COCHRANE—On September 12, 2015, the Government of Canada launched the Syria Emergency Relief Fund to support humanitarian relief efforts in response to the conflict in Syria. For every eligible dollar donated by individual Canadians between September 2015 and February 2016 in response to the crisis, the government set aside one dollar in the fund.
The matching dollar program to will be carried out with the government’s trusted partners, as it announced in a press release last week about increasing overseas programming. Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie also announced that the government is going beyond the matching fund with an additional $68.2 million in humanitarian assistance to address the needs of people across the region affected by the Syrian conflict.
Canadians generously donated a total of $31.8 million, which includes $30,901 raised by volunteers and donors through Canadian Global Response. Thank you for your generous contributions! We received additional sponsors towards our Syrian child sponsorship program our Refugee Resettlement Program, in addition to our and Syrian General Fund that were all eligible for the matching program as Syrian refugee initiatives.
Canada is supporting development projects to help countries in the region cope with the impacts of the crisis in Syria, notably the influx of millions of Syrian refugees, and to address the long-term development challenges facing these countries, in particular through the delivery of basic services, such as education.
It is estimated that roughly 12.2 million people are still in need in Syria, with the violence particularly affecting women and children. Refugees continue to look for refugee sponsorship groups, and our initiatives are helping train educators and provide needed funding for children who lack proper schooling. Canadian Global Response will continue advocating for Syrian refugees and working through local partners.
Contact the CGR office via email or phone if you or your group have any questions regarding the government’s matching program or our corresponding projects.