Fourteen Projects Totaling $10.8 million Committed in April

Monday, May 8, 2017

Faten, who works for MCC Canada’s Lebanese partner organization PARD, translates for Syrian families sharing about their uncertain lives. Families often split – some still in Syria, some already migrated to Turkey, others in limbo in Lebanon.

Over 142,000 people in nine countries will benefit; includes continued response to Syrian conflict

Over 142,000 people in nine countries will benefit from fourteen projects totaling $10.8 million committed by Canadian Foodgrains Bank in April.

The projects are being implemented by Foodgrains Bank members ADRA Canada, Canadian Baptist Ministries, Evangelical Missionary Church of Canada, Mennonite Central Committee Canada, Presbyterian World Service & Development, The United Church of Canada, World Relief Canada and World Renew, in collaboration with their local partners.

This spring marks the beginning of the seventh year of the Syrian conflict. Hundreds of thousands of innocent people, notably children, are bearing the brunt of a horrific war that has forced half the country’s population from their homes and caused over 13 million people to require humanitarian assistance.

The Foodgrains Bank has responded to the crisis since 2011, and continues to do so with four projects committed in Syria and Lebanon this month worth a combined total of $7 million.

One project, through Foodgrains Bank member Mennonite Central Committee Canada and working with Syrian partner Forum for Development, Culture and Dialogue, is providing 6,000 vulnerable households in Syria with a food basket each month for the next year. The food basket contains things like rice, wheat, pasta, tomato paste, chickpeas, and canned meat. The total value of the project is $3,100,000.

Another project, through Foodgrains Bank member Canadian Baptist Ministries, is responding to the needs of Syrians who have fled the violence in their home country and are living as refugees in Zahle, Lebanon.

There are over one million Syrian refugees who have fled to Lebanon, straining the tiny country’s resources.

Unable to legally work, many Syrian families find themselves living in deplorable conditions.

Through the project, implemented locally by the Lebanese Society for Educational and Social Development, 525 Syrian families are receiving monthly food baskets. The baskets help families stretch their limited savings and anything they can earn from working odd jobs to cover things like rent and health care. The project total is $797,000.

Other projects committed in April include:

• A food assistance project in Lebanon through Mennonite Central Committee Canada, totaling $2,000,000 and benefiting 4,200 people.
• A food assistance project in Lebanon through World Renew, totaling $1,088,000 and benefitting 3,750 people.
• An agriculture and livelihoods project in Haiti through World Renew, totaling $205,000 and benefitting 3,000 people.
• An agriculture and livelihoods project in Ethiopia through World Relief Canada, totaling $460,000 and benefitting 42,500 people.
• An agriculture and livelihoods project in Ethiopia through the Evangelical Missionary Church of Canada, totaling $430,000 and benefitting 7,200 people.
• An agriculture and livelihoods project in Haiti through Mennonite Central Committee Canada, totaling $197,000 and benefitting 22,000 people.
• A food assistance project in Iraq through Mennonite Central Committee Canada, totaling $1,180,000 and benefitting 5,800 people.
• An agriculture and livelihoods project in Kenya through The United Church of Canada, totaling $230,000 and benefitting 1,650 people.
• A food assistance project in Kenya through ADRA Canada, totaling $500,000 and benefitting 4,000 people.
• A nutrition project in Nepal through Mennonite Central Committee Canada, totaling $460,000 and benefitting 8,700 people.
• An agriculture and livelihoods project in Nicaragua through Presbyterian World Service & Development, totaling $72,000 and benefitting 2,000 people.
• An agriculture and livelihoods project in Zimbabwe through Mennonite Central Committee Canada, totaling $128,000 and benefitting 2,500 people.
Projects supported by Canadian Foodgrains Bank are undertaken with support from the Government of Canada.

–Amanda Thorsteinsson, Communications Coordinator