BENEFITING: The Syria Fund, Inc.
In May, I will be traveling to Jordan with The Syria Fund to bring aid and educational programming to refugees affected by the civil war. I am asking you all to join me in raising funds for this valuable cause.
The Syria Fund provides critically-needed food, household and hygiene aid to extremely vulnerable populations of Syrian refugees and others throughout Northern Jordan. The Syria Fund has also helped build multiple classrooms for arts & music education for hundreds of Syrian refugee children who have no access to schooling.
There is a critical need for emergency aid products, which include food, warm winter clothes, and hygiene/medical items. Below is a list of just a few items we bring to the refugees inside and outside of the camps.
You can read more about the organization here.
**EXAMPLES OF DONATION ITEMS**
Exchange rate: 1JD = 1.40 US Dollars
A) Hygiene/Needed Baby food packets
a. Ladies pads pack of 10 = 0.26jd
b. Toothpaste and brush = 0.5jd
c. Shampoo large = 1jd
d. Family food box = 20jd = 28.21 US dollars
e. Milk powder 400gr = 1.5jd
B) Medical needs – Our partner on the ground, Mercy Corps, need at least 1000 jd per month but usually need more.They try to make sure women and expecting mothers have proper medical care. This money also goes to purchase pre-natal vitamins, medical check-ups, etc.
C) Eye glasses – we often help Mercy Corps and other charities with the purchase of eyeglasses. They do all the testing and fitting so we just buy the glasses and it makes a HUGE difference in life quality.
** Please note if you would like your support to be designated to a particular area.
*** For more information on The Syria Fund's emergency aid support please click here.
Why is aid needed? -- The UNHCR reports that over 90 percent of registered Syrian refugees in Jordan outside of refugee camps are living below the national poverty line and 30% of households are not receiving enough food.
Previous surveys have found that almost half of refugee households have no heating, a quarter have unreliable electricity, and 20 percent have no functioning toilet. Rental costs accounted for more than half of household expenditures, and refugee families are increasingly being forced to share accommodations with others to reduce costs.
The Syria Fund helps to address refugees’ emergency needs through our partner, Helping Refugees in Jordan (HRJ). HRJ gives us an on-the-ground presence and access to timely information about emergency needs. We are able to provide critically-needed items like food packages, warm blankets, hygiene items, medical equipment and more. TSF and HRJ purchase all items from Jordanian vendors, helping to provide income for local people and supporting the economy.