IN SYRIA, DARAA HAS BECOME THE NEW ALEPPO….

DARAA IS BURNING!

The current wave of attacks on Daraa is unprecedented, a barbaric onslaught by the Assad regime.  With barrel bombs, missiles and artillery, combined with intensive bombardment by Russian aircraft, enclaves (camps) in the city are being reduced to rubble.

Residents of neighborhoods, like Daraa Al Samoud Camp, Daraa Camp, the District of Al Manshiyeh, have fled their homes and taken to open fields.  Thousands of women and children are homeless with no shelter, little food and at the mercy of relentless attacks from rockets, mortar shelling, tanks and artillery.

Many of the areas under attack in Daraa were created after the 1967 war with Israel, populated by displaced Palestinians who are now Syrians and among the poorest class in Syria before the war.

BRIDGE OF PEACE SYRIA HAS BEEN CALLED TO HELP IN THIS CRISES

Bridge of Peace is now working with a South Syria Medical Team who is on call 24/7, rescuing and treating the injured and wounded with three ambulances and transporting patients to hospitals for further treatment.  Here is an eyewitness account from our team leader, E.M. Doctor Hussein Al Fnicker.

“For days of unprecedented shelling with all types of weapons, this has become the most barbaric assault on life with destruction of infrastructure since the beginning of the revolution.  Rocket launches from the ground stop only briefly when the helicopters have left the atmosphere only to return with more bombs.

Dora Dera Camp is a completely destroyed area that cannot be used as shelter for even a single family.  All civilians who remain are subject to bombardment without shelter.  We call upon all local councils and relief organizations for help in order to avoid massacres against civilians who are forced to remain.  Needed are life essentials, including emergency food, water and tents.”

THIS IS A CRISIS THAT NEEDS OUR HELP

Bridge of Peace Syria asks each and every one to respond to this urgent call for humanitarian help.  Please let your heart lead the way.  You can help save a life by making a secure on-line donation by clicking HERE.

Building a House to Make a Home at Al Waleed Refugee Camp, Syria

 

COMPLETED HOMESUPDATE:  THE PROJECT HAS BEEN COMPLETED WITH 14 NEW HOMES BUILT.

Al Waleed, like other refugee camps in northern Syria, are increasing in population as refugees continue to leave their cities throughout the country, fleeing from barrel bombs and Russian airstrikes.  The demand for shelter greatly out-paces the supply. TENT2 Many new arrivals live under make-shift tarps and suspended sheets of corrugated metal while others manage to cope with the elements in worn, ripped and dilapidated tents.

Al Waleed has literally doubled in population in just one year.  On December 10th, 2015 Bridge of Peace Syria successfully completed a Well Water Project that is now supplying the 1500 refugees with safe, clean drinking water.  Now, we are shifting our attention to the surging need for adequate housing.  Faced with the option of replacing old, worn out tents for a cost of $210 each we were recently presented with another option:  Why not build permanent structures, one room “Micro-Homes”, 4×5 meters that can house a family with up to 5 persons for nearly the same amount of money?  We were shocked to discover this was possible!  “YES”, was our answer.

MUDDINGWe learned that construction materials, sand, cement and bricks (concrete blocks), are amazingly inexpensive in Syria and for $250 that includes a stove with fuel, labor and transportation costs can pay for the building of a house that will withstand winds, torrential rains and blistering heat without wear on materials, such as the canvas of tents.  These houses will be built to last and last they must as sadly, the war and its prospective aftermath in Syria has no end in sight.ROOF

We immediately sent money to our project manager, Shareef Oubaid who got to work and has already completed two “Pilot Houses”.  Each house has a living space, a kitchen area with running water and a separate area for a toilet.   DOORHomes come STOVEequipped with a concrete floor, wooden door, a stove for heating,one small window and a corrugated metal roof.

One of our primary concerns was the selection process of how a family qualifies to receive a home.  What we discovered is that selections will be done through a decision-making process by members of Al Waleed’s governing committee along with the camp director and our project manager.  The poorest families, those in greatest need, will be chosen for occupancy.

OUR GOAL IS TO BUILD 14 HOMES

SHAREEFAn assessment done by Shareef, our project manager, calls for an immediate need of 14 more homes.  With the cold winter nearly upon them, the need of shelter for refugees, especially those with young children, is most urgent.  The cost of building these homes, including labor, will be $6,140.  FAMILYImagine the impact you can make in the lives of a Syrian refugee family for a relatively small amount of money; helping them stay warm and dry during the harshness of winter can be a life-saving gift.

If you can, by making a donation of $307 you can sponsor the building of an entire house or, a smaller amount that will pay for a building component.  Here is an itemized budget for the construction of a single home.

TOTAL CONSTRUCTION COST OF A SINGLE HOUSE: $307

  • $  80  450 Bricks (cinder blocks)
  • $  45  Cement and Sand
  • $  25  Door Steel Tubes and Fabric Panels for Roof
  • $  40  Stove for Heating and Cost of Fuel for One Month
  • $  10  Transportation of Materials
  • $  30  Worker Wages
  • $  50 Project Manager Fee                                                                                        $307 Total Cost Per House

AHMETBridge of Peace hopes you will open your heart in this New Year to families in the Al Waleed Refugee Camp and either donate the cost to build an entire home or sponsor the cost of a house component.  Your generous, tax-exempt donation can be made on-line by clicking HERE.    Or, you may send a check to:  Bridge of Peace Syria, PO Box 3133 Fayetteville, AR 72702 USA.

“You Don’t Miss Your Water Until Your Well Runs Dry…” Supplying 1500 refugees with safe water is the most beneficial project we have undertaken so far.

UPDATE:  The Water 4 Life Project in Al Waleed was successfully completed on December 10, 2015 and the water is flowing with 23 dual tap stands supplying 1500 refugees with safe, clean drinking water!

FullSizeRender (51)Imagine your life with little access to water.  This is the reality for nearly 1500 residents at the Al Walid Refugee Camp in northern Syria where there is a dangerous shortage of this life-giving resource-water.  The Al Walid refugee camp was established two years ago, 50 kilometers from the Turkish border.  It’s located on private land in a 25 year old olive grove that sits atop an abundant aquafer.  The well system that was used for irrigation of the olive grove broke down and, because of the war, was never repaired.

Rehabilitating the Old Well Will Provide Abundant Water                                            Up until now, residents of the camp were pooling what little monies they had to hire water trucks to make regular deliveries, providing each family with a meager supply of potable water for drinking, cooking, bathing and cleaning. FullSizeRender (50) As ISIS has cut off the fuel supply, the water trucks are no longer able to make deliveries.  Families have to search out any available water sources, potable or not, to try and meet a fraction of their daily needs.  As a result, the spread of disease and sickness is now on the rise.  An abundant, safe water supply for nearly 1500 refugees is critical to make life more livable and to prevent the spread of waterborne bacteria.

IMG_9576Bridge of Peace Syria has volunteered to take on the job of restoring the well!       Helping to build potable water systems is something Bridge of Peace knows how to do.  Beginning in 1987, we dedicated ourselves to building potable water systems in rural, war-torn communities in Nicaragua that served to drastically reduce the rate of infant mortality during the­­­­­­­ Contra War.  The situation of the refugees today in Al Walid is not too different.

With the cost of water at 1/4 cent per gallon per person, it is the most cost effective project that Bridge of Peace Syria has ever undertaken!

Just imagine, this gift of “Water for Life” that will satisfy the water needs for all the families at Al Walid Refugee Camp.FullSizeRender (52) In addition, there will be enough water to sell to neighboring camps, providing extra income so that Al Walid can operate and maintain its well and also fund other infrastructure needs of the camp.

As the world finally reaches out to assist Syrian refugees who flee to Europe for safety, here is an opportunity for you to help those that have been left behind in Syria, caught-up in the brutal war. 

Bridge of Peace Syria has already raised $2,800 that is earmarked for this project.  Together we can get clean water flowing again in the Al Walid Refugee Camp.  It is so easy to help!  Just click HERE to donate.IMG_9610

WATER FOR LIFE – BASIC PROJECT OUTLINE:                                                       1.     Clean the existing well of mud and debris.                                                               2.     Purchase and install electrical generator                                                                   3.     Purchase a heavy-duty water pump with flex pipe and install in well with crane                     to a depth of 185 meters (approximately 550 feet).                                                         4.     Purchase materials of stone and cement to construct holding tank (water reservoir)   5.      Dig ditch 130 yards long and lay galvanized pipe alongside main road for water                    distribution.                                                                                                               6.     Build 20 tap stands with faucets for access by residents to fill buckets and                           containers.

THE WATER FOR LIFE –  PROJECTED PROJECT COSTS:                        ·       Electrical Generator                                         $2,700                                             ·       Water Pump   (submersible)                              2,500                                                  ·       Flex Pipe, Tubes and Links                                  400                                            ·       Drilling and Installation Kits                                   250                                             ·       Crane Rental to sink Pump & Pipes                     250                                           ·       Cleaning of Well from Mud and Debris                 400                                       ·       Construction Material for Holding Tank                800                                                          (stone and cement)                                                                                                    ·       Fuel to Operate Electrical Generator                 1,400  (per year)                       ·       Galvanized Pipe for Water Delivery                   1,000                                         ·       Faucets and Fittings for Holding Tank                   300                                              ·       Tap Stands with Faucets for Water Distribution    500                                      ·       Specialist Contractor Fee                                       500                                       ·       Contract Labor                                                        500                                          ·       Project Manager Fee upon completion                   500                                             (overseer of project from start to finish)                                                                        TOTAL COSTS:                                             $12,000

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A Plea for Support of Syrian Refugee Children is Heard

US AT OMNIOn 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 unnamedsurrounding 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 un tenta 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.

Girl in TentWe 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

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