Who are Faces of Humanity?
When a humanitarian crisis strikes, Canadian aid workers mobilize.
Working together with their international partners, local staff and volunteers, they provide life-saving assistance to the most vulnerable people in the world.
Aid workers come from all walks of life, including doctors, nurses, engineers, electricians, writers, and social workers, and they all show us the strength of humanity.
Faces of Humanity tells Canada’s humanitarian story through the experiences of Canadian Red Cross aid workers and the people they are supporting, as they respond to disasters and emergencies across the globe.
Read about Canadians who are making a difference, attend and event in your city, share the message on social media, and learn more about how humanitarians are working to respond to ever-growing needs around the world.
Meet Canadian Humanitarians
Initially a member of the Nigerian Red Cross before moving to Canada, he provided medical care at the Erding and Feldkirchen refugee camps in Germany.
We have been active in over 90 countries around the world. Learn more about some of our current work.
Faces of Humanity in Action
Since October 2016, hundreds of thousands of people have been forced to flee violence in northern areas of Myanmar’s Rakhine State, into Bangladesh. Tens of thousands more continue to arrive in makeshift settlements in search of safety and shelter.
Many of those arriving are unaccompanied children, who may have been separated from their families or who have lost their parents or caregivers to violence.
Women and girls are especially vulnerable and are at risk for trafficking.
The needs in the makeshift settlements are great. Food, water, shelter, medical care, hygiene facilities, care for children, mental health support, are all needed.
The Canadian Red Cross is one of many humanitarian organizations who are on the ground in Bangladesh. Collaboration and coordination between countries, NGOs, and the global community is crucial to meeting needs at the source of a humanitarian crisis.
The Red Cross and Red Crescent are working around the clock to help those who have been affected. This includes a 60-bed hospital with an operating theatre and an isolation unit, providing essentials like food, water, personal care items, and psychosocial support. As well as mobile medical teams walk hours into the camps every day to reach the most vulnerable who might not otherwise receive assistance.
Special areas have been set up for children, and to help protect women and girls.
Canadian Red Cross aid workers have been helping to provide medical care, psychosocial support, child protection, and to help tell the stories of the people who are living in makeshift settlements.
Learn more about the situation in Bangladesh, and how we are helping.
Attend an Event
Join us for Faces of Humanity 2018, a multimedia exhibit that will immerse you into the current crisis in Bangladesh. Faces of Humanity tells the story of Canadian Red Cross aid workers and their international partners, and people impacted by crises, from all walks of life. These events are free and open to the general public.
Dates: May 19 – 23, 2018
May 19 – 22: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
May 23: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Location: Barney Danson Theatre, Canadian War Museum, 1 Vimy Place, Ottawa, ON
Photo credit: Michael Muraz