Aug 26, 2015

We are helping in Syria-please support us

Children in Syria
Children in Syria

We thank you so much for your previous support. With your donations we can give out food vouchers via our partners and other urgent help:
Orthodox Christian Charities internationally (IOCC) provide for over 10 years emergency aid for refugees, internally displaced and vulnerable populations in Jordan, Lebanon and Syria. IOCC has long established relationships with the governments of the two host countries. Multilateral donors such as UNICEF and OCHA and other international donors such as ACT Alliance, in whose network IOCC itself is a member, promoted several utilities of IOCC.
The aid provided by the partner organizations in Syria are focused on the most devastated areas such as Homs, Damascus, Aleppo or Hassakeh. Where assistance can be exactly made depends on the current security situation.

Due to the increased dominance of the IS-militia, the local partner organizations can’t currently work in Idlib, Rakka or Deit az-Zor.

In implementing the projects, the precise local knowledge is necessary. Since both partners already have very close contact with the local communities while working, they know exactly where and when they can move safely.
The partner organizations register needy families and provide them with food, hygiene parcels, clothes, blankets and kitchenware to make everyday life easier. There, where it’s possible children are getting support for school fees, teaching materials, school uniforms, teaching materials and transportation. In addition, some families receive support to rent flats for a limited period. To avoid health risks, the partner organization clarify also about dangers of gastrointestinal infections and distributed water filters. All products are sourced locally.

With so-called "cash-for-work activities" Syrians receive also temporarily a new source of income. Women in particular are taken into work. They sewed for example last year warm clothes for toddlers and school uniforms.
This is a beginning. More is to do. We are happy, when you support us furthermore.

Aug 5, 2015

"Don't forget Nepal!"

Three months have passed since the earthquake has put large parts of Nepal in ruins.TV crews and salvage teams long time ago returned to home, the tourists also got save to their homes. For the inhabitants of the destroyed towns and villages, however, the struggle for survival continues. Since June also the monsoon has set in, which complicates the situation. The partners of DKH therefore continue to do everything to help the earthquake victims with corrugated iron and plan to build weatherproof accommodation. Still nearly 2.3 million people are living in makeshift shelters and  provisionally repaired homes. Nearly 600,000 houses have been destroyed, some 280,000 have been severely damaged. In some places, not a single house remained intact. Despite the obstacles, thank's your donations the task forces of the partner organizations of DKH were able to reach by mid-July already  around 375,000 people with vital aid. For example in Ghorka over 1,000 corrugated sheets, 2,000 tarpaulins and tool kits and more than 4,000 blankets and 2,000 hygiene kits were distributed.

Cost Examples
• A hygiene kit for a family affected by the earthquake in Nepal costs around 14$. They include 1 kilogram washing powder, toothpaste and toothbrushes 5, towels, soap, shampoo, disinfectant, sanitary napkins, a basin and a sewing kit.
• Around 53$ costs a relief package with important practical life, which is to alleviate the most urgent needs of the earthquake victims. Each set consists of 4 ceilings, 1 large sleeping mat, 1 bucket and a 12-part Haushaltsset with cooking pot, pan, plates, cutlery and cups.
• A food package with the most important staple foods such as rice, lentils, salt and oil costs about 49$. It covers the needs of a family of 5 for about 3 weeks.
• corrugated iron to build an emergency shelter or repair of a house will cost around 82$. Each family receives two sheets of valuable material that helps make their shelter weatherproof for the rainy monsoon season, can be started up with the reconstruction.

More help is need, so we request you: "Dont't forget Nepal!"

Watch also this video from our ACT Alliance partners

Apr 24, 2015

"Most of all I miss my family" - Families escaping from civil war in Syria

Photo: Christoph Puschner
Photo: Christoph Puschner

Thanks to our donors, we can help families, who are escaping from civil war in Syria - families like Maissa and Wael:

Maissa (25) and Wael (27) fled in January from Daraa. There, in the south-west of Syria, the protests have begun two years ago. Wael had just finished his law studies. Finding work in its field is currently impossible in Syria. Instead, the Syrian army knocked at him to feed him for military service. Without much thinking about, he fled with his pregnant wife and one year old son in the direction of Jordan.
At the border crossing, the family was caught up along with other newcomers by Jordanian border officials and taken directly to Zaatari refugee camp. At this time several 10,000 refugees at once came to the camp. The winter in the desert just begun.

Maissa and Wael fought against the mud, which was flushed from the rain into the tents, against the cold nights and against the frequently recurring fever of the one year old Muhammad. During this time they often deliberated to go back. Could life in Syria worse, than the situation without goods and chattels here in the dessert?
The families of Maissa and Wael are still living in Syria. Every two days they call to their families, if the lines allow it. "Every day we worry about, whether our parents and siblings are doing well, but we don't want, that they are coming here into the desert," said Maissa.

Toilets and kitchens are shared by the family with 100 other refugees. Maissa misses diapers for her son and clean water for drinking and washing. When asked what she misses most, she replied without hesitation: "My Family".
In a few weeks Mohammed gets a sister or a brother. Maissa was going to have a check-up at the camp. The family hopes then to be able to move into a residential container. To develop other perspectives is currently difficult for the family. Her future she sees
in Syria. Sooner than rather later they want to return.


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