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Assistance Needed for Fort McMurray Evacuees
FORT MCMURRAY - Alberta’s provincial state of emergency continues as Fort McMurray fires double to over 161,000 hectares (Edmonton is roughly 68,000 hectares). As of Sunday afternoon, there are over 500 firefighters battling the blaze.
HOLGUÍN - Hello Everyone, I feel blessed and grateful to have been entrusted with the leadership in CGR’s efforts in Eastern Cuba, bringing relief and assisting the people of Eastern Cuba in their battle with the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew.
GLOBAL - Canadian Global Response (CGR) in partnership with LEAD International, a leadership and consulting company in the Middle East, offered a SPHERE training course in the city of Amman, Jordan. This five day, intensive training course provided certification in “The Sphere Project” by instructor Abraham Shepherd, one of SPHERE’s certified trainers and President of CGR.
HOLGUÍN - A Canadian Global Response team arrived in Cuba last week to help assess damages as the recovery phase of Hurricane Matthew takes place. With winds reaching 260 km/h (160 mph), Hurricane Matthew dissipated in the middle of October but claimed the lives of between 600-1650 people, and an estimated $14 billion dollars in damages.
GLOBAL - Due to the global pandemic, the need for health supplies and food is high. Our local teams are reaching out to help people in need. In light of Covid-19, there are food and hygiene packages being provided, and our partners are doing all they can to help those most affected. Our desire is to support our local partners and make a difference in the Covid-19 battle!
RAWDON, QC - A group of twenty youth between the ages of 11 and 20 from Renaissance Bible Church raised $9000 over the past year for a new well in Chad, Africa! After having studied the book Do Hard Things by Alex and Brett Harris, the group shares: “We decided to do something to bust the myth that all teenagers are lazy and selfish. The whole idea stemmed from reading about Alex and Brett Harris’s challenge to fellow teenagers of our generation to do hard things for the glory of God. We had just spent the past year raising $100 dollars in order to give a goat to a family that lived in an underprivileged country.”
Our team arrived safely in Wuzhou after spending an evening in Hong Kong adjusting to the time zone change and getting prepared to travel the next day. After two days of travelling by plane, taxi, van, and train, we were eager to meet local seniors and senior home leadership.
KURDISTAN - A couple teams of Canadians are visiting the Middle East this Christmas. Their purpose is to bring hope and joy during the holiday season to refugees and internally displaced people living or in transit in Jordan and Northern Iraq. Syrian and Iraqi refugees as well as many other minority groups such as the Yazidi have been displaced by the war that began back in 2011.
Christmas in Iraq (Day 3-4): Camps Karamles & Emila
KURDISTAN - Many of us assumed the refugee camps were tent cities in the countryside, but instead they’re located throughout the city, anywhere refugee families can live. The various government levels have been overwhelmed by the scale of refugees, with many of the 500,000 who left Mosul alone primarily moving eastward.
KURDISTAN - Today was full of anticipation as we got ready for Christmas Eve. The city’s bazaar included flavourful figs, dates, exotic teas, Turkish delight and more, but importantly the gifts we sought to bring to local refugee camps and distribute in a parade. Santa Claus “Baba Noel” and our local friends assured us there would be a lot of energy and excitement!
Fleeing Families in N. Iraq: ‘A privilege to serve’
IRAQ - An estimated 1.8 million Iraqis have so far been displaced this year, according to the UNHCR. They continue to be in desperate need for emergency provisions, and with supplies at lows, winter is also soon approaching. According to officials in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, “At least 41,000 Iraqis, including Arabs, Christians and other minorities, have fled into the region to escape armed groups that recently took over the northern city of Sinjar and other neighbouring communities. Iraqi Kurdistan is already home to more than 300,000 Iraqis displaced since June, and a further 220,000 Syrian refugees. The pressure is growing on the region’s already limited resources.”
Forcibly Displaced Receive Supplies in Northern Iraq
IRAQ - The humanitarian situation in Iraq continues to escalate as an estimated 1.6 million refugees, asylum-seekers, and internally displaced people are expected to be within the country as of December 2014 (Source: UNHCR). Upcoming winter months and the constant influx of Syrian refugees continue to place additional strains on local infrastructure, yet basic life essentials are beginning to arrive on site and properly be distributed.
TORONTO - The Greater Toronto Area (GTA) is one of the most diverse places in the world with people from over 200 different countries living in the city. Over half the population of the GTA was born outside of Canada and new immigrants are coming into the city by the tens of thousands every year.
ATHENS - Thank you for your time, energy, blessings, and financial support in helping sending our team to Greece this summer. The team consisted of 11 members: five from Calgary (Eva, Matthew and Kimberly, Dan and Connie), two from South Carolina (Amy and Natalie), one from Florida (Sabina), and two friends from Toronto (Ashok and Joyce).
IZMIR, TURKEY - Over the next six weeks we will be journeying with Syrian refugees on their way through the “Refugee Highway.” Stops from our Canadian Global Response photojournalist partner Jedediah Smith include Turkey, Lesbos Island (Turkey), Athens to Idomeni border (Greece), Macedonia, Serbia-Croatia, and Slovenia, as the refugees find their way into other Western and Northern European countries.