In the countries bordering Syria, the humanitarian situation for refugees grows more critical every week. Since 2013, we have organised collections of emergency items, and ensured their delivery into refugee camps in Lebanon and Turkey.
We organise regular collections of emergency goods such as food, clothes and other items donated by residents of Brussels and beyond, to send to people living in areas affected by conflict. We also collect raw materials, such as fabrics and school equipment, for use in our schools and women’s training centres.
With the help of our volunteers, we load these items into containers, and organise their shipment to the Middle East.
Once the containers arrive in the Middle East, we organise their distribution to those most in need, in refugee camps, settlements and communities in Lebanon and Turkey.
In addition to donations of goods, we also collect and distribute emergency aid from other sources. We collect fresh fruit and vegetables from supermarkets, who would otherwise have thrown them out, and distribute them inside the camps. We also occasionally buy household items and give cash assistance to the most needy families inside the camps, most often those where the husband or father figure has been lost to the war.
We have supplemented these supplies with projects to raise awareness among refugees and victims of conflict about first aid, hygiene and public health, including the prevention and treatment of diseases such as leishmaniasis and tuberculosis.