| Apr 26, 2016
Emergency aid in the war zone
School in Homs, Syria. Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe
Syria is, before Colombia, the country with the highest number of internally displaced persons worldwide. 7.6 million Syrians have so far fled the violent clashes within the country. The martial fractions are fighting with heavy weapons against each other. It seems, that a peace process between the government and opposition groups is still not in sight.
The situation in the country
The Syrian war is now in it's fifth year. It is one of the most violent conflicts and the greatest humanitarian catastrophe of our time: It is estimated that more than 13 million people in the country are dependent on humanitarian aid, including half of children. 7.6 million displaced people are now in Syria, around four million have fled the country. The effects of the war are also devastating the health sector: Lack of medicines and sufficient staff, many hospitals were destroyed.
The relief effords
Our partner organization, the International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) supports people in the treatment of chronic diseases such as diabetes or cancer. Together with pharmacies and medical facilities IOCC provides the affected people with vital drugs. They would otherwise not have access or not the necessary funds for the procurement of medical supplies.
Construction of schools
Children are especially affected by the war. Mostly their homes are destroyed and they have no place to learn and play. In many areas all schools have been damaged. Together with the IOCC we support the reconstruction and operation of two schools in the city of Homs. In addition to the distribution of school materials, the transport to the schools is organized locally. For all people in Homs the reopening of the schools a few weeks ago was a great day. Surrounded by war and violence the children have now again a safe place, which allows them a certain degree of normality.
We also provide the people in Syria with food, blankets, water filters, clothes and hygiene articles and we sustain them with psychosocial support.
Cost example for your help
A hygiene kit for 24 Euro includes soap, shampoo, shaving cream, toothpaste, toothbrushes, toilet paper, dishwashing liquid, washing powder for a family.
You see that your support makes the difference. Pleas keep strong and help the syrian people also in the future. Thank's a lot!