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About 3,000 families in Damascus, Homs, Aleppo and in the south near the border with Jordan receive emergency assistance through JRS. This includes: Food packages, a basic utensils kit for newly arrived refugees comprising cooking utensils, blankets, mattresses, cash assistance for rent and temporary accommodation at emergency shelters. (Jesuit Refugee Service)
(Rome) October 9, 2012 — The Jesuit Refugee Service headquarters in Aleppo was recently destroyed in the fighting there. JRS had left the space several weeks prior to this in the face on increasing violence in the neighborhood. The Deir Vartan center, once home to classes, counseling and social service for refugees from Iraq and elsewhere, is now in ruins.

Despite this setback, our work continues throughout Syria. In Damascus, Homs  and Aleppo in the shelter-schools,  a Jesuit Refugee Service educational and psycho-social support program with recreational activities is reaching out to more than 2,500 children. Scroll down to see how you can help us help others.

About 3,000 families in Damascus, Homs, Aleppo and in the south near the border with Jordan receive emergency assistance through JRS. This includes: Food packages, a basic utensils kit for newly arrived refugees comprising cooking utensils, blankets, mattresses, cash assistance for rent and temporary accommodation at emergency shelters.

Through family visits, JRS staff and volunteers in Damascus coordinate help for 900 families. Through local networks another 1000 families receive help in the surrounding areas. In addition to reaching out to Syrian refugees, the Jesuits in Damascus have also reached out to a large number of Iraqi families who fled Iraq years ago because they faced threats for being Christians. Again, they now risk losing everything.  

In Aleppo, more than 75 local volunteers are reaching out to 8,000 refugees, more than 3,000 of whom are children. This is in addition to the service in the six school-shelters supported by JRS (among 30 in the city) and the distribution of hot meals to the displaced persons who have no possibility to cook on their own. A field-kitchen has been set up and delivered up to 5,000 meals a day in August. After expansion, the plan is to deliver up to 10,000 meals a day. This activity is also supported by the Syrian Arab Red Crescent with the World Food Programme. Food is transported to central distribution points, schools and mosques where refugees gather to eat. 

In Amman, Jordan, JRS supports more than 200 Syrian refugee families through family visits. At the informal education project in Amman, 25% of the children who attend are Syrian. Many of them have not been able to go to school for a year. 

In the north of Jordan, where there is the highest number of Syrians, JRS has created teams who accompany refugees through family visits and support them with food and cash assistance for rent. Although 30,000 Syrians are in Za’atari Refugee Camp, more than double that amount are living outside of the camp, amongst the local population, and are in urgent need of support.

According to UN estimates more than 2.5 million people in Syria are in need of humanitarian assistance in the form of food, shelter and medication. Hundreds of thousands fled to the neighboring countries Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq and Jordan. 

The Jesuits are still in Syria and can help but they urgently need donations from outside. We are in close touch with them and know that assistance will reach those in need. 

You can help:

$40 helps to support one child for one month at our centres in Syria where they participate in educational, recreational and psychosocial activities. An additional $33 ensures their daily food complement.

$80 provides about 25 gallons of heating oil for winter

$90 provides a mattress, bedding linen and two blankets

$105 pays for a monthly food distribution package for one family of 5 people

$135 pays for a complete clothes, jacket and shoes kit for winter for one person.

$180 is the average rental cost of an apartment for one month

$650 pays for a basic necessities kit for a refugee

$1950 suffices to feed a family of ten for six months

$2525 pays for one hot meal for one day for 5,000 people who are sheltered in schools in Aleppo. That’s a cost of 0.51 cents for each meal.

JRS will continue to reach out to the silent majority longing for peace and prosperity for their families, friends and compatriots.

To help support the JRS emergency project, please click here and select JRS Middle East refugees on the drop-down menu.





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