Aid for refugees | Chris Morrow's Fundraiser
Organized by: Christopher Morrow
Ongoing Direct Impact
January 17, 2017
I have recently returned from a month in the Beqaa Valley, Lebanon working with SALAM LADC (Peace: Lebanese Association for Development and Communication) a non-governmental organization (NGO) operating in the region to provide aid to the 500,000 refugees in the Beqaa Valley, Lebanon. There are currently 2 million refugees in Lebanon who have fled the war in Syria. 1 in 4 people in Lebanon are a refugee trying to survive in desperate conditions. I am asking you to directly help these vulnerable and desperate people. I will be traveling back to the Beqaa Valley in December to put as much money directly to work in the refugee settlements as I can.
Very few aid agencies are on the ground in Lebanon, and refugees are not supported in any way by the Lebanese government. They have to rely on aid from small organizations such as the one I have been working with. All those who work with SALAM LADC including myself are volunteers, paying their own way. This allows 100% of your support to go directly into the refugee settlements.
My work with SALAM is unique in that you as a donor can personally see exactly where your money is going and you can decide what areas of aid you want to support. I will be on the ground in Lebanon personally overseeing and working with the rest of the SALAM team putting to work in the refugee settlements the aid (food, clothing, shelter, education, and medical) you provide. Unlike many other aid organizations, 100% of your support will go directly into the settlements through the programs mentioned below. Myself along with the support of SALAM LADC are able to directly make supply purchases from wholesalers and other sources in country with the money raised and directly distribute that aid ourselves into the settlements. You also decide what type of aid you want to support. Simply indicate to me your preferences from those below and that is right where your money will go. Once in Lebanon and upon my return I will have updates on aid distribution, as well as receipt for all purchases.
The areas of aid that we focus on and that you have the choice of supporting are:
Food aid: It cost only $25 to provide a family with food for 4-6 weeks (dependent on family size). We buy in bulk from local wholesalers to save as much money as we can and package 35lb food parcels that we distribute directly into the refugee settlements.
ECC: Embedded Community Centers offer a place within the refugee settlements for education and community activities. These centers are often the only place were Syrian children can prepare to enter the Lebanese education system. These centers are run and managed by refugee volunteers and SALAM volunteers with the ongoing financial and material support coming from SALAM. Donations of any amount are crucial to sustaining this education program.
Play with Purpose: Education based play for Syrian children in the settlements. SALAM provides creative play based educational activities that involve learning to count, ABC’s, and simple phrases in English and other educational activities. Donations of any amount make a huge difference in the ability to sustain this program.
Livestock Program: One of SALAM’s sustainability projects, the Livestock Program provides goats, chickens, and sheep to settlement community’s. Allowing people in the settlements to have a sustainable, communal source of milk, eggs, and wool. SALAM provides the livestock while the people of the settlements care for and maintain the animals long term. Current livestock prices are: sheep $250, goats $300, chickens $20
Winterization: With over 1,400 settlements in the Beqaa Valley SALAM LADC is launching its winterization campaign to provide wood, tarps, heating fuel, and insulation materials to refugees living throughout the region were temperatures drop into the low teens and snow fall can be heavy. $50 provides the materials to keep a family warm, dry, and housed through the upcoming winter season.
Medical: SALAM works to connect refugees with aid sources through the UNHCR as well as Handicap International. Many cases are in need of financial assistance as the amount paid by the UN or HI is minimal and often times dire medical needs are not met until SALAM can step in with donor support to assist in the financial costs of treatments or surgeries. SALAM LADC provides medical coordination, transportation to appointments, cover costs of surgeries and continued care. Medical cases are often in the range of $500-$1,500 and provide critical lifesaving care. SALAM also affords the opportunity for donors to see who they are helping and track outcomes through ongoing personal updates.
I will be posting updates as I get closer to my departure date, and when I am on the ground in Lebanon I will share with all of you the impact we make, an impact we can only accomplish together.
If you have any questions or concerns don’t hesitate to contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
My sincere thanks,
Below are links to the group I will be joining.
We must come with big hearts, strong will, with persistence and love. We must show them there is hope, that their children can have a future, that humanity lives. In solidarity we will help them in any way we can, we will feed the hungry, we will warm those that are cold, we will comfort those in need, and we will make the children smile again. We will not forget them, we are many, we are from all over the world, we come in all colors, shapes, sizes and ages. We work long hours and we do not get paid. We come in the name of humanity. We are volunteers.
- Martin, Salam LADC