Cyclone Idai Matching Fund

Tropical Cyclone Idai made landfall in southeastern Africa on March 15, 2019, devastating vulnerable communities in Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe. Strong winds and extensive flooding destroyed homes and damaged critical infrastructure across the region. Hundreds of people were killed, and hundreds more remain missing. Overall, nearly 3 million people were affected by the cyclone.

In the aftermath of the storm, Canada provided $10 million in humanitarian assistance, of which $2 million was contributed through a Matching Fund. For every eligible dollar donated by individuals to the Humanitarian Coalition and its members to respond to the Cyclone Idai crisis between March 15 and April 14, 2019, the Government of Canada provided the equivalent to the Humanitarian Coalition, up to a maximum total amount of $2 million.

The Humanitarian Coalition allocated these funds among its members based on their capacity to respond and presence in the affected region. Humanitarian Coalition members responded to humanitarian needs through emergency relief activities, such as providing food, water and sanitation programs; livelihood support; nutrition; emergency shelter and other essential services.

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