Aug 11, 2016

Syria Update: Siege in Aleppo

 

CARE focuses on the distribution of relief supplies such as food baskets, hygiene and baby kits, dignity kits for the elderly, and kitchen sets. During the harsh winter, our partners have supported families with mattresses, blankets, floor covering, and children’s clothing.  CARE’s partners also work with health clinics, increasing access to health care for Syrian communities affected by the conflict. Additionally, women receive reproductive health support. CARE is also supporting the renovation of two water treatment plants. 

In addition to incredible humanitarian needs, in such a protracted conflict there is also an urgent need to rebuild livelihoods, encourage social cohesion and resilience to cope with longer term crisis.  With our partners,

Inside Syria

  • More than 13.5 million Syrians, (more than half of the pre-war population), including six million children, are in need of humanitarian assistance and protection, inside Syria.
  • At least 6.6 million people remain internally displaced.
  • Almost 70 per cent lack access to adequate drinking water and continuing water cuts.
  • One in three people are unable to meet their basic food needs, with at 8.7 million people in need of food security-related assistance.
  • Over 11 million people require health assistance.
  • Syria’s development has regressed by almost four decades.
  • School attendance has dropped 50 percent, and 5.7 children need education support.
  • An estimated 86,000 children under five years suffer from acute malnutrition, another 3.2 million children under five and pregnant and lactating women are at risk.
  • Four out of five Syrians live in poverty
  • Since the onset of the crisis the average life expectancy has fallen by 20 years.
  • The Syrian economy has contracted by an estimated 40 percent since 2011, leading to many Syrians losing their livelihoods.
  • Nearly one in three Syrian households is now in debt, due mainly to food costs.
  • Three in five locations are affected by child labor.
  • 2.4 million people lack adequate shelter.
  • An estimated 300,000 women are pregnant and need targeted support.
  • In 2015, there were over 100 attacks on medical facilities

Aleppo:

  • During the siege of east Aleppo, 300,000 people were trapped (and remain so)  – with parties to the conflict attacking hospitals, bakeries, and water infrastructure. While the siege was broken on Saturday, 6 August, communities remain under threat with ongoing bombing of routes into east Aleppo.  Aid agencies have not been able to access the most impacted areas of the city.

CARE welcomes a desperately needed pause in the fighting as an important step to allow humanitarian assistance to be delivered to those in need in Aleppo, but at a minimum, the UN proposed 48-hr ceasefire is urgently needed to allow for humanitarian aid to reach civilians in need of assistance.  A few hours (the Russian proposal, 1000-1300) is not enough.  We call on Russia, Syria and armed apposition actors to abide by previous Security Council resolutions, (most recently UNSC 2258, passed on December 22, 2015),

 CARE’s first priority inside Syria is to reach those most impacted by the war, and specifically affected by this siege.  In Aleppo, 300,000 people have been held hostage by the conflict.  But they are not alone, there are at least 5.5 million people in hard-to-reach areas in Syria, including the hundreds of thousands of people in at least 18 besieged locations.  During the recent siege, CARE supported a community kitchen in setting up contingency food stocks and cooking gas.  CARE continues to work through partners, so far reaching 3,000 families on the outskirts of eastern Aleppo, with emergency aid.  In other areas under siege in Syria, we are delivering food parcels, supporting agricultural production for self-reliance, and child protection programming. 

 CARE is working to help Syrians meet their most urgent needs and protect their dignity. We are on the ground in Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt, Yemen and Syria, collaborating with partners and helping people displaced by the conflict and the communities hosting them. With your continuous gifts, we have been able to do this amazing work.

Aug 5, 2016

Nepal Earthquake July Update

 

On April 25 and May 12 2015 Nepal was rocked by two devastating 7.8 and 7.3 magnitude earthquakes. CARE is working with partners to deliver emergency relief in four of the worst affected areas of Nepal: Gorkha (55,370 individuals), Sindhupalchowk (22,543 individuals), Dhading (35,553 individuals) and Lamjung (12,689 individuals). CARE’s emergency response is focused on providing lifesaving shelter, water, sanitation and hygiene, reproductive health, gender-based violence and livelihood assistance, helping communities recover in the months and years to come. So far, CARE has reached over 130,000 people (including those in the Kathmandu area).

 

For details on Nepal Gender Overview and Location specific RGA’s please click, here.

 

Shelter: CARE is providing shelter assistance to families whose homes are heavily damaged or destroyed. Some 10,000 people have already received emergency shelter supplies

 

Water, Sanitation and Hygiene: CARE has distributed water purification tablets, built emergency latrines, provided hand washing facilities and carried out hygiene promotion amongst the affected communities. To date, CARE has reached nearly 6,500 people.

 

Reproductive Health:  As part of our emergency response to earthquake areas, CARE has distributed reproductive health kits with information related to maternal health to health facilities and pregnant women and oriented them on the usage of health kits. We have provided transitional homes and maternity tents for women and girls and equipped birthing centers with essential equipment and supplies.

 

Gender Based Violence: In times of crisis after natural disasters such as the Nepal earthquakes, incidents of gender-based violence (GBV) can increase. As part of our emergency earthquake response, CARE has created friendly spaces in a number of areas where women can go to at any time to feel safe and empowered and have access to information, education, recreational activities, support and services.

To learn how you can prevent gender based violence in your community click here.

 

Livelihoods and Food Security: Some 2.8 million people were affected, with livelihoods and sources of income destroyed, lost or disrupted. Of these, 20,000 people have been identified as most vulnerable. Working closely with our local partners, CARE has begun assisting vulnerable families with financial support to restore such livelihoods as vegetable farming, rice production and other income-generating activities. CARE is also providing a variety of vegetable seeds along with weatherproof storage bags to families. To date, CARE has reached 1,156 individuals with food and 5,597 individuals with livelihoods

Apr 26, 2016

CARE: Lasting Support for Refugees Worldwide

Thank you for your commitment to supporting CARE’s Lasting Support for Refugees Worldwide. Below are updates on CARE’s response to this humanitarian crisis:

CARE is working to help Syrians meet their most urgent needs and protect their dignity. We are on the ground in Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt, Yemen and Syria, collaborating with partners and helping people displaced by the conflict and the communities hosting them.

Inside Syria, 12.5 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance. Approximately 6.5 million people are displaced within the country's borders and another 5,000 flee their homes every day. Through our partners, CARE is providing lifesaving emergency assistance to people affected by the conflict in Syria, reaching 182,000 to date. We have provided food, baby items, hygiene kits and winterization kits and other emergency supplies to families; psychological and social support to children; and equipment, medicine and support for hospital obstetric care.  

With our partners, CARE is also providing food assistance through the distribution of food baskets and carrying out water sanitation activities including the rehabilitation of a water treatment plant and the distribution of water purification tablets to households. 

CARE is impartial and neutral and we do not take sides. We provide assistance based on need alone.

HEALTH ALERT: The news of a polio outbreak in Syria - the first in 14 years - is yet another tragic reality millions of Syrians are facing. With more people seeking shelter from the conflict in neighboring countries, CARE is helping refugees receive the proper information and immunization to protect them from polio. In our four refugee centers in Jordan, we're letting Syrians know where they can receive a polio vaccination, which is especially important for infants. We also are helping people protect themselves from the upcoming winter – a time when immune systems weaken and when diseases can spread quickly.

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