Canadian International Development Agency - CIDA

Canadian International Development Agency - CIDA

May 13, 2013 10:31 ET

Canada Continues to Respond to Humanitarian Needs of People Affected by Syrian Crisis

AMMAN, JORDAN--(Marketwired - May 13, 2013) - Ongoing violence in Syria has caused mass displacement within its borders, and has forced hundreds of thousands to flee into neighbouring countries. Today, the Honourable Ted Menzies, Minister of State (Finance), on behalf of the Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of International Cooperation, announced additional humanitarian assistance, including the deployment of a Canadian expert, to assist with the influx of Syrian refugees to Jordan.

"Canada continues to support the efforts of our humanitarian partners to address the needs of displaced Syrians across the region," said Minister Menzies. "Canada commends Jordan and other neighbouring countries for taking in so many displaced families, giving them safety and the hope of returning home one day."

Canada is providing support to Canadian humanitarian non-governmental organizations to assist people who have sought refuge in Jordan. Canada's support will help people to continue to have access to shelter, food, water, and emergency health services, as well as protection, education, and livelihood assistance. With Canada's support, CANADEM will deploy a Canadian expert to assist UNICEF in its response to the influx of Syrian refugees to Jordan. This will help support the rapid deployment of Canadian humanitarian and disaster relief.

"Canada continues to stand by Syrians who are seeking refuge from this deteriorating humanitarian situation," said Minister Fantino. "Canada remains committed to saving lives and addressing the most critical needs of those affected by the Syrian crisis, and we ask that all countries deliver on their commitments during this difficult time."

Since January 2012, Canada has provided more than $48 million in humanitarian assistance efforts in Syria and neighbouring countries. For example, in March Minister Baird announced $13 million and in April, Minister Fantino announced the disbursement of $25 million dollars for people both inside and outside Syria affected by the crisis.

Canada is a leader in providing humanitarian assistance to vulnerable people in conflict and disaster-affected areas of the world. Economic Action Plan 2013 affirms Canada's commitment to poverty alleviation and the ability to respond to humanitarian crises such as the one affecting Syrians. The new Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development will help Canada achieve greater efficiency, accountability, and focus to continue to improve the lives of people in need around the world.

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Today's announcement of more than $2 million builds on Canada's commitment to help those in great need due to the conflict in Syria. This support from Canada will be pooled with other donor support to achieve the following results:

  • CARE Canada is providing emergency assistance to 2,500 unregistered Syrian refugees and vulnerable Jordanian households to help meet their needs for emergency shelter, food and non-food products and to enhance access to shelter and household items and improved livelihoods. ($1 million)
  • Save the Children Canada is providing urgently needed access to education and psychosocial support to 9,000 Syrian refugee and Jordanian children living in overburdened host communities. Through this project, Save the Children Canada aims to increase access to education, strengthen coping and resilience mechanisms for Syrian refugee children, and improve the capacity of vulnerable Syrian and Jordanian families to meet their basic needs. ($725,000)
  • Handicap International is addressing the immediate health and protection needs of 7,000 Syrian refugees residing in Jordan and Lebanon. The project is specifically targeting the most vulnerable refugees, such as people with injuries, disabilities, and chronic illnesses, as well as older refugees. It aims to improve their physical and mental well-being as well as increase the human dignity of injured, disabled and elderly Syrian refugees residing in Jordan. ($300,000)

Deployment of a Canadian expert to Jordan

With Canadian support, CANADEM is deploying a Canadian expert to assist UNICEF in its response to the influx of Syrian refugees into Jordan. CANADEM is a Canadian non-government organization with 16 years' experience in the recruitment, screening, promotion and mobilization of Canadian expertise overseas.

Situation in Syria

Since early 2011, the unrest in Syria has led more than 1.4 million Syrians to seek refuge in the neighbouring countries of Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq, Turkey, and Egypt, resulting in significant humanitarian needs. It is estimated that 6.8 million people, close to one third of the entire population of Syria, are in need of humanitarian assistance. Approximately 80,000 people have died in the ongoing conflict, with thousands more wounded. These numbers are increasing as the conflict continues and the humanitarian crisis worsens in the country.

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