Distributing clothes in a makeshift camp in Syria

Distributing clothes in a makeshift camp in Syria

This initiative started in August 2014 with an email to the mothers in Samara's son’s year group, appealing for winter clothes and shoes to send to the people displaced in Iraq who lost everything when IS took their towns, cities and villages.

It has quickly grown into a larger project which provides medical and humanitarian aid, currently focused on Syria. We have sent 109 consignments (artic lorries to Iraq, and 40’ containers and ambulances shipped to Syria) carrying clothes, shoes, bedding, toiletries/hygiene items, essential medical equipment, ambulances and school equipment.  We have also provided four small emergency field hospitals in different locations at different times during the conflict.  We also have a vision to design and build a new hospital with a focus on critical care.

The aid we send is taken to people in need, and our teams serve everyone in need regardless of their faith, political views, gender, ethnicity or other defining categories.  Our aim is to demonstrate the unconditional love of God to people who are in desperate need, and everything we send is given freely to those in need with no expectations and no strings attached.

Local partners distributing aid at a camp in the Kirkuk area in Iraq.

Although many displaced people live in tents or similar structures, there are many more who live in houses, informal settlements which include unfinished or damaged buildings with no windows and sometimes no doors with walls missing, also caravans, animal sheds, schools and other public buildings.  

In Syria there are also many families living in damaged and abandoned buildings. There are around 6 million internally displaced people in Syria, and many of them have had to flee their homes but when it is safe enough to return they find that their homes have been either destroyed or looted and they have to start again with nothing.

Sometimes host communities take families into their own homes, to live with their families.  For most displaced people and refugees, the camps are a last resort when there is no other option.  Our aid is distributed to people living in a wide variety of situations and shelter arrangements.

Families have been living in this construction site with young children through freezing winter snow

Recently all our aid has been directed to Syria, and we have been distributing aid, with partners on the ground, in many different areas including Damascus, Ghouta, Aleppo, Deir Ez-zor, Homs, Latakia, Tartus, and Sweida.  We have also distributed aid in Iraq including Dohuk, Erbil, Kirkuk, Karbala, Baghdad, Sinjar and Akra in addition to Jordan and Lebanon.  

We rely completely on people like you volunteering your time and giving what you can to make this work happen.  None of us in the UK get paid for doing this, we do it because it simply because it needs to be done, and these people need to know that they have not been forgotten.