Photo: Syria February 2016
Melkite Cathedral Sunday Divine Liturgy in Damascus
Our Project of the Week: in Syria
Food aid for 1,500 refugee families
March 13, 2017 – was a tragic anniversary. Exactly 6 years ago, the terrible war began that has since devastated Syria. By this anniversary, 6.3 million people have been displaced within their own country that means 13.5 million people are now dependent on humanitarian aid. This represents roughly 2/3 of the population of the country. About 5 million people have officially registered as refugees in neighbouring countries. Many of the younger children have known nothing but war, nothing but exile from their homes.
We understand your aid as a sign of solidarity and love for the poorest of the poor, and it is also a gesture that will give hope to these suffering brothers and sisters of ours and show them that they are not forgotten.”
The Melkite Catholic patriarchate in Damascus has asked us to help to provide food for around 1,500 refugee families living in rural areas on the outskirts of the capital of Damascus. The idea is to provide the basic necessities such as milk for children, lentils, sugar, tea, oil canned goods and other basic necessities for the next three months. Fifteen volunteer helpers will distribute the food from three centres. The most needy families will be contacted individually to ensure they know exactly where and when they can collect the food.
Father Maher Masour who is in charge of the project, writes to us: “It is so sad to see these families living in such pitiful conditions and robbed of their dignity, full of fear for today and for tomorrow – the adults, and above all the children. We understand your aid as a sign of solidarity and love for the poorest of the poor, and it is also a gesture that will give hope to these suffering brothers and sisters of ours and show them that they are not forgotten.”
Thanks to you, we are supporting this project with 246 500 dollars – that is close to $54 per family, per month.
Thank you for helping us help these families!