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Update: Relief Efforts in Syria

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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) 

This phase is still under execution and so far CNEWA has committed $51,280 for the following:

The sisters of the Good Shepherd submitted new lists for 457 needy families displaced from Homs to three locations. The sisters proposed to help each family with food rations consisting of cheese, crushed wheat, luncheon meats, powdered milk, rice, spaghetti, sugar, tea, thyme, tuna and vegetable oil. The cost of each package is estimated at $40.

Accordingly, CNEWA’s Beirut office disbursed the following:

  • An amount of $8,840 was disbursed to the sisters of the Good Shepherd in Akrama to distribute food packages for 221 displaced families
  • An amount of $5,000 was disbursed to the sisters of the Good Shepherd in Tartous to distribute food packages for 125 displaced families
  • An amount of $4,440 was disbursed to the sisters of the Good Shepherd in Damascus to distribute food packages for 111 displaced families.

The Greek Orthodox Patriarchate has already screened and identified 1,010 needy children displaced with their families to Wadi al Nasarah and villages in the rural area outside the city of Homs.

The responsible for the program, Samer Laham, proposed to help every child with a kit consisting of baby soaps, baby shampoo, biscuits, bottled water, cheese spread, detergent, diapers, milk, powder for skin allergies, protective creams and wet wipes. The cost of each package is estimated at $50.

In the second phase CNEWA will disburse the amount of $33,500 in the first half of August.

A third phase of aid to displaced families is still under preparation and based on previous contacts made with CNEWA’s office in Beirut. CNEWA expects to extend the program and to enroll new partners such as the St. Vincent De Paul Society in Damascus and the Jesuit’s mission in Homs.

Moreover, the third phase will consist of distributing heating fuel and warm clothing for the winter. There is also a possibility to help newly opened schools in Homs in order to enroll the displaced students and save their academic year. However, all data concerning this phase is still under review and is subject to changes depending on the security situation on the ground.

Issam Bishara
CNEWA-Pontifical Mission
Regional Director, Lebanon, Syria and Egypt





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