According to the World Food Program, the situation of food shortage in Syria has become increasingly desperate. People caught in the middle of the conflict have been forced to gather leaves, roots and grass to try to stave off their children’s hunger.
According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA), Syria’s development situation has regressed by four decades. Since the crisis began in 2011, life expectancy has shorted by 13 years and school attendance has dropped more than 50 percent. Syria has also seen reversals in all 12 Millennium Development Goal indicators. By the end of 2013, three in every four Syrians lived in poverty.
Thousands of refugees flee Syria every day. A total of 4.1 million have fled the four-year civil war to become refugees in the neighbouring countries of Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey. Many refugees live in simple tents that do not have heat. The cold winter months are especially difficult for these displaced families, and the past winter was one of the harshest on record, for the region.
In the midst of this turmoil and overwhelming conflict, World Renew continues to respond:
- In Syria, World Renew is working with the Lebanese Society for Educational and Social Development (LSESD) and the Fellowship of Middle East Evangelical Churches (FMEEC), to provide food assistance to 2,000 displaced families still in Syria, who have been forced from their homes by the conflict. Food packages are also being provided on a monthly basis to 925 families (supported by the Canadian Foodgrains Bank) and to another 350 families with support from individuals and other partnering organizations.
- In Jordan, World Renew provided monthly food assistance (food packages) to 1,000 families through its alliance with the Canadian Foodgrains Bank, and together with its local partner Arab Woman Today /Arab Centre for Consulting and Training Services (AWT/ACCTS). Of the 1,000 families, 850 were Syrian refugees and 150 were vulnerable and poor Jordanian families. This project ended in October 2015 due to insufficient funding.
- In Lebanon, World Renew is working closely with its local partner the Lebanese Society for Educational and Social Development (LSESD) to provide food assistance to 1,825 households since July 2013. Due to insufficient funding, they have had to reduce this to 1,225 families per month. In addition to this food assistance, World Renew is providing milk and diapers to up to 300 very vulnerable families per month. The food assistance was reduced to 625 in the Dec 2015 to March 2016 time period.
Items for Giving:
- $65 CAD buys a food package for one month, for a household of six people
- $60 provides a hygiene kit for a family
- $29 buys four blankets for a household
- $13 buys an emergency light for a family
World Renew is grateful to have received funding for this project from: