Canada to match donations for humanitarian response in Gaza and West Bank

Gaza crisis. Families flee their homes in Rafah at the southern end of the Gaza Strip. Photo Courtesy: UNICEF/Eyad El Baba

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Toronto/CMEDIA: Donations made to the Humanitarian Coalition’s Gaza Humanitarian Emergency Appeal will reportedly be matched by the Government of Canada, Ahmed Hussen, Minister of International Development has announced in a news release.

Bringing together leading Canadian humanitarian organizations to offer Canadians a simple and effective way to help during international humanitarian crises, members of The Humanitarian Coalition are Action Against Hunger Canada, Canadian Foodgrains Bank, Canadian Lutheran World Relief, CARE Canada, Doctors of the World Canada, Humanity and Inclusion Canada, Islamic Relief Canada, Oxfam Canada, Oxfam-Québec, Plan International Canada, Save the Children Canada and World Vision Canada.

“Canadians believe in helping others in times of need…in supporting our partners on the ground…urgent, life-saving assistance to those most severely impacted by this humanitarian crisis” Hussen said

An initial $10 million in funding for humanitarian assistance was allocated by Canada on Oct 25 to address urgent needs arsing from the crisis in the Gaza Strip, the West Bank, Israel and neighbouring areas.

Considering Canada’s continued advocation for access of essential humanitarian relief to Palestinian civilians in Gaza and the West Bank, Hussen reportedly said that every donation made by individuals to the Humanitarian Coalition and its members retroactively from October 7, 2023, until November 12, 2023, will be matched, up to a maximum of $10 million.

With Canada’s strong procedures and oversight in place, funds raised through Canadians’ generosity will help deliver life-saving services to innocent civilians such as child protection, shelter, emergency food and nutrition assistance, as well as necessary water, sanitation, health and medical services.

Funding provided at the end of the donation matching period will be allocated from the $50 million in humanitarian assistance funding announced on October 21, 2023.

At the end of the matching period, the funds will be transferred by Canada to the Humanitarian Coalition. The Humanitarian Coalition to be disbursed among its members based on criteria such as their capacity and presence in the affected region.