This Giving Tuesday, World Renew is partnering with One Day's Wages to provide critically-needed food assistance to some of the most vulnerable people caught in the Syrian war – the elderly, disabled, women, and children. An estimated 13.5 million people in Syria need humanitarian assistance, including 6 million children.
Food production in Syria has hit a record low, and prices have skyrocketed. After exhausting their life savings, many families no longer have the means to put enough food on the table. Proper nutrition for mothers and young children is a significant concern. Every night, over nine million Syrians go to sleep hungry.
“We at One Day’s Wages are overwhelmed with sadness by the suffering in Syria and Iraq and the surrounding region,” says founder Eugene Cho. “We know it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the scale and severity of this, but we also know that people are capable of making an amazing impact in the face of human suffering.”
For every $1 donated in the US, One Day's Wages will provide an additional $1 to World Renew's work in Syria, up to $100,000.
Since 2012, World Renew has been working in Syria through local partners to provide food assistance to some of the most vulnerable members of society. Over the next year, World Renew will work in four Syrian communities to help feed hungry families. These communities are in close proximity to conflict lines, making them very hard to reach and leaving families even more vulnerable to food insecurity. Families will be connected to a local support system and will receive baskets of food each month.
“The length of the conflict in Syria continues to present logistical and resource-related challenges for millions,” says Carol Bremer-Bennett, Director, World Renew-US. “With the support of our partner One Day’s Wages, however, and the community as a whole, we can bring life-saving supplies to families most in need.”
PHOTO TOP: “I fled Syria when I was seven months pregnant and it was very hard as I had to leave my parents behind and come by myself. Here I don’t have anyone. Shortly after I arrived, I had to give birth and then soon after that I had to start working so that I could provide for my son. Sometimes I had to borrow money so that he would have enough. Then the church started helping us. I am so grateful for the milk and diapers they have given me here. These food boxes are very helpful to our family as we have to pay rent, we have a small baby and we are pregnant. We have been here for 2 years but I miss Syria so much as it is my country.” PHOTO CREDIT: Helen Manson, Tearfund New Zealand
In CANADA, World Renew's Giving Tuesday campaign is focused on the Rohingya Refugee Crisis.