We are raising awareness in Pleasantville, NY, about the terribly difficult conditions of children caught in the middle of civil strife in Syria with many seeking refuge in neighboring countries.
In cooperation with local civic, faith and youth groups, we encourage donations to the U.S.Fund for UNICEF with all proceeds to help the CHILDREN of SYRIA in this month of May 2014. We will have a booth on Memorial Plaza to share information on Pleasantville Day, Saturday 17 May.
See www.childrenofsyria.info for more on the needs of the children.
To Help the Children of Syria
It is hard to believe but true that the civil conflict in Syria has continued for over three years. The extensive fighting in and destruction of whole cities and towns reflects not only political, sectarian and other differences within the country of nearly 18 million people but substantial involvement of other adversaries in the region and beyond.
While there are many civilian and other casualties, 4.3 million innocent Children of Syria are especially vulnerable and scarred by the unremitting conflict and have been driven into poverty without access to medical, shelter, schooling and other essential services. More than 1.2 million children, 425,000 are under age of five, are living as refugees in neighboring countries including Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Turkey.
The United States of America, other governments and international agencies are committing resources to help the people of Syria but finding it especially difficult to get relief to those in need who are isolated by lines of fire between the adversaries.
There is a gap in public awareness of the needs of the Children of Syria. UNICEF is trying to address this need for sound information through its recent report, “UNDER SIEGE, The Devastating Impact of Three Years of Conflict in Syria”.
Private fundraising to help the Children of Syria is essential as a bridge to widen and deepen understanding of the needs of these children and to complement official aid flows that often must move on to new crises. The UNDER SIEGE report helps us understand how continuing assistance is necessary to help these children and their families knit together lives and communities torn apart by conflict.
Immediate help that reaches children in Syria and in the refugee places where many are living will help address psychological trauma, repair limbs, provide education and open opportunities for them to play and to grow. UNICEF and other organizations have the skills and capacities to reach the Children of Syria with assistance now at this time of their greatest need.
Will you consider participating in a campaign to raise funds for the Children of Syria this month here in Pleasantville ? We seek contributions of $5 to $100 as donations with all proceeds to be dedicated to UNICEF’s programs to assist the children whether they are in Syria or living in their refugee homes.
This campaign, Dear Children of Syria, Pleasantville Cares, is working to engage youth, our faith community and civic groups through local media such as PCTV and in cooperation with The US Fund for UNICEF. The campaign will peak on Pleasantville Day at Memorial Plaza, and we will be there to share information and to continue this conversation.
Amounts donated at www.crowdrise.com/fundraiser/UNICEFUSA1/Pleasantville Cares are received directly by UNICEF and can be clearly identified as donations associated with Dear Children of Syria, Pleasantville Cares. Thank you for your interest and care.
Coordinator, Edward W. (Peter) Russell, email@example.com