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Government Matching Funds for Syrian Emergency Relief Work Extended

Noor is fourteen years old and lives together with four families in temporary accommodation in the town hall in Al Toura, close to the Syrian border. “I just want to go home, to be in my house, with my friends,” Noor says. The young Syrian woman dreams of becoming a journalist. Photo: ACT/Magnus Aronson

January 7, 2016

By Simon Chambers

The government of Canada announced today that the deadline for matching funds for eligible donations to Canadian agencies working to provide relief to Syrians displaced within Syria and living as refugees in the surrounding countries will be extended to February 29, 2016.  The extensionwas announced January 7 in Ottawa by the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie.

“The government-administered fund will provide assistance through international and Canadian humanitarian organizations to help meet basic humanitarian needs of people affected by the conflict in Syria, including shelter, food, health care and water,” reads a press release from Global Affairs Canada. “It will also provide protection and education for conflict-affected people in Syria and millions of refugees in Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey.”

“PWRDF welcomes the continued focus on refugees in and around Syria,” said Adele Finney, Executive Director of PWRDF.   “PWRDF and other agencies have, for years, been providing relief in the region, and continue to do so.  The government matching program has helped to keep the issue in the public sphere, and for that we are grateful.”

PWRDF continues to respond to the needs of displaced Syrians in the region through the ACT Alliance and the Canadian Foodgrains Bank, as well as through its long-time partner Refuge Egypt in Cairo.  Through these agencies, PWRDF is providing food, water, shelter, clothing, counselling and more to thousands of affected Syrian families.

You can support PWRDF’s relief work in Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, and Egypt:


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