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AMERICANS CONCERNED FOR MIDDLE EAST PEAC...

AMERICANS CONCERNED FOR MIDDLE EAST...
CROWDRISE : Mar 22, 2016
Tax ID: 46-4491642
BASED: Eugene, OR, United States

CHARITY WEBSITE: http://mealsforsyrianrefugeechildrenlebanon.com

AMERICANS CONCERNED FOR MIDD...

Syrian Refugee Children

Initiative started by Khalid Sadiq , alongside Dr Franklin Lamb and Claudine Dauphin, to provide one meal per day for the orphan Syrian Refugee Children in Beirut and to provision for their long term accommodation, health , wellbeing , education and safety .

                            Meals for Syrian Refugee Children: Lebanon (MSRCL)

 An urgent need of these street children without families is safe places and nutritious food. Washed up by the tide of war in Beirut, dozens of these waifs and strays beg and sell chewing-gum or roses along the Mediterranean shore at Ramlet el-Baida. These countless street kids are prey to physical and/or psychological violence, child labour, exploitation (notably forced prostitution and our colleagues have noted that some of the girls aged 12 years are now pregnant), child trafficking diseases (once nearly eradicated polio, hepatitis A, measles and leishmaniasis have returned), and above all, malnutrition. 

Since the outbreak of the Syrian crisis, more than 1.5 million refugees have crossed into Lebanon seeking safety and shelter, of which more than 79% are women and children. Refugees now amount to one in five people in the country. According to UNHCR, close to 425,000 Syrian refugee children in Lebanon are aged between three and 14 years old. Many are orphans whose parents and other family members were killed by aerial bombing, others were separated from their families in the chaos of the exodus, some are totally alone, others have fled with their siblings. Some have been rescued by families who have added them to their own children, most are homeless and do not have access to any form of education despite Lebanon’s Ministry of Education’s commitment to increase the capacity of schools to welcome up to 200,000 Syrian children into night school shifts. Even when implemented it will only account for half of all school-aged Syrian children in Lebanon.

The Homeless Refugee Children of Beirut

See http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/03/15/why-i-bought-foursyrian-children-off-a-beirut-street/

According to UNICEF, one hearty nutritional daily meal for these children can miraculously reduce many of these and other illnesses, as well as end rampant malnutrition.

Meals for ‘‘Syrian’’ Refugee Children

In the context of acutely overtaxed NGOs and the acute lack of funding (the United Nations 2015 humanitarian appeal for Syrian refugees was just 61%

funded by the end of the year, which meant that the most vulnerable Syrian refugees in Lebanon receive just US$0.70 cents per day, which is well below the UN's poverty line of US$1.90) the nondenominational Meals for Syrian Refugee Children: Lebanon (MSRCL) Initiative is launched by a group of international private individuals. The project is entirely staffed by volunteers with the exception of hiring two Syrian refugee women as supervisors of the distribution of meals. We believe MSRCL should be a humanitarian effort of Syrians, to feed Syrian refugee children, and administered largely by Syrian refugees to the extent practicable and with support from internationals.

The vision of Meals for Syrian Refugee Children: Lebanon (MSRCL) is to assure that every refugee child from Syria in Lebanon (Syrian, Palestinian, Moslem, Christian,Yazidi, Kurd or other) has access to a hearty nutritional midday meal, everyday of the week, from a meals distribution centre at Ramlet elBaida beach in Beirut. Without these much needed meals, their daily well-being is dramatically harmed daily and their lives are at risk.

Daily meals, designed by the Nutrition and Food Sciences Department at the American University of Beirut will be prepared daily from 6am by a chef/experience cook and student helpers in a large kitchen near Ramlet el-Baida beach, the use of which is donated by the Sabra-Shatila Scholarship

Program (SSSP), the fruit and vegetables being purchased at cut price from the Beirut Central Wholesale Market, the 175 vendors of which employ 50 Syrian children.

Typical Meal

Each plate will include a tasty main dish with fresh vegetable, one loaf of bread, one piece of fruit, a fresh salad, a sweet and a bottle of water. The meals would be packed as below in sanitary disposable containers. The prepared meals will be delivered at noon to the main entrance to Ramlet el-Baida beach. The distribution will end at 1.30 pm.

Financing Meals for Syrian Refugee Children

$ 2.25 per meal will cover the cost of the purchase of menu food items, meal preparation, packaging , delivery, distribution, site clean-up, two Syrian refugee mothers on duty two hours per day at the distribution site to counsel and gather information on special needs cases from the children to share with NGOs working with Syrian refugee children and who might be willing/able to offer the children follow-up assistance or case management.

There are up to 800 homeless or critically needy children in the Ramlet el-Baida and downtown area of Beirut alone. Gathering them in safe ‘‘homes’’ cared for by Syrian ‘‘mothers’’ is also our ultimate aim, once they are fed nutritiously and have been checked medically.

At $2.25 per meal x 500 children per day ($ 1,225), the budget for a month (30 days) would require approximately $36,000. For this reason we may be obliged, at least initially, to distribute a smaller number and perhaps not on all seven days of week. But our goal is every day of each month depending on how well we can organize and interest citizens and associations to partner with us.

Donors committing on a one-time basis or on a regular basis a specific number of meals, for instance 10 ($ 25), 100 (thus $ 225) or even 500 ($ 1,225) would be particularly appreciated, as such commitments would create a secure financial basis.

All donations will be immediately receipted and our accountant will regularly issue financial status reports. We are committed to complete transparency.

Not a ‘‘lost generation’’

Thanks to humanitarian aid, such as Meals for Syrian Refugee Children: Lebanon, the lament describing these children as a ‘‘lost generation of Syrian children’’, which is frequently repeated by the media and some UN agencies, will be disproved. Given their strong family heritage, fervent wish to return to Syria and look for any family that remains, culture, spirit, hope, goodness, intelligence they can be salvaged along with their generation. They are not yet lost and they will not be lost if we can help them to be fed, safe, healthy and schooled.

Meals for Syrian Refugee Children: Lebanon (MSRCL) Office Address:

First Floor, Fawaz Building Abbas Mousawi Street, Haret Hreik, Beirut Lebanon.

Contact persons: Franklin Lamb, (fplamb@gmail.com)

Jennie Walton (jenniewalton1948@gmail.com) Claudine Dauphin(Cdauphin79@yahoo.co.uk)

Khalid Sadiq (kms77@hotmail.co.uk)

Office: +961-01-551-798 Beirut mobile: +961-71-899-164

Syria Mobile: +963-940-448-625 Skype: franklin.lamb

 

Fundraisers

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Amount Raised:

$460

 

0% Raised of $650,000 Goal