Canada provides humanitarian assistance in response to earthquakes in Türkiye and Syria




 

Canada provides humanitarian assistance in response to earthquakes in Türkiye and Syria

 

Feb. 10, 2023

Global Korean Post

 

Powerful earthquakes struck Türkiye and Syria on Monday, causing the death of thousands of people and destroying homes, roads, health facilities and other critical infrastructure.

To support the international response to this emergency, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of International Development and Minister responsible for the Pacific Economic Development Agency of Canada, announced that Canada will match donations to the Canadian Red Cross Earthquake in Türkiye and Syria Appeal.

This contribution will help support emergency medical services and provide shelter, food and other essential items.

Every donation made by individuals to the Canadian Red Cross between February 6 and 22, 2023, will be matched, up to a maximum of $10 million.

Once the matching period ends, the Canadian Red Cross will allocate the total amount of funding to support the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement in its response to the humanitarian needs caused by the earthquakes.

Canadians who would like to donate to the Canadian Red Cross Earthquake in Türkiye and Syria Appeal can do so online or by calling 1-800-418-1111.

 

In addition, Canada has allocated approximately $50 million in humanitarian assistance to Syria for 2023. Many Canadian-funded partners have already initiated emergency response activities in Syria, including the distribution of food by the World Food Programme, fuel for emergency heating by NGOs and UN agencies and tents, tarps and other shelter-related items by the UN Refugee Agency.