Aug 14, 2019

Food and shelter for Syrian refugees

In Lebanon, more than one million Syrian refugees live in unsafe dwellings under poor hygienic conditions. As they have hardly any income opportunities, most households are dependent on food aid. Every third family does not even eat one hot meal a day. Our project aims to improve the nutrition of Syrian refugees and needy Lebanese families.

Lebanon is by far the country with the largest number of Syrian refugees in terms of population. In some regions the population has doubled as a result. We have been active with local partners since 2014.

  • We provide 3,500 people three days a week with nutritious, warm meals in community kitchens.
  • We support income-generating activities to reduce dependency on humanitarian aid. Beneficiaries receive training and start-up kits to work as self-employed people.
  • Children and adults receive psychosocial support. More than 1,000 adults and more than 400 children can participate in discussion groups, group meetings and activities. In this way we help them to cope with the losses and injuries caused by the war and to cope with their current dependency and isolation.

The Preparation of hot, nutritious meals and delivery to the beneficiaries and the management of the community kitchens (adherence to hygiene standards and the given nutritional plans) will enable those affected not to be permanently dependent on food aid but to generate their own income.

Thank you so much that you support our efforts in Lebanon.

 

Yours

 

Michael Tuerk

Project Manager

Jul 1, 2019

Together against climate change

Diakonie Katstrophenhilfe
Diakonie Katstrophenhilfe

Dear Donors,

Endris, 25, is married and has one daughter. He lives with his family in one of the villages most affected by climate change. They do not own their own land, but lease it from older people in the village. Endris wants to improve his family's nutrition and strengthen their income by farming. But the profits are not enough, especially the heavy rains destroyed part of the harvest last year.
Endris has joined forces with 13 neighbours to run a climate field school funded by the project. There they try out different cultivation and irrigation methods and test new seeds for their resistance to drought. The group meets weekly and evaluates the weather and the condition of the seeds. They pass the data on to the local weather station in the district for analysis. Based on the values, they want to better counteract plant diseases and pests in the future. From the project, for example, they received early germinating and frost-resistant wheat, which they tested on several fields with different organic fertilizers and irrigation methods.
The work in the Climate Field School enables the men to identify their greatest challenges in adapting to climate change - and they are given various options for action. Because one thing is clear: only together can they secure their livelihoods.

 

Please support our course. Together we can countering the effects of climate change

 

Yours

Michael Tuerk

May 2, 2019

Supporting needy refugee families from Syria in Jordania

Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe
Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe

Jordania is one of the countries particularly affected by the Syrian refugee crisis. More than 655,000 refugees from Syria are registered in Jordan. According to United Nations estimates, there are also about 139,000 unregistered refugees. The majority of the refugees live outside the two large official camps Za´atri and Azraq in host communities. In addition, there are about 78,000 Syrians living in the no-man's-land between Syria and Jordan who hope to cross the border.

Many refugees have been in Jordan for six years now. They could not take much from their homeland and their savings have long since been used up. Only a few have a work permit and the rental costs are high. This is why most refugees are dependent on humanitarian aid to cover their basic needs. Their living conditions are becoming increasingly precarious. Although the borders are virtually closed and Syrians are hardly able to follow them, it is becoming increasingly difficult for the refugees living in the country to finance their expensive lives in Jordan. In desperation, more and more refugees are considering returning to Syria or embarking on a life-threatening journey to Europe.

Our partner DSPR is on the ground to establish different measures to support the refugees (a.o.t):

- Food security: distribution of food packages and vouchers for food, distribution of hot meals
- repair of hygiene and sanitation infrastructure, distribution of vouchers for hygiene articles, implementation of hygiene training courses
- Health and Nutrition: free medical treatment days, health and nutrition sessions for beneficiaries, maternal care courses, health referrals, prophylaxis, community health education sessions
- Protection/ psychosocial well-being: Psychosocial counselling, especially for women, youths, children and traumatised refugees
- Early Recovery/ Livelihoods: Workshops on Start your own Business (SYOB), Women's economic empowerment courses (e.g. in a safe place), vocational training in various sectors, Business Startup Kits, Cash for Work activities, basic and advanced business trainings

As you see our  focus is on immediate and emergency aid measures, as they are geared to securing the survival and basic needs of conflict-affected people. In addition, other planned measures as early recovery/livelihoods and education, are aimed at long-term effects, as they strengthen the self-help capacities of the beneficiaries.

To covert all these measures, we are urgently dependent on you support. Please keep on giving people in Jordania, Lebanon, Syria and Turkey a perspective for a dignified life.

Thank you so much, yours

Michael

 
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