The Canadian government announced it will contribute $100 million to help communities stricken by the Syrian crisis.
Private citizens responded to campaigns by charitable organizations and donated $31.8 million. As promised, the government will match that amount and give it to UNICEF to provide education and child protection services in Syria and Jordan. It will also aid efforts to vaccinate children in Syria.
‘Trusted partners’ will provide aid
The balance of the government contribution–$68.2 million—will be given to “trusted Canadian and international partners” who work in Iraq, Syria, Jordan and Lebanon providing shelter, food, water and health care to those affected by the Syrian conflict.
The Canadian government calls itself a leading donor in response to the Syrian and Iraq crises. It note that in February it announced a three-year commitment of $1.1 billion in response to the Syrian crisis.