Since the eruption of violence in April 2011, HAI have been at the forefront of international humanitarian assistance in and around Syria. In close conjunction with our partners on the ground, we have been able to feed, clothe and treat hundreds of injured and vulnerable families.
But as the situation worsens and the need to expand our reach increases, we need your help now more than ever. After many failed resolutions, cease fires and envoys, 2.5 million Syrians still remain in dire need of humanitarian assistance and over 60,000 are said to have lost their lives.
Living conditions inside Syria are dire. Left with no shelter, food, electricity or medical care, millions are struggling to survive. Hospitals have been destroyed or abandoned causing men, women and children to die from treatable wounds and illnesses. The UN World Health Organisation reports that 67% of public hospitals and 29% of primary health facilities have been destroyed or have sustained damages.
It is estimated that there are now over 1 million people who have escaped Syria and fled to the borders of neighbouring countries. An estimated 200,000 refugees reside in government run refugee camps in Turkey, 118,000 reside in Lebanon, 116,00 in Jordan and 50,000 in Iraq. It is thought that over 75% of these refugees are said to be women and children and almost all arrive with no belongings beyond the clothes they wear.
Situated in desert areas, overcrowded and under-resourced, the refugee camps offer little solace. Take the Zata'ari camp in Jordan. Set up by the Jordanian Government and designed to hold 500 people, it now holds well over 26,000, two thirds of which are children. Only 40% of people have electricity and there is one toilet for every 50 refugees. During the summer, the camp offers little shade from the blazing heat and the rough sands. Children are left exposed, burnt by the sun, de-hydrated and ill. During the winter the temporary shelters and intermittent electricity offer little warmth from the hallowing rains and ice-cold winds.
They need your help. Donate now and help us save lives.
Food and Hygiene
During 2012 alone 95,000 people have benefited from our food packages in Syria, Lebanon and Jordan with 56,736 receiving fresh meat on Eid al-Adha. Our hygiene kits contain washing up liquid, detergent, soap, shampoo, nappies and supplies for women and our food parcels include canned meat and fish as well as staple supplies of beans, jam, cheese, pasta, bulgur wheat, lentils, salt, oil, sugar, tea, sweets, juices and biscuits. These basic supplies help destitute families retain their health as well as dignity.
This year we’ve been supplying medical equipment, medication, clean water and fuel to 2 main hospitals inside Syria. This has helped them cope with their ongoing medical crisis. Thanks to your commitment, we’ve also been able to equip and maintain a hospital ward in Tripoli (Lebanon) designed to work specifically with Syrian refugees.
During the Syrian revolution many children have been orphaned. As such we’ve been working to secure orphan sponsorships for affected children. So far we’ve taken on 250 orphan sponsorships for Syrian orphans inside Syria and in surrounding countries. This means that these children will receive funds towards their food, clothing and medicines.
Syrians are struggling to survive
Have lost their lives