WHAT ’ S I N S ID E
Editorial . . . . . . . . . . 2
Food Bank . . . . . . . . 2
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
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
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
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ceremony for the bon cutting
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Please fax, of those who need it.
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challenges in their daily sustenance,
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