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The Syrian conflict has entered its sixth year. During that time at least 250,000 people have been killed, with some independent Syrian organisations citing upwards of 450,000, among them up to 19,000 children. Approximately 11 million people have been forced from their homes.
 
World Vision humanitarian responders are on the front lines of this crisis working in Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey and Iraq to bring aid and hope to children, families and communities.
 
Millions of children are facing challenges children should not have to face - missing out on school, working as child labourers and girls vulnerable to early marriage. A generation of children is at risk of being lost to the impact of this conflict.
 
Since 2011, World Vision has helped over 2.37 million refugees, displaced people and vulnerable host community members. Last year 1.1 million people - among them 630,000 children – were supported.  Food assistance, emergency supplies, water and sanitation, health, education and child protection interventions reached children and families in need.
 
 

 

RELEASES AND STORIES
June 16, 2016 - On June 20, media are invited to World Refugee Day events held across the country. From Victoria, BC, to Rosthern, SK, to Winnipeg, MB, to Pictou, NS, and places in between, Canadians will gather to show support to the 60 million displaced people worldwide.
 
Canada’s new commitments to families displaced by war
April 13, 2016 – World Vision is encouraged by today’s announcements from the Government of Canada signalling its on-going commitment to help vulnerable people displaced by conflict.  
March 8, 2016 – New report released by World Vision highlights how far the persistent and horrifying costs for Syria, its neighbours and its children have risen and will likely rise in the future. 
 
March 5, 2016 - World Vision Canada and the Mennonite Central Committee helped bring together Canadian children and children recently arrived from Syria to make new friends in a fun environment.
 
February 12, 2016 – Today, the International Syria Support Group agreed to a plan for the cessation of hostilities and to accelerate and expand aid deliveries. But there are additional steps that can and should be taken to end this conflict, according to World Vision.
 
February 8, 2016 – World Vision Canada acknowledges the Government of Canada’s announcement today that it would cease airstrikes against ISIS by February 22, but there are additional steps that can and should be taken to end this conflict.
 
February 3, 2016 – World leaders gathering in London, England this week must make a realistic and robust funding pledge for families who have fled the Syria conflict, and there must be serious commitments made to ensure humanitarian access for the millions of people still in need inside Syria. 
 
January 7, 2016 – World Vision is encouraged by the Government of Canada’s announcement today that it will extend match funding through the Syrian Emergency Relief Fund until the end of February. 
 
 
December 20, 2015 - Canadian children are sending a heartfelt video welcome to help Syrian children feel at home in Canada. View the video HERE.
 
December 17, 2015 - World Vision Canada is partnering with Staples Advantage Canada (the B2B division of Staples) to welcome new Syrian families by providing school backpacks and suppliesto school-aged children. 
 
November 27, 2015 - World Vision is urging Canadians to support newly arriving Syrian families and unveiled a list of practical tips on how to help them adjust to life in Canada. ​
 
November 12, 2015 - Photo gallery of World Vision's response to the Syria refugee crisis.
 
November 9, 2015 -  The international community must agree to a bold new deal for Syria’s refugees if it is serious about tackling the largest humanitarian crisis since World War II.
 
​Ibrahim, Outayba, Youssef and Khatteb, all under the age of 11, have likely seen more horrors in their lives than we could ever imagine. It has taken two planes, one boat and 20 days of walking for them to reach the Serbia-Croatia border.
 
October 16, 2015 - As winter approaches, refugees in Serbia are unprepared for cold temperatures and rain.
 
October 4, 2015 - On October 4, World Vision established a Child Friendly Space (CFS) in partnership with UNICEF, for refugees crossing the Bapska border between Serbia and Croatia.
 
One hundred dollars a month: that’s the price Amira is paying for the small one-room shack her family is living in off of a main street in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley. It’s an exorbitant price for Syrian refugees.
 
Syrian families who’ve fled their homes have nothing except the clothes on their backs. They’ve given up jobs, warm beds, school, loving friends, security, stocked pantries and more—all to stay alive.​
 
September 9, 2015  - World Vision has launched relief efforts to help Syrian children and families seeking asylum in Europe. Today, the agency began distributing baby kits and items for mothers and their families currently living in camps in Subotica and Kanjiza in northern Serbia, near the Hungarian border. 
 
March 12, 2015 – Three of Canada’s largest humanitarian aid agencies, released a scathing critique of how the United Nations Security Council has failed to alleviate the suffering of civilians in Syria.
 
​January 7, 2015 - The Government of Canada has announced $90 million in additional humanitarian funding for the refugee crises in Syria and Iraq. As part of this announcement, World Vision Canada has received $2.3 million for our humanitarian relief work in northern Iraq.
 
November 13, 2014 — As the G20 meets this weekend in Brisbane, World Vision Canada urges leaders not to ignore the Syrian and Iraqi humanitarian crises, especially with dropping temperatures and heavy rains affecting families living without adequate shelter.
 
September 8, 2014 - Aid agency will use funds to support displaced children and families in northern Iraq.
 
August 27, 2014 – World Vision welcomes the recent ceasefire in the Gaza conflict, which has ended seven weeks of fighting that has left almost 2,200 people dead, including the loss of 493 innocent children.​ 
 
July 16, 2014 — Reports of children involved in World Vision programs being killed and injured in Gaza as a result of the ongoing violence. ​
 
June 19, 2014 - As World Refugee Day approaches, it’s critical the world realizes that children often make up the majority of those who’ve fled their homes because of conflicts or other humanitarian emergencies.
 
June 4, 2014 — As G7 leaders prepare to meet today in Brussels, World Vision is calling on Prime Minister Harper to maximize his time with global leaders to address global poverty issues—particularly child and maternal health and the Syrian crisis.
 
​April 29, 2014 – A new refugee camp has been opened in Jordan located near the community of Azraq about 100 km east of Amman and has the capacity to host 130,000 people.
 
March 11, 2014 - Report from World Vision says Syrian children are facing increased risk of violence, abuse and child marriages.
 
February 5, 2014 - World Vision joins with the UN and other humanitarian organizations to call for the rights of Syrian children to be protected.
 
January 24, 2014 - Dave Toycen, president and CEO of World Vision Canada said: “On behalf of World Vision and its humanitarian partners in the No Lost Generation campaign, I want to commend the Government of Canada for today’s announcement of new funds to address the Syrian crisis.
 
January 23, 2014 - World Vision is pleased that the Government of Canada has announced an additional contribution of up to $105 million over five years. 
 
January 22, 2014 - Three of Canada's leading humanitarian aid agencies are urging the Government 
of Canada to help the children and families affected by the Syrian conflict, now entering its fourth year.
 
January 7, 2014 - Humanitarian agencies are uniting to urge governments, aid groups and the public 
to champion the children of Syria by backing a $1 billion "No Lost Generation" aid intervention.​​ 
 
November 25, 2013 - New World Vision Report, Stand with Me, Ending the War on Syria's Children, paints a picture of the horrors faced by children caught in the Syrian war.
 
September 17, 2013 -With the civil conflict in Syria now well into its third year, the crisis facing Syria's children is now the most serious humanitarian problem in the world. 
 
September 06, 2013 - The government’s commitment of an additional $45 million in humanitarian support for Syria is critical to providing food, clean water and protection. 
 
September 05, 2013 - G20 leaders are urged to set a date for peace talks where those involved with the Syrian conflict can negotiate an immediate ceasefire, and a lasting peaceful solution. 
 
July 31, 2013 - NGO’s voice concern for more than 1.4 million people – 80 per cent of all Syrian refugees – living in tents, temporary settlements, or over-crowded and expensive rented accommodation. 
 
July 15, 2013 - New report says aid should help alleviate tensions and urges assistance to be directed to both Syrian refugees and host families in affected communities. 
 
​June 26, 2013 - World Vision Canada is today launching an urgent 24-hour appeal (#OneDayForSyria) urging Canadians to help Syria’s refugee children who are bearing the brunt of the conflict. 
 
June 25, 2013 - Child-friendly space will be set-up for children to enjoy, while the media and public receive an update from Dave Toycen's trip to Jordan and Lebanon. 
 
June 18, 2013 - Thousands of children have been killed, maimed, displaced, or forced to fight.  These talks represent the best chance Syria’s children have had in more than two years for a future free from fear and violence
 
June 17, 2013 - Those caught on the frontlines are suffering injury, torture, death and depravation. An international response with an immediate and peaceful resolution of the conflict and humanitarian une 17, 2013 - Those caught on the frontlines are suffering injury, torture, death and depravation. An international response with an immediate and peaceful resolution of the conflict and humanitarian help for Syrians is critical.  
 
June 14, 2013 - At the G8 Canada must promote peace and increase humanitarian aid in Syria, protect global aid and development promises, increase mandatory reporting for mining, create accountability umbrella for G8 commitments, and complete development goals in fragile states. 
 
June 13, 2013 - World Vision president and CEO Dave Toycen will be visiting Jordan and Lebanon next week to bring public attention to the plight of 1.6 million Syrian refugees who have been forced to flee to neighbouring countries.
 
June 07, 2013 - Three million children have been affected so far, and the numbers will continue to rise as the conflict in Syria continues. As those numbers increase, the humanitarian need continues to expand faster than aid organizations’ funds to respond.
 
March 07, 2013 - Children tell stories of sniper fire in their street, bombings of their homes, losing loved ones. Many families are resorting to drastic measures to cope, including mothers who are considering marrying off their daughters to ensure their children's survival.
 
December 18, 2012 - The report Running from War, released today in Beirut, is based on interviews with Syrian children in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley over the past several months.
 
November 20, 2012 - An estimated 100,000 Syrian refugees are staying in Lebanon in makeshift accommodations, including more than 60,000 children. Canadians are urged to make a donation to help provide these families with food, clothing and a safe environment for children.​​ ​​​​
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