On November 2nd, Hamsa and Moshe Newmark, founders of Bridge of Peace Syria made a presentation at the Omni Center for Peace, Justice and Ecology. With many thanks to local activists, Steve Holst, Burnetta Hinterthuer, Kelly Mulhollan and Gladys Tiffany who helped make it possible; we were able to make a plea to our local community here in NW Arkansas about the plight of millions of Syrians, especially children, who are suffering greatly. The response was very positive as evidenced in the outpouring of donations. This presentation at the Omni Center was the first of numerous events in the region that we are in the process of scheduling; here in the U.S. it is traditional for people to make charitable donations during the holiday season and toward the end of the year.
Besides underscoring the overwhelming human calamity of refugees inside Syria and surrounding countries, we were able to articulate our latest project of helping the 104 families that live in Al Waleed, a small refugee camp inside northern Syria. The camp consists of approximately 300 children, 200 women and 150 men who occupy a total of 90 tents. These tents, originally provided by the United Nations, are made of thin plastic, with no floors and are now worn. The dirt floors quickly turn to mud in severe rains and freeze when it is cold, as there is no source of heat in these dwellings.
As it was announced in October that the UN will cut back its aid to Syria by 40% due to a shortfall in available funds and the huge influx of millions of refugees who are fleeing, the need for help from private organizations like Bridge of Peace Syria is ever-more important. (Please see for more details: http://reliefweb.int/report/syrian-arab-republic/un-cuts-syria-food-aid-over-funding-shortfall-official.)
Our goal is to raise $10,000 to provide each child with a thick blanket to keep them warm, especially at night as they have no mattresses to sleep on. In addition we will provide warm winter clothing and needed food supplies.
- 300 thick blankets @ $10 per blanket = $3,000
- · Warm winter clothing (coats, hats, gloves and shoes) = $4,000
- · Baby formula, powdered milk and bottled water = $3,000
With the winter fast approaching and cold winds that will soon whip through these tents, these blankets can literally be life savers; in the last extremely cold winter many refugees froze to death.
We hope that you will be generous during this holiday season and make your contribution that is urgently needed to help these children make it through the winter. Please donate online by clicking our Donate Button toward the top of the blog. If you are viewing this on a mobile phone then click Menu at the top of the blog and then click Donate. If you wish to donate by check please send it to Bridge of Peace Syria, PO Box 3133 Fayetteville, AR 72702-3133