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World Vision comments on Prime Minister Harper’s announcement of increased funding for Syrian relief efforts

January 23, 2014

Dave Toycen, president and CEO of World Vision Canada, said:

“We are pleased that the Government of Canada has announced an additional contribution of up to $105 million over five years to help Jordan as it copes with the continuing flood of refugees from the ongoing conflict in Syria. This funding, in addition to the $203.5 million Canada has already committed to the overall Syrian relief effort, illustrates the generosity of Canadians in helping children and their families in times of need.

During my visits to Lebanon and Jordan in 2013, I saw first-hand the impact that humanitarian assistance can have. But I also saw the tragic consequences when the scale of the crisis outpaces the scale of the global response. Canada is among the largest contributors on a per capita basis to this relief effort, and we must use every means at our disposal to help the people of Syria and those of neighbouring countries who are being affected by the flood of refugees. As well, Canada must continue to press all sides in this conflict to seek a peaceful solution.

As the Syrian conflict approaches the start of its fourth year, World Vision continues to support more than 300,000 people affected by the fighting, both within Syria and in neighbouring countries such as Lebanon and Jordan. We are providing vital food assistance, water and sanitation, child protection, temporary education and healthcare.  But far more needs to be done if we are to prevent millions of children from losing out on a future. The funds pledged today will be a vital step toward that goal.”

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World Vision is a Christian relief, development and advocacy organization dedicated to working with children, families and communities to overcome poverty and injustice. World Vision serves all people regardless of religion, race, ethnicity or gender. Visit our News Centre at worldvision.ca

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