On March 15th, the Syrian Civil War entered its seventh year in which over 400,000 people have been killed and over one million have been injured. The statistics remain staggering: 11.3 million people, including 3 million people living with injuries and disabilities, require health assistance, with 3 million people living in besieged areas and 743,000 children at severe risk of malnutrition. Recently, almost 50,000 people have fled Eastern Ghouta, near Damascus and the northern town of Afrin.
To help mitigate this immense humanitarian crisis, IDRF has been working to distribute food packages for vulnerable Syrians during the Holy Month of Ramadan which can fulfill one families’ nutritional needs for a month.
The humanitarian situation in Syria remains dire: Join us as we help to provide basic essentials to vulnerable people living in one of the most precarious environments on earth.
Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) based industries are the fastest growing in the world and many Canadians are excited about turning their passion for building websites into a career. However, women only represent 25% of the individuals employed in tech.
IDRF is pleased to announce a new partnership with The United Way Greater Toronto and Lighthouse Labs to implement Coding and Web Development to Women in the GTA- a program that will train 32 women between the ages 18-29 with 45 hours of web development training and promote the pursuit of employment in STEM. In addition, participants will also receive job readiness training that will educate them on how to navigate the Canadian job market.
ALL CONTACTED PARTICIPANTS ARE INVITED TO ATTEND THE INTRODUCTORY WORKSHOP ON CODING FOR SATURDAY JULY 14TH FROM 10:00 A.M. TO 4:00 P.M. AT LIGHTHOUSE LABS AT 46 SPADINA AVE, TORONTO, ON M5V 2H8
Update: Due to the immense in interest in this program, we encourage all those hoping to participate to sign up as soon as possible. In the case where the number of requests exceeds of available spaces, priority will be given to women in the greatest need for job preparedness training and those underrepresented communities in the tech sector.
A combination of hot and dry conditions, wind gusts, and lightning storms have led to a series of devastating forest fires that have ravaged large swathes of forest in the Cariboo, Kamloops and southeast regions of British Columbia. British Columbia has declared a state of emergency as more than 54,000 people have been forced from their homes. Fire containment efforts are ongoing, with over 1,000 firefighters battling the 230 forest fires burning across the province.
Our ask: You helped us raise $250,000 for the people of Fort McMurray, Alberta in their time of need and now we are asking again for your support. Join us to provide critical relief support for the affected people of Cariboo, Kamloops and the southeast regions of British Columbia.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your tremendous support and generosity during the Month of Ramadan.
This year, we had the opportunity to travel around the country where we met many new and some familiar faces that came together to make their mark and to “Be Remarkable” this Ramadan.
Together we raised fundraising dollars through events, mosques, online and raised awareness and engaged communities in our Famine Relief Packing events.
This Ramadan alone, I am pleased to announce that with your support we made a mark in the lives of many vulnerable people. Here’s what we were able to accomplish! Together we:
Distributed 1 Million Meals in Ramadan in East Africa
Provided 10,500 people in Somalia with clean drinking water for 1 year. This was made possible by your donations of 1500 water filtration kits.
Provided clean drinking water and food aid in Gaza, Syria, India and Pakistan
Provided educational and mental health supports for orphans and vulnerable children in countries including Lebanon and Guyana.
So dear friends and supporters, I cannot thank you enough for all that you have done to support some of the world’s most vulnerable people. We are truly honoured for your faith in IDRF and the work we continue to do.
Together, we can and we will save lives and rebuild communities.
Thank you again and we wish you all a safe and happy Eid-ul-Fitr!