Canadian Charities Providing
Pakistan Flood Relief
How you can help
The Canadian federal government has announced that it will match contributions made by individuals (up to a maximum of $100,000 per single donation) to eligible Canadian charitable organizations in support of humanitarian assistance, early recovery, and reconstruction efforts in response to the flood in Pakistan. The money contributed would be managed through the Pakistan Floods Relief Fund, run by the Canadian International Development Agency.
The donations must meet the following requirements:
- Made by an individual Canadian.
- Made to a registered Canadian charitable organization that is receiving donations in response to the July–August flooding in Pakistan.
- Specifically earmarked by such organizations for the purpose of responding to the floods.
- Made between August 2 and October 3, 2010.
A list of eligible Canadian charities is provided below, however you can also contact other charities not listed to inquire about their participation and eligibility.
PLEASE NOTE: Tides Canada is not accepting direct donations for Pakistan flood relief. We recommend you give to one of the charitable organizations below.
For further information on the matching program offered by the Government of Canada please visit the Canadian International Development Agency.
Canadian Red Cross
The Canadian Red Cross is accepting donations to support Red Cross relief efforts in Pakistan via text messaging. Donors must simply text “REDCROSS” to 30333 and a one-time donation of $5 for the Pakistan Floods 2010 fund will be added to their mobile phone bill. Canadians may also donate online, by calling toll-free 1.800.418.1111, or by visiting any Red Cross office.
UNICEF field staffers are on the ground providing emergency shelter, food, water and health care. An estimated 20 million people — 6 million of them children — have been affected by the recent floods in Pakistan. Support UNICEF’s disaster relief efforts today by texting the word “GIVE” in English or “DON” in French to 45678 to donate $5 to UNICEF. You can also donate online or by calling 1.800.567.4483.
World Vision Canada
Over the next three months, World Vision will be mobilizing resources to help the hardest hit regions of Peshawar, Charsadda, Nowshera and Lower Dir. World Vision is moving swiftly to begin providing food and clean water, medical assistance, shelter, hygiene kits and other basic relief items. Help by texting the word “WORLD” to 45678 to donate $5 to World Vision Canada or by donating online.
The Salvation Army in Pakistan continues to provide the basic necessities of life, including bedding, food and water to the flood victims. Any public donations received by The Salvation Army that are specified to the Pakistan Flood Appeal will be used to support the ongoing effort. Donations can be made online or by calling 1.800.SAL.ARMY (725.2769).
The Humanitarian Coalition
The Humanitarian Coalition is a network of Canadian NGOs dedicated to a united response in cases of humanitarian crises. Currently the coalition consists of CARE Canada, Oxfam Canada, Oxfam-Québec and Save the Children Canada. Help by donating online.
Plan has been operating in Pakistan since 1997. With relief activities underway in the Punjab and Sindh regions, Plan is providing dry rations, cooked meals, children’s food packs and health and hygiene kits to thousands of families. You can support Plan International’s efforts by donating online.
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