Month: February 2016

Catholic agencies aiding Syrians hope for big rise in donations

On February 23, 2016 the BC Catholic published an article by Deborah Gyapong regarding the extension of matching funds by the Federal Government and the hopes that this may result in a rise in donations to refugee sponsorship groups. Three Catholic charities joined forces with the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) last fall to raise urgently-needed funds for Syrian refugees.

David Leduc, the executive director of the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace, said he is grateful the international development minister extended the deadline to the end of February. He hopes Catholics will help CCODP meet its goal of $3.5 million by then. To date it has raised $2.2 million. Humanitarian projects Development and Peace has helped fund have included medical supplies, distribution of winter supplies, basic household items, food vouchers, housing assistance and educational activities for children.

Aid to the Church in Need has raised $415,305 so far for projects that include helping displaced persons in Syria with housing, winter clothing and baby supplies. Through the local churches they have helped fund reconstruction projects in the Syrian cities Yabroud and Homs where some Christians have returned.

CNEWA Canada national director Carl Hetu points out CNEWA has been in the Middle East for 90s years and the Syrian crisis is not the first the agency has witnessed. “Our role all along is to accompany the local church in whatever crisis they go through,” he said. “The Syrian one is a major one, so we’re there with the Church and the people to help them survive this big mess.”

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Emergency aid for Syrians: more than $3.5 million collected in Canada

In September 2015, with the support of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace (D&P), Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) Canada, and the Catholic Near East Welfare Association Canada (CNEWA), a joint fundraising campaign was launched, aimed at involving all the Church in Canada in order to assist Syrian refugees seeking shelter and protection in the Middle East and parts of Europe.

To date, the joint campaign has raised more than $3.5 million. On January 7, 2016, the Minister for International Development and La Francophonie, the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, announced that the federal government’s period for matching donations toward Syrian emergency assistance has been extended until February 29, 2016. Therefore, you can still donate to this effort by clicking on any of the links in this article.

ACN has raised $415,305 to date. CNEWA Canada received approximately $890,715. Development and Peace – Caritas Canada has collected $2.2M. The Catholic Church has been mobilized from the beginning of the crisis through the Pontifical Council Cor Unum and its charity network.

The full article in English can be found here.

The full article in French can be found here.