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Syria Humanitarian Crisis
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4.25 million people within Syria are displaced and an additional 1.5 million are registered as refugees in neighboring countries according to the United Nations.  3.1 million children are in need.


June 7, 2013
 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.

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How You Can Help Now
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GIVE generously to support the people and organizations in Syria by clicking on the link to make a secure online donation to the International Emergency Relief Fund noting "Syria Relief" in the comments section. Gifts may also be made at your local UCC congregation noting support for “Syria Relief". Gift shouldthen be sent through your Conference office on to Wider Church Ministries. Donations may also be made out and sent directly to Wider Church Ministries, Financial Services - 6th Floor, 700 Prospect Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44115.

Please pray for the people in Syria who have been displaced by violence, and for the leadership of the Country.

ASSEMBLE  urgently needed Church World Service kits.

READ the Volunteer and Donation of Goods Guidelines.

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Syria Updates from Partner Organizations
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Office of the Coordination of Human Affairs (OCHA)

OCHA is the part of the United Nations Secretariat responsible for bringing together humanitarian relief organizations to ensure a proper response to emergencies. and to ensure a framework exists to assist with the overall response effort.

OCHA's mission is to mobilize and coordinate effective and principled humanitarian action in partnership with the national and international community in order to alleviate human suffering in disasters and emergencies. OCHA also advocates for the rights of people in need, promotes preparedness and prevention, and facilitates sustainable solutions.

RECENT OCHA UPDATES

Authorities undermine aid efforts says OCHA

UN appeals for Syrians


15 Billion Needed in Syria over Next Six Months


International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC)

IOCC, a member of the ACT Alliance, is providing psychosocial support to help distressed families in Syria cope with their uncertain situations. Working in partnership with the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch and All The East (GOPA) IOCC has visited three school shelters in Damascus with psychosocial experts to provide counseling sessions to more than 1,100 displaced Syrians. Along with the psychosocial support, IOCC continues to work with its church partners and local associations to provide emergency humanitarian aid to internally displaced Syrians

RECENT UPDATES

Winter Relief for Syria's Displaced

Syria's Children Bear Scars

IOCC Expands Relief Efforts in Syria

Because of your gifts to Our Churches Wider Mission (OCWM),funds raised for this and other disasters, can be used 100% in support of the disaster. Thank you for continued generous support of OCWM!



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Disaster Updates
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Innovative Programs provide help in Syrians

Syrian Conflict mounts leaving more refugees

Coping with a Changed Life

The Challenge of Staying Warm

Winter in a War-Torn Syria

The Many Challenges of Syrian Refugees in Lebanon

Global Ministries Executives Visit Syrians in Middle East Refugee Camps

Aleppo: How Syria is Being Destroyed  News from Global Ministries

UCC Emergency Assistance Pledged to Syria

 

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Contact Information
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Phyllis Y. Richards
Program Associate
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