urgent priority:

Relief & rebuilding for internally displaced People in Syria 

In June 2016, 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. 

“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 has become 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. This appeal is projected over 28 months to meet the physical, psychological, and spiritual needs of the Syrian population accessible to our local relief committees in 19 different regions across Syria. 

Assistance is targeted for war afflicted and displaced people, regardless of religion: Poor school-aged children, poor families, sick poor people, displaced people, poor families with children, elderly poor people, widows and households headed by women, unemployed people and low income families.

Relief includes:

  • Winter heating fuel for 1500families ($75,000 each year)
  • Medication for 250 people ($50,000 each year)
  • Food for 1500 families ($75,000 each year)
  • Water for drinking and hygiene ($75,000 each year, purchasing water or digging wells)
  • Rent assistance (For the 7 million people displaced from their homes in Syria, rent constitutes about 75% monthly expenses) ($10,000 for six months each winter)
  • Tuition scholarships and materials in schools (1500 students, $37,500 each year)
  • 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. $40,000 each year)      Donate

 

Syrian Refugee Schools 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 (National Evangelical Synod of Syria and Lebanon) has a proven record of operating mixed faith schools in both Lebanon and Syria. The curriculum includes Math, Arabic, English, Science, and Christian Ethics —all in an atmosphere of joy, love, playing, and singing.

Early in 2016, NESSL launched four new schools of Syrian refugee children in different parts of Lebanon serving 250 children (and growing), with plans to open a fifth school with 100 students in Tripoli this fall. These refugee schools are tuition free, also providing all school materials, one daily meal, clothing, transportation, and accident insurance.

The estimated operating budget for each school ranges from $170,000 to $210,000 per school per academic year. Total need estimated for 2016: $375,000

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