Syria Refugee Update

July 30, 2012by Brenda Pierce

This is from an email sent out by Rita today to update people about the situation in the refugee camps in Jordan.  If you would like to contribute please go to this website: Salaam Cultural Museum
I want to thank all the people that have made donations so far for the Syria Refugees in Jordan.  Attached to this email are the items that are most needed by the refugees and to date the organization I am working with has been able to supply 19,500 people withthese goods in the last 10 days.
Food Items
  • Canned foods
  • Bread
  • Milk
  • Iftar meal
  • Jams
  • Oil
  • Rice
  • Pasta
  • Groats
  • Sugar
  • Olives
  • Tea
  • Cheese
Non Food Items
  • Hygiene Kits
  • Water and sanitation supplies
  • Mattress & Cover
  • Diapers
  • Napkins
  • Clothing
  • Underwear
  • Medicines
  • Medical Supplies
To give you an idea the people that are working on the ground in Jordan are all volunteers, to date we have 200 people helping with this crisis.  At the present time we are working on the new arrivals that are coming in, but also with the urgent cases of young kids of all ages, especially the kids that are 1-6 months, 6 months to one year and then one year to 3 years, and others. 
The new arrivals are temporarily housed in a school or other temporary shelter until either they can get back to their homes in Syria or we can find them more permanent places to stay.  We are giving them basic food items and non-food items, and we have the volunteers receiving them in 24/7.
The money that is being used to help these families is coming in from donations from people like you. With the recent fighting that is taking place in Aleppo we are not sure how long this will be lasting.  The reports that are out as of today say over 200,000 people have left Syria.  Very few flights are going in or out of the country and the roads are too dangerous to be traveling on.  We have heard that the airport might be closed soon in both Aleppo and Damascus.  Some of the border crossings are open, but it really depends on the day and what fighting is going on for the security of the neighboring countries, they are not able to leave them open regularly.
We still urgently need your help.  Please if you can find it in your heart to help with any amount of money it would be appreciated.
To help follow the news for people that have been with us on trips, below is a map of the areas that are being hit in the north.   
When we arrive into Aleppo on our tours you will usually go thru the area of New Aleppo Salaheddin areas.  The areas of our hotels is in the Old City and Fardous regions which has some fighting , but very little hope this helps when listening to the news and the areas the army and rebels are in.

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