CCODP announces funding in response to Syrian crisisFriday, October 18, 2013
The Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace announced yesterday that “with support from the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada, CCODP will be providing $5.4 million in humanitarian aid to victims of the crisis in Syria.” Its news release also confirms that its emergency collection in collaboration with the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) has to date raised over $1.3 million for programs toward relief efforts in Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan and Syria. As some Canadian dioceses have indicated that the results of the collection may not yet be final, the CCCB will later publish the total donations that were made, once these are available from CCODP.
The website of the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development indicates the Government of Canada since January 2012 has committed more than $203.5 million in humanitarian assistance for the Syrian crisis, of which $158.5 million has been allocated to date. In addition, the government this past summer announced a further $100 million in development support to assist countries in the region which are receiving the largest numbers of Syrian refugees.