At the core of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement is the mandate and responsibility to protect and assist victims of conflict. Hostilities can escalate without warning and in the face of such unpredictable emergencies, the Red Cross attaches great importance in its ability to respond rapidly, with neutrality and impartiality.
The Middle East and Northern Africa Crisis
Since December 2010, evolving events in the Middle East and North Africa have impacted millions of lives. The Red Cross is actively responding to the needs of those affected by civil unrest. Additionally, Red Cross Red Crescent Societies in the surrounding region are in a state of preparedness for further humanitarian needs ready to provide support to other societies who might be, or already are, affected by such crisis.
Canadians wishing to support the enormous humanitarian relief and recovery efforts in the affected region are encouraged to make a financial donation online, at their local Red Cross office or by calling 1-800-418-1111. Please earmark donations “Middle East and Northern Africa Crisis”.
Funds raised will go to support emergency efforts by the Red Cross Movement in the Middle East and North African regions affected by conflict. This may include relief items (blankets, sleeping mats, and hygiene items), medical supplies and equipment and deploying emergency personnel. This fund will cover numerous countries, including those currently affected and those potentially affected in the future.
Our organization is transparent, open and accountable in reporting how your donations are used to make a difference in the lives of those that need our help. The Canadian Red Cross Society received a grade of A+ in every category, including overall charity efficiency, fundraising efficiency, and governance and transparency from Money Sense’s 2012 Canadian charity rating report. We were also among only two charities that appeared on both the biggest and top-rated charities lists. These accomplishments prove that you, our donors, can have confidence in the fact that your dollars are used to make the greatest possible impact in the lives of Canadians and those we help around the world.