History

As CCA members, we find strength and effectiveness in working together to help populations affected by disasters. We receive financial support from the government, including the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and Manitoba Council for International Cooperation (MCIC).

Photo caption: Paul Jeffrey, ACT Alliance

Since 2004, we have responded to disasters with over $140 million from private sources.

CCA began in early 2005 when four church based agencies; Presbyterian World Service & Development (PWS&D), United Church of Canada (UCC), Mennonite Central Committee Canada (MCCC) and the Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF) applied to CIDA for $6 million of matching funds following the 2004 Asia tsunami.

These four groups called themselves “PUMA” (Presbyterian, United, Mennonite, Anglican). PUMA successfully completed a three-year project of reconstruction and rehabilitation in India. Over the last several years, PUMA added additional members. In 2007, CCA was formed as it exists today.

CCA and its predecessors have worked together in response to the 2004 tsunami, the South Asia earthquake in 2005, the 2008 Sichuan earthquake in China, 2008 cyclone Nargis in Myanmar (Burma) and a number of other disasters.