BENEFITING: International Rescue Committee
We as a community since 2013 have supported charity causes with our massive amount of members that has grown to over 55,000 members. Now more than ever we look to make an impact with the recent events in Syria and hope to support the refugees through the International Rescue Committee. With more funds the IRC could ensure that more health facilities in Idlib have enough protective clothing, antidotes, ventilators, and other necessary medical supplies and equipment, as well as the training medical providers and first responders need to respond to any future attack.
We could also support our local partners’ lifesaving ambulance services. Civilians, hospitals and schools must be safe from airstrikes and clashes on the ground, and humanitarians must have safe access to deliver aid. Attacks on civilians violate international humanitarian law. Until the law is enforced the people of Idlib will only see more death and suffering.
Some 700,000 displaced people are living in Idlib and many have been forced to flee violence multiple times before. A great many will have lost their sources of income and used up their savings—hundreds of thousands live in overcrowded conditions in tent settlements or unfinished buildings. As residents of Aleppo arrived in and around the town of al-Dana in eastern Idlib earlier this year after government forces retook their neighborhoods, the IRC provided emergency cash benefiting nearly 12,000 people. Families received $100 so they could pay rent, buy food and purchase other essential items. They have told us that cash is by far the most useful form of assistance they have received--before many were forced to sell clothes and blankets given as aid in order to buy food, pay rent or get specialist medical care.
Over the past year more than 50,000 displaced people in Idlib have benefited from emergency cash payments, which they receive through a local money transfer agent called a hawala. The IRC is also giving support to Idlib residents. In March, we provided some 150 farmers money to buy wheat and barley for planting their staple crops. Later this year, we will also provide seeds, fertilizer and cash to pay for irrigation services to 1,000 farmers in central Idlib, in time for the summer planting season.
Join us in making an impact of the lives of those who need it now more than ever and better the world after dark times of unfortunate military targeting has wrongfully hurt thousands of innocent civilians. Support the cause by donating or spreading awareness. All contributions matter and help.