Canadians give over $12 million in relief for Rohingya refugees to be matched by Government of Canada through Myanmar Crisis Relief Fund

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Between August 25 and November 28, 2017, Canadians donated $12.5 million in relief for Rohingya refugees. Through its Myanmar Crisis Relief Fund, the Government of Canada will match the donations dollar-for-dollar. (Photo: Medical Teams International)

$1.1 million donated through Canadian Foodgrains Bank and its members

Rohingya refugees who have fled to Bangladesh after experiencing extreme violence in Myanmar will receive life-saving assistance thanks to the $12.5 million donated by Canadians for relief activities, and matched by the Government of Canada’s Myanmar Crisis Relief Fund.

$1.1 million of that total was donated to Canadian Foodgrains Bank and its member churches and church agencies by Canadians, with $276,000 being donated directly to the Foodgrains Bank.

“Canadians continue to show themselves to be generous and compassionate people. Their contributions will help our partners respond to the increasing humanitarian needs in Myanmar and Bangladesh with a strong focus on meeting the particular needs of women and girls,” says Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister for International Development.

“I have seen first-hand what our support for humanitarian partners can do for those in affected communities, who need it most.”

Through the Myanmar Crisis Relief Fund, donations to registered charities working to respond to the needs of Rohingya refugees were matched on a 1:1 basis by the Government of Canada until November 28 and retroactive to August 25.

The government has now allocated its matching fund to organizations working in those regions, including Foodgrains Bank member Development and Peace—Caritas Canada.

“These efforts by the Government of Canada to amplify the impact of Canadians who want to help the Rohingya people are deeply appreciated,” says Foodgrains Bank executive director Jim Cornelius.

“We are grateful for the opportunity to work together to respond to this suffering.”

The Foodgrains Bank, through its members Emergency Relief and Development Overseas and World Renew, with the financial support of the Government of Canada and other Foodgrains Bank members, is distributing $1 million of food to Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh.

Amanda Thorsteinsson, Communications Coordinator