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Canada supports Syrian refugees during humanitarian crisis

July 3, 2013

OTTAWA — The worsening violence in Syria is forcing Syrians to leave their homes to seek safety in neighbouring countries such as Lebanon. Today, Lois Brown, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Development, the Honourable Julian Fantino, held a round table with local representatives of the Lebanese-Syrian community and highlighted efforts by Canada to provide life-saving assistance for Syrian refugees in Lebanon.

"Canada is gravely concerned by the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Syria and for the well-being of more than 1.6 million Syrian refugees who have fled to neighbouring countries, including over 500,000 currently residing in Lebanon," said Parliamentary Secretary Brown. "Our Government’s support will help to provide life-saving humanitarian assistance including food, water, shelter, and protection to the refugees affected by the conflict."

The continued violence in Syria has resulted in increased refugee flows and an increased need for humanitarian assistance. According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the refugees arriving in Lebanon are facing difficulties in meeting their basic needs.

"Canada commends all humanitarian organizations including Canadian and local humanitarian organizations that are making brave efforts to meet the urgent needs of those affected by the crisis in Syria," said Minister Fantino. "We will continue to provide humanitarian assistance to those in need because it represents the best of Canadian values."

Canada provides humanitarian assistance to the most vulnerable people in conflict- and disaster-affected areas of the world. The Economic Action Plan 2013 affirms Canada's commitment to providing humanitarian assistance. The new Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development will maintain the mandate of poverty alleviation and the ability to respond to humanitarian crises.

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Backgrounder

Lois Brown, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Development, the Honourable Julian Fantino, highlighted humanitarian assistance for Syrian refugees in Lebanon. A total of $2,625,000 has been allocated as follows:

Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace — $525,000
Canada's support will assist 10,500 non-registered Syrian refugees in Bekaa and Mount Lebanon regions to access health care facilities. Mobile clinics will deliver emergency health care to Syrian refugees (with a focus on children and women) currently sheltering in the Bekaa and Mount Lebanon regions. The medical teams will assist by providing refugees with

  • emergency basic health needs;
  • awareness sessions on personal hygiene; and
  • hygiene kits for improved hygiene conditions.

Save the Children Canada — $800,000
Canada's support will address the immediate child protection, education and livelihoods needs of 8,000 Syrian refugees in Lebanon through the provision of

  • increased access to appropriate education, recreation and counselling on the part of crisis-affected children;
  • training of approximately 1,000 community members on child protection issues;
  • increased protection and support to particularly vulnerable crisis-affected children and families; and
  • improved capacity of particularly vulnerable families to meet their basic needs.

World Vision Canada — $1 million
Canada's support will assist 3,750 non-registered Syrian refugees in South Lebanon through the provision of

  • cash assistance to approximately 750 families to cover basic food needs;
  • improved access to clean drinking water via the distribution of water filters; and
  • awareness sessions on personal hygiene.

Handicap International Canada — $300,000
Canada's support will address the immediate health and protection needs of 11,150 Syrian refugees residing in Lebanon. The project will specifically target the most vulnerable crisis-affected refugees such as people with injuries, disabilities and chronic illnesses, as well as older refugees. Activities will include

  • supporting health facilities to provide emergency rehabilitation care;
  • improving physical and mental well-being, and increased human dignity of particularly vulnerable Syrian refugees residing in Lebanon; and
  • providing physical rehabilitation, assistive and mobility devices, and psychosocial support to Syrian refugees with disabilities.