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. Children have not been to school for about two years now.
Thousands of refugees flee Syria every day. A total of 2.6 million have fled the three-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 this past winter has been one of the harshest on record, for the region.
According to the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, "Syria is now the biggest humanitarian and peace and security crisis facing the world."
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, emergency supplies, bedding, cooking tools, heating fuel, and rental 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 is providing 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 are Syrian refugees and 150 are vulnerable and poor Jordanian families.
- 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. These food vouchers are provided monthly at 18 different locations (most of which are churches) throughout Lebanon.
Please donate online, by phone or send your gifts marked “Syria Conflict 2012” to:
World Renew US
1700 28th Street SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49508
World Renew Canada
P.O. Box 5070 STN LCD
Burlington, Ontario, L7R 3Y8
World Renew is grateful to have received funding for this project from: