Unifor Social Justice Fund
Unifor is committed to improving the lives of workers and their families in Canada and around the world. In 2015 Unifor Social Justice Fund made a generous and significant contribution to support UNHCR’s Lifeline program.
“Unifor members have been deeply touched by the refugee crisis in Syria,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor’s national president. “We must respond with humanity and generosity.”
The Fund has also partnered with a Canadian settlement organization to sponsor the resettlement of five Syrian refugee families in Canada, further augmenting its commitment to social justice and protecting human rights.
Using state-of-the-art iris-scanning biometrics to prevent fraud, the cash assistance program is the most effective and efficient way of supporting refugees.
Elderly Syrian refugee Rasmiyah sits with her family in the small rented apartment she shares with her husband. Rasmiyah's husband, Khaled, suffers from advanced Parkinson's disease and receives cash assistance from UNHCR so that Rasmiyah can cover the cost of his medicine and special food.
Elderly Syrain refugee Rasmiyah talks with UNHCR Senior Field Associate, Omar Al Tayyan, in the small rented apartment she shares with her husband, son, daughter-in-law and grandchildren.
Fatima, 50, sits for a portrait in her one-room basement apartment on the rural outskirts of Amman thanks to the cash assistance they are receiving from UNHCR.
Unifor Social Justice Fund’s Lifeline support means that some of the most vulnerable Syrian refugee families currently living in Jordan’s urban areas (over 80% of refugees in Jordan live outside of camps), will receive direct monthly cash assistance to help them survive. In this secure, high-tech, low-cost program, in which 97% of funding goes directly to the families, impoverished refugees can keep their children in school, buy desperately needed medicines and afford winter heating supplies.
Abu Ahmed, an injured Syrian refugee living with his family in Jordan, talks about the difference UNHCR’s monthly cash assistance program has made to their family.