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Syria joint campaign and matching fund ends, but humanitarian needs remain

OTTAWA, March 2, 2016 - Over the last six months, Canadians generously donated $3.7 million to the Humanitarian Coalition. The Government of Canada’s matching fund, which ended on February 29, means another $3.7 million will go to helping Syrians in need.

“With the end of the matching fund, we announce the close of the joint campaign for the Syrian Refugee Crisis. This was the longest such campaign for the Humanitarian Coalition and its members, and created a lot of awareness to one of the worst humanitarian crises the world has ever seen,” said Nicolas Moyer, Executive Director of the Humanitarian Coalition. “We are grateful for the immense contributions of our many supporters and corporate partners who helped us make a difference in the lives of people caught in this conflict.”

While the joint appeal may be closed, the situation remains critical for civilians still in Syria or seeking refuge in neighbouring countries. The crisis is nearing its five-year anniversary and millions of vulnerable people still need urgent help.

Canadians can still make a difference in the lives of Syrians and other vulnerable populations by donating directly to the Humanitarian Coalition’s members: CARE Canada, Oxfam-Canada, Oxfam-Québec, Plan International Canada and Save the Children.

Until the crisis does end, humanitarian organizations will continue providing assistance, including the basic necessities such as food, water and shelter.

In the face of growing humanitarian needs in and around Syria, the members of the Humanitarian Coalition applaud the Government of Canada’s expanding commitments to humanitarian assistance. We also remind the federal government that it has the opportunity and responsibility to continue to make a difference – by increasing its diplomatic engagement, demanding an end to abuses against women and children, pressing for unhindered humanitarian access and working with other nations to promote a peaceful and lasting resolution to this conflict.

“We are grateful to Canadians for responding to this matching donations program and for being so welcoming to more than 25,000 Syrian refugees who are being resettled in this country,” said Marie Staunton, interim President and CEO of Plan International Canada. “As the Syrian crisis now approaches its fifth anniversary, the flow of refugees leaving the country shows no signs of slowing down, and it may be many years before children and their families can return home.”

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The Humanitarian Coalition is Canada's only joint appeal mechanism. It is comprised of CARE Canada, Oxfam Canada, Oxfam-Québec, Plan Canada and Save the Children Canada. With a combined presence in more than 120 countries, we bring together Canada's leading aid agencies to finance relief efforts in times of international humanitarian crises. We work together to eliminate unnecessary competition, reduce the duplication of fundraising costs, and inform the public on humanitarian needs. For more information, visit