Donate to the Refugee Crisis Appeal


In recent weeks and months, there has been a dramatic increase in the number of people seeking refuge in Europe after fleeing their homeland to escape violence and unrest. The conflict in Syria is currently in its fifth year, with half the country’s population now dependent on humanitarian assistance. It is estimated that more than 350,000 refugees and migrants have entered Europe so far this year. Many of them are men, women and children fleeing the war in Syria, while others have fled Iraq and Afghanistan. The Red Cross has been providing assistance since June. Even though distribution of relief items has been scaled up in recent days, resources are insufficient to respond to an emergency of this scale.

The Toronto District School Board is supporting the efforts of the Red Cross to provide refugees and migrants in their journey by providing essential relief items such as food, water, first aid and psychological support. Red Cross and Red Crescent teams are on the ground providing direct aid to those affected by this ongoing humanitarian crisis. On behalf of The Toronto District School Board, we thank you for your support.

For every eligible dollar donated by individual Canadians to registered Canadian charities between September 12 and December 31 in response to the conflict in Syria, the government will set aside one dollar in its own Syria Emergency Relief Fund. This money set aside in the fund will then provide financing to experienced international and Canadian humanitarian organizations. The total value of the Fund will be capped at $100 million.

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"When man finally learns to control the elements... When the winds will be quiet and the earth cannot be torn apart...When there will be no loneliness... no destitution... no war... When the last hungry man, woman or child is fed... Only then will there be no need for the Red Cross."
Albert Schweitzer – Nobel Peace Prize winner