Southern Africa Devastation: Cyclone Idai

Cyclone Idai swept through Southern Africa in March 2019, leaving terrible disaster in its wake. Hundreds of thousands of people in Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and Malawi are in immediate need of food, water, and shelter. At least 830 people have been reported killed by the storm, and a cholera epidemic is feared. With more than 120,000 people displaced, Idai is one of the worst weather-related crises to ever affect the African continent.

The Canadian government is matching donations for Cyclone Idai emergency relief (up to a maximum of $2 million) made to members of the Humanitarian Coalition (HC); the United Church is connected to the HC through its membership in the Canadian Foodgrains Bank. Your gifts made to the Cyclone Idai Appeal between March 15 and April 15, 2019 can be doubled. More information about how government matching typically works is available here.

Donate Now

Online via our secure donation page.

Phone 416-231-5931 or toll-free 1-800-268-3781 ext. 2738 and use your Visa or MasterCard.

Send a cheque, money order, or Visa or MasterCard information with donation amount to:

The United Church of Canada
Philanthropy Unit - Emergency Response
3250 Bloor Street West, Suite 200
Toronto, ON M8X 2Y4

Please be sure to note "Emergency Response—Cyclone Idai" on the face of your cheque.

Note: As part of the United Church's Emergency Response Fund, 100% of your donation goes directly to emergency relief with 85% of your donation responding to this designated emergency and 15% responding to future emergencies that do not receive intense media coverage. Donations to Mission & Service enable the United Church to cover all of the costs of emergency response work without deducting any fees from your donation.

Rohingya Crisis

Rohingya people are fleeing from Myanmar to Bangladesh, one of the poorest nations in the world, with little capacity to respond to their needs and numbers. Mission & Service partner ACT Alliance estimates that there are currently 923,000 Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, with more arriving daily.

The United Church works with several churches and agencies throughout Asia. ACT Alliance, in part supported by contributions from The United Church of Canada, is responding. ACT Alliance is focused on food security, water and sanitation, health and nutrition, and shelter. These needs become more urgent with each new arrival.

Please include the displaced Rohingya people in your prayers. To date between individual donations and government matching, Canadians have contributed over $25 million. The United Church continues to accept donations, below, to support the work of partners' with the Rohingya people, particularly vulnerable women and children.

Donate Now

Online via our secure donation page.

Phone: 416-231-5931 or toll-free 1-800-268-3781 ext. 2738 and use your Visa or MasterCard.

Send a cheque, money order, or Visa or MasterCard information with donation amount to:

The United Church of Canada
Philanthropy Unit - Emergency Response
3250 Bloor Street West, Suite 200
Toronto, ON M8X 2Y4

Please be sure to note "Emergency Response—Rohingya" on the face of your cheque.

Note: As part of the United Church's Emergency Response Fund, 100% of your donation goes directly to emergency relief with 85% of your donation responding to this designated emergency and 15% responding to future emergencies that do not receive intense media coverage. Donations to Mission & Service enable the United Church to cover all of the costs of emergency response work without deducting any fees from your donation.