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Update: Relief Efforts in Syria

Syrian refugees fleeing the violence in their country make their way to a refugee camp in the Jordanian city of Mafraq 31 July. (photo: CNS/Muhammad Hamed, Reuters) 

According to this agreement:

  1. CNEWA will be responsible for all fund-raising and collections from international and church donors for the purpose of providing emergency assistance to displaced families who have lost their homes and sources of living and revenues.
  2. CNEWA will cooperate and coordinate with the local partners representing the Syrian church to assure the receipt of all data concerning the families that requested support from the local parties and will allocate necessary funds to enable them to provide assistance as needed to the beneficiaries.
  3. The local partners will undertake through coordination and cooperation with CNEWA to abide by the rules and conditions of the provided grants regarding the selection of beneficiaries; their social conditions, age and/or gender, and undertakes to provide lists in the names of the beneficiaries with their signatures and all the required documents (invoices, receipts, etc.).
  4. The local partners commit to full transparency in informing CNEWA on due time for any occurring changes in the nature of the needs or regarding receiving similar aids from other donors for the same purpose to prevent duplication and waste of funds.
  5. CNEWA, in its turn, undertakes to be discreet in dealing with the lists of the names of beneficiaries in a way not to subject these families to any physical or moral danger.
  6. This is the general basis for the cooperation protocol between the two parties without incurring any obligation to specific amounts.

Following the signature of different agreements, CNEWA’s Beirut office started to receive necessary data regarding the displaced families including their names, ID numbers, current addresses, phone numbers, number of family members and different ages of children, special medical needs, social situation and employment and other pertinent information.

The first phase was launched on 24 May 2012 and targeted 980 children displaced from Homs and Al Qusayr to Damascus, Wadi al Nasarah, Akrama (near Homs) and Qaa village in Lebanon.

The total amount disbursed for this phase was $40,300 out of which $38,300 (the equivalent of €30,000) was provided by Kindermissionswerk and $2,000 provided by the Archdiocese of Cologne.

It is important to mention that our coordination with different partners is based on geographical subdivision of the beneficiaries, not on a confessional basis. Accordingly, we have agreed with all partners that all needy families from all rites and confessions living in one area should be registered by one partner only and provided with help by this party without any discrimination. In Damascus, the Good Shepherd sisters were active in one sector and the Melkite Greek Catholic Patriarchate is active in another, but both are coordinating in order to avoid duplication.

The second phase followed on 6 July 2012, targeting needy displaced families and children.

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