LAHAF INC wrote -
"Al Amal" is the Arabic term that means "to provide light for a brighter tomorrow"
LAHAF in parntership with Thirdwave Volunteers and One Light is hosting an Emergency solar puff light and supply drive for the Syrian and Iraqi refugees in Greece and Turkey to be delivered this weekend.
The situation with the Syrian and Iraqi refugees fleeing from thier homes and communities is very serious. It is so dangerous in their own countries that these families are forced to walk hundreds of miles with small children and babies with only what they can carry on their backs.
They then pay $1000's to pile into a overcrowded, unsafe small rubber boat to reach the entry point to Europe on the Greek isle of Lesvos. As the boats approach the coastline, the skippers slash the rubber boats to make them sink, forcing the Greek Coastguard to rescue everyone... causing many to drown.
The refugees arrive cold, wet and hungry and many are in shock- one woman gave birth on the beach a few days ago while 3 others drowned. Upon arrival, volunteers provide dry clothes, food and medical attention. The refugees then continue on yet another long walk to reach the refugee camps.
We have had emergency calls over this past weekend pleading for solar lights as the large tents and camps in so many areas are pitch black. The photos attached are tents full of people and at night its pitch black inside.
Most of us underestimate the importance of light in our lives. In the case of refugee and IDP (Internally Displaced Persons) camps, light provides a staggering percentage of increased safety for the residents of these camps.
An example of how important and powerful light is with these dire situations was after the Haitian earthquake. When the large solar lights were down due to damage or theft in a camp of over 65,000 residents, the incidents of rape and violent attacks went up 80% overnight.
Alison Thompson, founder of Third Wave Volunteers, will be headed to the Greek Isle of Lesvos this weekend to deliver solar lights and provide medical support to the refugees camps.
Alison has been a full time humanitarian volunteer for the past 15 years after working as a first responder on the Sept 11th 2001 attacks. She just returned from distributing solar lights in remote Nepal villages that had not had any aid or support since the earthquakein April. She is a beacon of light and unconditional love for all and is a master at cutting through red tape to get help directly to the people.
A huge thank you to Ruby Stewart, Alyssa Bonagura and the The Sisterhood band for the "One Light" video. Alice Min Soo Chun ( the solar puff inventor). Doug Kuntz for the photos and who has been our ground contact documenting and providing us constant information.
LAHAF in partnership with Third Wave Volunteers is US based 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization that connects communities with the organizations, tools and resources to survive, grow and rebuild their lives .
Please consider a monetary donation today so we can bring as many lights and supplies as possible. Each light is $15
On behalf of the refugees, the volunteers, and our network of partner organizations we thank you for sharing your light....