“The children dream of potatoes”. This is what Tamer, our coordinator in Syria said in November as the thick blankets and warm winter jackets were being delivered to the Al Waleed Refugee Camp in northern Syria. The approximately 110 families who live in the camp have the basic staples of rice, some legumes and a few other necessities however, these items are not high calorie-producing foods which they need, especially the children, to help keep them warm as the temperatures drop below freezing coupled with the damp, humid air caused by incessant rains.
So we immediately began raising enough money to purchase the first shipment of 1700 kilos (3700 pounds) at a cost of approximately $2,000. By the first part of December we were able to send the money to Tamer in Turkey however, fighting across the border in Syria became fierce and the borders were closed for almost a week. When they re-opened Tamer was able to travel to the town where he had made the purchase arrangements. But then, the rains in the northern part of Syria became intense and it was all that Tamer could do as to return to Al Waleed. As the skies began to clear a bit Tamer wasted no time in arranging for the truck and driving it himself loaded with the potatoes. As word of his arrival spread people from all over the camp greeted him and were so very glad to receive their portion of these spuds.
Bridge of Peace Syria is so very grateful for everyone who donated to support this project, and especially for the children of Al Waleed. And thank you, Tamer…we don’t have to guess what’s for dinner tonight!