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Canadian government announces matching funds for Syrian emergency relief

Workers erect new tents in the Zaatari Refugee Camp, located near Mafraq, Jordan. Photo:ACT/Paul Jeffrey

September 14, 2015

By Simon Chambers

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On September 12, 2015, the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (DFATD) announced that it would match, dollar for dollar, donations from individual Canadians to eligible registered Canadian charities—including PWRDF—for relief efforts for those affected by the Syrian emergency into the government’s Syria Emergency Relief Fund.  The government match will continue until December 31, 2015.

The Syria Emergency Relief Fund will be used to “help meet the basic needs of conflict-affected people in the region, as well as in official development assistance-eligible transit countries for refugees.”  .  PWRDF will be able to apply to the Syria Emergency Relief Fund for money to support its work in Syria, Egypt, Lebanon and Jordan, but the fund is administered by DFATD, and will be allocated by them.

Since 2012, PWRDF has been providing food, water, shelter, health care, counseling, sanitation, and more relief to thousands of Syrians displaced within their own country, as well as those who have fled as refugees to Lebanon, Jordan and Egypt.  PWRDF has worked with the ACT Alliance and the Canadian Foodgrains Bank to provide this aid.

For more information on PWRDF’s relief efforts for those displaced by the Syrian crisis, click here.

You can support PWRDF’s continuing relief efforts:


You can designate your online donation for “Syria Response”.

 By Phone

For credit card donations contact:
Jennifer Brown
416-924-9192 ext. 355; 1-866-308-7973
Please do not send your credit card number by email or fax.

 By Mail

Please make cheques payable to “PWRDF”, mark them for “Syria Response” and send them to:
The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund
The Anglican Church of Canada
80 Hayden Street
Toronto, Ontario  M4Y 3G2

 PWRDF Donations Contact:

Jennifer Brown
416-924-9192 ext. 355; 1-866-308-7973

 PWRDF Humanitarian Response Coordinator

Naba Gurung
416-924-9199 ext. 321; 1-866-308-7973

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