Relief for internally displaced People in Syria
In June 2017, the Institute for Economy and Peace issued its 10th Edition of the Global Peace Index. Syria is ranked at the bottom of 163 states and territories worldwide, as it has for the previous five years. Syria ranks as the least peaceful country in the world, followed by Afghanistan, Iraq, South Sudan, and Yemen.
“In Christian Theology, Peace is not simply the absence of war or lack of conflict, rather it is also the welfare, harmony, wholeness, completeness, prosperity… all the parts of peace that Syria is missing.”
Life in Syria is hard on different levels. The shortage or total absence of safety, security, electricity, fuel, and water, accompanied by an escalation in pricing inflation for all items, has caused severe psychological pressure and trauma. With time, people’s resilience has been undermined. Many people need special treatment for depression and spiritual support to help them continue their lives.
In the midst of this dark situation, our partner churches and NGOs have been trying to light a candle. Since 2012, our NESSL (National Evangelical Synod of Syria and Lebanon) partners have provided relief for displaced people in Syria. Through its ongoing relief work, NESSL provides assistance to the needy, not only among its own members, but to all who seek help.
This appeal for funds will meet the physical, psychological, and spiritual needs of the Syrian population accessible to NESSL's local relief committees in 19 different regions across Syria.
Assistance is targeted for war-afflicted and displaced people, regardless of religion: school-aged children, families, sick people, displaced people, low-income families, elderly people, widows and households headed by women, and those who are unemployed.
Your generous donations allow the Relief Program to fund:
- Winter heating fuel
- Water for drinking and hygiene; purchasing water or digging wells
- Rent assistance; for the 7 million people displaced from their homes in Syria, rent constitutes about 75% of their monthly expenses
- Tuition scholarships and materials for school-aged children attending the NESSL schools
- Psychosocial and spiritual support to strengthen war-afflicted people
- Spring and Summer conferences for youth, young adults, and women; includes transportation and accommodations for 400 people
Syrian Refugee learning centers in Lebanon
There are nearly one half million Syrian school aged children who are refugees in Lebanon, and every year there are about 40,000 more newborn Syrian refugees added to the Lebanon population. Lebanon currently has the capacity and western funding support to educate only 200,000 of these children. The remaining hundreds of thousands of idle children are at risk for abuse and radicalization.
Our partner NESSL has a proven record of operating mixed faith schools in both Lebanon and Syria. The curriculum for the Learning Centers in Lebanon includes Math, Arabic, English, Science, and Christian Ethics —all in an atmosphere of joy, love, playing, and singing.
NESSL has five learning centers for Syrian refugee children in different parts of Lebanon serving over 400 children. The learning centers are tuition-free and provide the children all school materials, a medical check-up, one daily meal, clothing, transportation, and accident insurance.
NESSL’s partners from around the world, including those in the US, have been extremely generous in their support of the learning center projects. Donations have been so abundant in support of the learning centers, that NESSL has asked us to direct our donations to the Relief Program for internally displaced people in Syria.