OTTAWA — Canadians donated $32 million for aid to Syria under a matching program launched last fall.
The amount falls well short of the $100 million the federal government —first the Conservatives, then the Liberals — said they would match.
But the Liberals say they will make up the difference and allocate an additional $68 million for humanitarian relief in the region.
The $32 million will go to UNICEF for education opportunities in Syria and Jordan.
International Development Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau says the world can’t afford to lose the potential of an entire generation of Syrians because their right to education has been taken away by way.
The rest of the money will be spread among other organizations active in the region.