Holiday Presents for Children in Syrian Refugee Camps
Team Member: Jessica Hadjis van Thiel
EVENT DATE Dec 23, 2016
Shivani Singh wrote -
Like you, I've been helplessly watching images of Syrian children in desperate conditions for years now. It seems like no number of terrified, shocked or hurt little ones is enough to make it stop. These are innocent babies, toddlers, small children, girls and boys we continue to fail... It's heartbreaking.
So this holiday season, while we tuck our own children into warm, cozy beds, and buy list-fulls of toys for them, I'd like to visit children in the refugee camps along the Western Syrian border. The ones closest to the struggle are those who are most neglected, and I'd like to bring them holiday presents.
PLEASE join me in spreading a little cheer to children who have had no cheer in a long time. Let's remind these children that even when it seems that way, the world has not forgotten them.
Here are some details and logistics for you:
Who Am I?
What is PATHFINDER?
PATHFINDER is a social enterprise with a mission to impact global development through innovative solutions to enable local social entrepreneurs, promote academia, and influence policy.
Why is this mission so important?
- Since the beginning of the crisis over 300, 000 Syrians have lost their lives.
- More than 6.5 million people have been displaced inside the country and some 4.8 million have sought refuge in neighbouring countries.
- About 70% of the population is without access to drinking water, one in three people are unable to meet their basic food needs. Four out of five people live in poverty.
- Over 500,000 children live in 16 besieged areas across the country, almost completely cut off from sustained humanitarian aid and basic services.
- More than 2 million children are out of school.
How much will we donate?
All of it! Every dollar we raise here will be applied to the project. There is no minimum and no maximum. The more money we raise, the more children we get to.
How will the funds be applied?
While I would love to take winter gear from Canada (naturally), I'm reminded that customs officials often pose problems. It would be a terrible shame to lose our efforts to difficult beueaucrats. So the plan is to buy candy and chocolate to make little wrapped gifts, with cards, in Canada, and to buy the necessary supplies in Beirut, Lebanon. We'll then drive everything over to the camps at the border.
This project will be entirely legal, transparent and documented.
What else will the project accomplish?
While I'm on this mission, we will work with Anand Balsavar, an filmmaker with an illustrious career, to create a documentary short. We'll be happy include you or keep you posted on developments if you let us know of your interest here.
And finally, who are we working with?
Relief & Reconciliation for Syria is an international non-profit organisation that combines peacebuilding with humanitarian aid for those affected by the Syrian crisis. They unite different communities around a common cause: the future of the youth. They opened a Peace Centre and a refugee camp school in the North of Lebanon, only 12 km from the Syrian border. For more about their incredible work, see here.
Although we can never truly express our gratitude for your support, we will include your names in the documentary credits as a special way of saying thanks. Also, for all donations of $1000 and more, you will have the opportunity to be interviewed for the documentary.
The Council of Europe, 2016, The Parliamentary Assembly: http://assembly.coe.int/nw/xml/XRef/Xref-XML2HTML-EN.asp?fileid=23217=en
UNHCR, 2016, Refworld: http://www.refworld.org/country,,,,SYR,,583c47fd40d,0.html