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The ongoing war in Syria has displaced over 15 million people during the almost 6 years of the conflict. PWRDF, through the ACT Alliance and Canadian Foodgrains Bank as well as PWRDF's partner Refuge Egypt, has supported displaced people in Syria and the surrounding countries throughout the conflict. In 2015-16, thanks to the Canadian government's matching fund program, PWRDF raised $560,000 for work through ACT PWRDF has committed a further $ 100,000 in 2016-17 through ACT for relief work in Syria, Lebanon and Jordan.

ACT is a network of more than 143 churches and faith-based organizations working together in relief, development and advocacy. In September 2016, ACT held a consultation with its members to discuss its continuing response to the ongoing crisis in Syria.

Four priorities emerged from this consultation to enhance ACT's work in providing the necessities of life to displaced communities:

Advocacy: ACT members are engaged in advocacy at many levels, from advocating for health care and education for displaced Syrians to influencing political solutions to the conflict.

Resiliency: The reality of millions of displaced Syrians moving into the surrounding countries is putting a huge strain on the resources of host communities. In 2015, more than 20% of the population of Lebanon was comprised of Syrian refugees. ACT is working to improve the ways that it...

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