Backgrounder - UNICEF programs


Since September 12, 2015, Canadians have generously donated $31,801,775 to registered Canadian charities for humanitarian assistance in response to the Syria crisis. The Government of Canada committed to matching these funds.

To that end, Canada has announced a contribution of $31.8 million to UNICEF, in a focused effort to provide education opportunities and child-protection services and to increase access to health services for conflict-affected and vulnerable children in Jordan and Syria. The funds will be allocated as follows:

  • $21.8 million will support up to 84 Makani centres in Jordan. Makani centres use an integrated approach to expand protection, learning and youth-engagement opportunities for vulnerable children. The funding will provide up to 30,000 children with education opportunities, life skills and psychosocial support services. It will also provide 19,600 vulnerable children, currently ineligible for formal education, with catch-up classes.
  • $6 million will increase education opportunities and provide school supplies and self-learning materials to 400,000 vulnerable children in Syria, including those living in hard-to-reach and besieged areas.
  • $4 million will support a nationwide immunization campaign in Syria and help provide routine vaccinations to up to 2.9 million conflict-affected at-risk children.

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