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Hope to East Africa

The famine has ravaged East Africa, putting nearly 13 million people in Somalia, Kenya, South Sudan and Ethiopia at risk of starvation with an approximate 600,000 children under five who will soon suffer from extreme malnutrition.

In response, IDRF is doing its part to help ensure that these vulnerable people are given the urgent aid they need to survive through these dire circumstances.

Join us for the “Bringing Hope to East Africa” fundraising dinner on April 9th at 5 pm at Woodbine Banquet Hall to help us raise funds to support those affected by the East African Famine.

Tickets are available for purchase online for $50.00 per person, $500 for a table of 10 and $25.00 for children under 12.

With your support, we can make a difference in the lives of some of the world’s most at risk people.

A lesser known crisis that has raged for the last three years has nearly reached its boiling point: The East African Famine.

Three years of drought conditions have devastated crops and livestock in the East African region, resulting in rising food prices and families without the ability to feed themselves. As a result, nearly 13 million people in Somalia, Kenya, South Sudan and Ethiopia are at risk of starvation with an approximate 600,000 children under five who will soon suffer from extreme malnutrition.

This crisis calls for immediate action: Join us as we raise funds to provide water and emergency relief to those in need.

Ways to Donate to IDRF

Donations can be made online
 
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OR can be mailed to

International Development and Relief Foundation (IDRF)

908 The East Mall

Toronto, ON,

M9B 6K2

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A Fundraiser for EDHI Foundation

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On May 13, 2017, join the Let’s Help Mankind Group and Signs2go.ca with support from IDRF (International Development and Relief Foundation) to raise funds to support EDHI Foundation’s ambulatory care project which aims to provide life saving services to those in need in Pakistan.

 

For details on tickets, tables and sponsorships, please contact:

Ayesha Yousef - 416-414-0135

Anjum Alvi - 416-879-1644

Mazhar Shafiq - 647-717-5149

Mohammed Humayun - 647-707-2665

or email letshelpmankindgroup@hotmail.com

 

IDRF’S PARTNERSHIP WITH THE EDHI FOUNDATION- DRIVING PEOPLE TO BETTER HEALTH OUTCOMES

Pakistan suffers from high casualty rates from both natural and human-made disasters due to insufficient health infrastructure, which exacerbates the immense challenges that poor people face when responding to emergencies.

To help mitigate this intense crisis in 2015, IDRF partnered with Edhi Foundation, the largest private owner of ambulances in Pakistan, to implement a 24 hour emergency ambulance service that operates in rural and urban areas across the country.

Edhi is a trusted partner of numerous government agencies and private organizations that permit its ambulances to pick up the sick and injured in the wake of emergencies.

Your aid has helped IDRF mitigate this issue by partnering with the highly reputable EDHI Foundation to purchase 165 ambulances that provide services in remote areas to over 20,000 vulnerable people.

Fast facts:

  • The EDHI Foundation operates 1,800 ambulances stationed throughout Pakistan
  • IDRF, through the EDHI Foundation, is working in nine cities in Pakistan
  • The average cost of an ambulance is $9,000-$10,000
  • Each ambulance is outfitted with tracking devices to enable the driver to receive real time data for more efficient routes
  • IDRF has worked with the EDHI foundation since 2015 in the wake of several devastating earthquakes

 

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The East African Famine

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A lesser known crisis that has raged for the last three years has nearly reached its boiling point: The East African Famine.

Three years of drought conditions have devastated crops and livestock in the East African region, resulting in rising food prices and families without the ability to feed themselves. As a result, nearly 13 million people in Somalia, Kenya, South Sudan and Ethiopia are at risk of starvation with an approximate 600,000 children under five who will soon suffer from extreme malnutrition.

This crisis calls for immediate action: Join us as we raise funds to provide water and emergency relief to those in need.

Ways to Donate to IDRF

Donations can be made online
 
Donate Now
 

OR can be mailed to

International Development and Relief Foundation (IDRF)

908 The East Mall

Toronto, ON,

M9B 6K2

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Skate 4 Syrians

Thank you to everyone who participated in our 2nd Annual Skate for Syrians, organized by the Young Professionals Council (YPC) of IDRF.

Blessed with great weather and a perfect indoor/outdoor venue, participants had an amazing time skating for a worthy cause and enjoying some hot chocolate and baked goods in the presence of great company. All proceeds raised during the event, including the silent auction and through crowdfunding will be used to support Syrian refugee children in Lebanon with disabilities and mental health illnesses.

Among the many participants were IDRF-YPC members (Anjum, Muzna, Muhammad, Noman, Shafaq and Seema), IDRF Board members (Zeib Jeeva, Reza Rizvi and Seema Rizvi), IDRF staff (Farheen, Elyas & Dulaa) & even a few local celebrities including Momin Qureshi from 680 News! Although there were many highlights throughout the night, the exuberance of all the children as they skated was a delight to watch. This includes children of recently settled Syrian refugee families whose resilience and commitment to learning something new and becoming a part of the Canadian fabric was inspirational! We look forward to seeing you at another IDRF-YPC event soon. For details on the activities of the Young Professionals Council, visit http://www.idrfypc.com.

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Successful Syrian Refugees Fundraiser

On behalf of IDRF, we are extremely grateful to all the hard work and dedication of the Helping Syrian Refugees Womens’ collective in making the Fundraiser for Syrians event a success this weekend! Thank you to all the generous donors and supporters in helping us raise funds to support Syrian refugees living in the refugee camps in Lebanon. Your generosity helped us in raising $100K! This significant contribution will go such a long way to support the refugees to survive the winter months.

Please know that you have made a deep impact on the lives of many and for that we are truly grateful.

At IDRF we believe in ensuring that everyone deserves to live with dignity and today, you allowed us to continue to fulfill that mission and mandate by ensuring that many Syrian refugees living in Lebanon will not have to make that difficult choice of whether to use the limited fuel they have to warm their stoves or their homes.

Thank you for helping us Spread the Warmth.

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IDRF stands with the victims of the Quebec City Mosque Shooting

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Background/ Context:

On Jan 29th, a gunman entered the Centre Culturel Islamique de Quebec, murdering six people and causing shockwaves throughout the world.  In the midst of this horrific act, IDRF offers its heartfelt condolences and support to the victims of the Quebec City Mosque attack.  A mosque, much like all places of worship, is intended to be peaceful, where anyone can go to seek solace and spiritual fulfillment. Considering this, it is shocking and deeply disturbing to know that a violent act was committed there.  In response to this horrific act, IDRF is committed to supporting the victims and their families affected by this tragedy.

IDRF’s Assessment of the Current Situation:

In speaking to the mosque executives at the Centre Culturel Islamique de Quebec is it is our understanding that funds have already been raised to support the communities’ immediate needs of funeral costs and their expenses including rent and bills for this month. The families affected have also had to fly in family members from overseas for additional caregiving, to begin to plan to seek alternative ways of earning an income.  What is still required is a long term strategy on how to support these families in the coming weeks, months and even years as they begin to adjust to the loss of their family members, who were also their family income earners.

IDRF’s commitment for funds collected:

The funds collected through IDRF will be used to support the families in the long term. To ensure that they families have food to eat, access to a place to live and can ensure that their children have access to a good education and a good future. All funds raised through IDRF will be donated directly to the Centre Culturel Islamique de Quebec and they will in turn support the families with their ongoing needs as required.

Ways to Donate to IDRF

Donations can be made online
 
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OR can be mailed to

International Development and Relief Foundation (IDRF)

908 The East Mall

Toronto, ON,

M9B 6K2

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The Time to Act is Now: The Humanitarian Situation in Yemen

In the midst of a nearly two year old conflict that has engulfed Yemen, an estimated 44,000 people have been killed or injured, with more than 3 million forced from their homes. The already fragile situation has deteriorated dramatically, and now nearly 21.1 million Yemenis or a staggering 81 percent of the population are in need of some form of humanitarian or protection assistance.

These statistics illustrate a desperate situation that calls for immediate assistance from humanitarian organizations and their supporters.

To help alleviate these dire conditions, IDRF is supporting the efforts of UNHCR to distribute relief aid to Yemen’s beleaguered citizens. We have worked with UNHCR in the past, for example, to secure basic needs for those fleeing mass violence and persecution in Myanmar (Burma). IDRF is proud to once again help to ensure that vulnerable residents receive the urgent assistance they need to survive such as emergency shelter, food and medical aid.

Please donate generously so that we can continue our mission to provide hope and dignity to the world’s most vulnerable people.

 
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Thank you for helping us spread the warmth on New Year’s Eve!

Last Saturday, we rang in the New Year by hosting our “Spread the Warmth” event, where attendees distributed winter kits to refugees living in Sojourn House, a local Toronto refugee shelter. The event kicked off at the Centre for Social Innovation, with over 40 people in attendance who were there to help their neighbours in need.

Through the generous support of our donors and attendees, over 120 winter kits were assembled, including scarves, mittens, hats and toiletries like toothpaste and toothbrushes. These essential items were then donated to the refugee shelter as individual gifts for their residents.

Our “Spread the Warmth” event was an opportunity for new and existing IDRF supporters to learn about the local and international work of IDRF, highlighting our projects in Lebanon and Gaza to provide residents with winter supplies to help them survive during the winter months.

We are so grateful for the support of our generous attendees who donated their time, energy and winter supplies on New Year’s Eve; we look forward to working with you in 2017 to continue providing dignity and hope to vulnerable people in the world.
 
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Now is the time to give

The news out of Syrian cities and towns continues to shock and sadden, with an estimated 13.5 million people, including 6 million children, in need of emergency relief. In the midst of the ongoing violence that has raged for nearly six years, humanitarian agencies are struggling to provide emergency aid to the continuous needs of at risk people.

What we’re doing:

The large population of Syrians who fled for their lives are now refugees scattered far from home, trying to stay alive. During these cold winter months, there is danger that the refugees may succumb to the cold and malnourishment.

IDRF has been helping provide vitally needed winter clothing and fuel for cooking to residents of Lebanon settlements. We have also been providing mental health support for Syrian refugee children who have witnessed and are still experiencing psychological traumas.

What you can do:

IDRF’s two events, Spread the Warmth and Skate 4 Syria, are dedicated to providing substantial relief to Syrian refugees.

  • The Spread the warmth event on December 31st is a fitting way to give back to vulnerable people in need this holiday season. Join us as we distribute vitally needed warm winter clothing and fuel supplies for vulnerable people in Lebanon settlements and to homeless people in the Greater Toronto Area.
  • Our Skate4Syria event on February 11th will be a fun filled evening of skating, hot chocolate and baked goods to help us raise money vulnerable Syrians in need. All proceeds from this event will go towards providing refugee children with ongoing mental health support in the form of music, play, and drama therapy; as well, their caregivers will receive training to improve their abilities to support at risk children with mental health needs. These services will then help Syrian refugee children begin to heal from traumas that they have suffered.

Help us to provide warmth, food and mental health counselling to the most vulnerable people in the world.

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