Floods in Quebec

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The Floods in Quebec over the last few days has left many families dealing with the aftermath of the excess water within their homes. Many have had to evacuate from their homes and even their communities. A total of 130 communities within Quebec have been affected by this crisis. A state of emergency has been declared and the military has been in called in to provide support.

IDRF is committed to ensuring that the families that have been affected receive the support they require as they come to terms with the damage that has been done and are able to rebuild their lives one day at a time.

Your contribution will support those affected by this crisis. Together we can and we will save lives and rebuild communities locally and abroad.

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Million Meals

After three years of drought conditions have devastated crops and livestock in the East African region, 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.

On April 9th, IDRF is committed to responding to this crisis by launching its One Million Meals Campaign at the Bring Hope to East Africa fundraising dinner at Woodbine Banquet Hall in Etobicoke.

IDRF is currently on the ground in Kenya, providing emergency food assistance and 3 meals a day to those affected as well trucking in clean water. With the support of generous donors, IDRF will continue to expand its emergency relief efforts into Somalia where food parcels, such as rice, flour, sugar, oil, and dried vegetables as well as water trucking and water purification kits will be distributed throughout the Baidoa (Bay Region) and Grarasbaley (Banaadir Region).

IDRF Chair, Zeib Jeeva, echoes the need to provide urgent relief aid to this famine-affected region.

The One Million Meals Campaign is aimed at providing a million meals to those affected by famine, drought and/or those living in emergency and war-torn areas of the world. We are beginning this campaign with a focus on East Africa, as the situation there is dire and the need is great.

 

UN Photo / Albert González Farran

An Appeal – Supporting the Children of Syria

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AN APPEAL – SUPPORTING THE CHILDREN OF SYRIA

On April 4th, 131 civilians, including 41 children, were killed in chemical air strikes that targeted multiple Syrian cities, including Khan Sheikhoun, Salqeen, Jisr al-Shughur, and Saraqeb.

The devastation has been horrific: it has been reported that the victims of the attacks have experienced spasms, suffocation and other symptoms that are consistent with exposure to toxic gasses, such as sarin gas.

In the midst of this conflict, IDRF has been working on the ground, providing lifesaving assistance, such as water, food and hygiene kits in many areas of Syria, pictured below.

Yet, in light of the ever-present need for humanitarian aid, we are again asking for your help. We have created a crowdfunding campaign specifically to provide aid to Syrians in the midst of these devastating attacks.

You can help save lives with the click of a button: Please click on the link below to help us provide emergency relief for people in one of the direst circumstances imaginable.
 

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Donations can also be mailed to
International Development and Relief Foundation (IDRF)
908 The East Mall
Toronto, ON,
M9B 6K2

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
 
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OR can be mailed to

International Development and Relief Foundation (IDRF)

908 The East Mall

Toronto, ON,

M9B 6K2

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.

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.

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

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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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