The Syrian civil war has created the largest refugee crisis since Rwanda. After three years, over 136,000 dead including 10,000 children and nine million displaced, the humanitarian crisis is getting worse. Countries in the region: Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, Israel, Iraq and Egypt have received an unrelenting stream of fleeing Syrians (predominantly women and children) and have provided for them at enormous costs to themselves. Jordan, however, an already resource-poor country, is feeling greater ramifications of the refugee presence. According to the United Nations, children in Jordan suffer from widespread psychological distress, exploitation, violence and lack of education. Simply put, the situation is devastating.
We believe it is our moral duty as global citizens to help in anyway we can. So we’ve decided to organize a competitive fundraiser. In order to raise funds, we will be auctioning off well-known public intellectuals at University of Toronto. Donations will made in the name of these professors. The top professor whose name raises the most money will be protected; the remaining will be pied - yes, pied! The fundraiser will run from February 14- March 11 2014 with the grand event on Tuesday, March 11, 1pm at the Great Hall, Hart House. The professors who have bravely stepped up to the challenge are Janice Stein, Clifford Orwin, Nelson Wiseman, Jeffrey Kopstein, Robert Austin and Paul Gooch. To see a personal statement from each professor and to donate please scroll down.
We’ve partnered with War Child Canada to protect and educate Syrian child refugees in Jordan. All Canadian donors will receive taxable receipts (If you require a US tax receipt, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org before making a donation). Donations will be accepted online and in person. To make an in person donation please go to the Political Science department at Sidney Smith (3rd floor rm. 3025). It is our hope that we can raise enough funds to help educate as many Syrian refugee children in Jordan as we can.
Director, Center for Critical Development Studies,
Associate Professor, Political Science and IDS,
University of Toronto Scarborough
Department of Political Science
University of Toronto
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