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Supporting Syrian Refugess

How You Can Support Syrian Refugess

Supporting Syrian Refugees

Over the last four and a half years, conditions for the citizens of Syria have deteriorated dramatically. What began as the Arab Spring protest has become a brutal war resulting in devastation across Syria. To date, it is estimated that close to a quarter of a million Syrians have been killed, almost eight million Syrians have been displaced and more than four million Syrians have fled the country as refugees.

This unprecedented exodus of refugees has created an extraordinary crisis. Recent events have brought this crisis to global attention, and now is the time for all of us to take action. The Canadian Labour Congress, in conjunction with the Canadian Council on Refugees, has established a special CLC International Assistance Fund to help sponsor and support the settlement of Syrian refugees in Canada. OSSTF has approved a donation of $5,000 to this fund. This donation is in addition to the $5,000 that we donated for Syrian refugees in May of 2015 to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Your District 24 Teacher Executive has also donated $500.00 to the CLC International Assistance Fund.

Our President, Paul Elliott, is encouraging each one of you to join your federation and make a donation to help the refugees of Syria. We recommend two ways to make your donation go further.

1. OSSTF has approved a doubling campaign that will help sponsor and support the settlement of Syrian refugees in Canada. This option uses the OSSTF Humanity Fund to match member and district donations. To make your donation to this campaign send your cheque payable to:

OSSTF Humanity Fund
Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation
60 Mobile Drive
Toronto, Ontario M4A 2P3

Cheques must be received by December 1, 2015. OSSTF will issue you a tax receipt, match all contributions to a maximum of $15,000 and donate the doubled amount on the federations behalf to the CLC International Assistance Fund.

2. To support refugees who are in need in and around Syria, we encourage you to donate directly to OXFAM Syria Emergency Relief Fund. This fund has already reached over 1.5 million people, across Syria, Lebanon and Jordan, who have been impacted by the Syrian crisis. Individual Canadians who take advantage of this option will have their
donations matched by the Canadian government if they are received before December 31, 2015. Donations to this fund can be made online at:
http://www.oxfam.ca/syriacrisis/ 

For information about Syrian Refugee donations, please contact Wayne Milliner at
wayne.milliner@osstf.ca at the Provincial Office.
Thank you for helping to make a difference.
OSSTF Humanity Fund is a CRA registered charity.