities, Building a Future Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Charity Registration No: 87254 1040 RR0001 Web: www.humanityfirst.ca Humanity First is a registered international non-profit charitable and humanitarian relief organization that aims to mitigate hunger, poverty and disease among |4| the less privileged human beings around the world and strives to reduce peoples sufferings caused by natural disasters or human conflicts.
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