The United Nations reports dire conditions for civilians caught in conflict. Violence continues to escalate in Syria, destroying the lives of civilians across the country. So far, more than 80,000 people have been killed in the conflict. Civilian installations, such as hospitals, schools, and water and sanitation infrastructure have been targeted, while countless homes have been damaged or destroyed. As conditions continue to deteriorate, civilians are bearing the brunt of the violence. From 1 million people requiring humanitarian assistance in April 2012, the number reached 6.8 million people by April this year. This includes 4.25 million Syrians who are internally displaced, as well as more than 3 million children.
Since the onset of the conflict in March, 2011, the UCC has supported the efforts of our partners across the region to respond to the crisis. Emergency food packages, hygiene kits, bedding, warm clothes and boots for children and portable stoves have been distributed and psychosocial support and health care is being provided. The UCC’s humanitarian reach includes displaced persons in Syria and refugee communities in Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey and Armenia.
$10 could provide a pair of shoes to protect a child from the scorching summer temperatures
$32 could buy rice, vegetable oil, beans, lentils, tomato paste and salt for a family of four for one month
$65 could provide a hygiene kit with soap, toothpaste, toothbrush, wound disinfectant and bandages
$91 could afford a blanket, mattresses, pillows and a cooking set
HOW YOU CAN HELP
Pray for the people and communities across the Middle East region impacted by the violence in Syria.
To support humanitarian relief, please make a gift payable to your congregation marked for “Syria Humanitarian Relief” with the request they be sent through your Conference office on to United Church of Christ, Financial Services.
Send gifts made out to United Church of Christ and marked in the memo portion “Syria Humanitarian Relief” to United Church of Christ, Financial Services; 700 Prospect Ave., Cleveland, OH 44115