Humanitarian Assistance

CFNU is proud to be a Silver Sponsor of The Girl Child Education Fund (GCEF), a signature initiative of FNIF, supports the primary and secondary schooling of girls under the age of 18 in developing countries whose nurse parent or parents have died. CFNU has donated $1000 every year since participating in the ICN Congress in 2009. Donations to the Girl Child Education Fund go towards school fees, uniforms, shoes and books. 

CFNU supplies funding to organizations with proven track records in providing assistance in relief and reconstruction following natural disasters, in response to health emergencies, and to support the education of girls.

Africa 2011 - CFNU donates $10,000 to Oxfam Canada to provide support to relief efforts for East Africa Food Crisis

Haiti 2010 – An estimated three million people were affected by the January quake and its aftershocks. The Haitian Government reports that between 217,000 and 230,000 people had been identified as dead, an estimated 300,000 injured, and an estimated 1,000,000 homeless. CFNU members responded with great generosity, raising over $73,000 which was sent to Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders).

Buy-A-Net Malaria Prevention Group

Uganda 2011 -CFNU received a plaque in recognition of our ongoing support for Buy-A-Net, a nurse-led initiative to prevent malaria in Africa. Members at CFNU's June 2011 Convention raised enough money to distribute 2473 bed-nets in Uganda.

Uganda 2009 – Malaria creates a global health crisis. More than 40% of the world’s population is at risk. Malaria kills thousands more people than HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, measles and leprosy combined. CFNU raised over $60,000 at its 2009 Convention towards Buy-A-Net, an NGO-founded program run by nurses with a focus on prevention of malaria in Uganda. Malaria is the highest single killer disease in Uganda. An estimated 425 children under 5 years of age die each day from malaria in Uganda.


Girl Child Education Fund – CFNU makes an annual donation in support of the Florence Nightingale International Foundation Girl Child Education Fund (GCEF) which assists the orphaned daughters of nurses in developing countries to get back to school.

Indonesia 2009 – CFNU provided support to the Canadian Red Cross to assist their partners in Indonesia to provide food, shelter and care for those displaced by floods.

Philippines 2009 – Hundreds of thousands of people were displaced in the fall typhoon season in the Philippines. CFNU donated to the Canadian Red Cross and to Development and Peace to support their organizational partners in the Philippines.

China 2009 – CFNU supported the Canadian Red Cross which works with the China Red Cross to help those displaced in the flood regions of China.

India 2009 – Heavy floods caused the displacement of 1 million people in Andhra Pradesh. CFNU supported the Andhra Pradesh Vyavasaya Vruthidarula Union to provide food, shelter and support for reconstruction.

Cuba 2008 – The devastating hurricanes Gustav and Ike caused large scale damage forcing 1.23 million people to evacuate. Approximately 63,000 homes were totally destroyed and 440,000 homes were severely damaged. In terms of housing and losses of food and crops, the damage was estimated at 5 billion dollars.

Combatting HIV/AIDS 2007 – CFNU made a contribution at its biennial Convention in support of the Stephen Lewis Foundation which supports women who are ill and struggling to survive; assists orphans and AIDS-affected children; reaches heroic grandmothers caring for their orphan grandchildren; and sustains associations of people living with HIV and AIDs.

Tsunami 2004 – On Boxing Day 2004, a tsunami in the Indian Ocean took the lives of over 200,000 people. As many as 80% of the nurses in Banda Aceh, Indonesia, were left destitute. The Indonesian National Nurses Association collected money, clothing, uniforms and supplies from Indonesia and other countries like Canada to help them. INNA also mobilized 1,000 nurses from non-affected Indonesian provinces to join forces with the surviving nurses. Together, they cared for fractured limbs, infected wounds and broken hearts. Working side by side with doctors, they cleaned up any health facilities left standing and set up nursing care units in hospitals, field hospitals and camps. CFNU supported INNA’s post-tsunami efforts through the Canadian Nurses Association.