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 large humanitarian aid project.  Between October 2014 – December 2016 we have sent 62 consignments (artic lorries and containers) carrying clothes, shoes, bedding, toiletries/hygiene items, essential medical equipment, ambulances and school equipment.  We have also opened hospitalsl in Syria and are working towards opening more.

Samara's Aid Appeal is a self-funded appeal operating under the auspices of Feed the Hungry, registered charity in England and Wakes (1112955). 

Much of our aid goes to the people in need of humanitarian relief that other aid agencies have missed, or people who are scattered across areas where they cannot access help themselves. 

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

The aid we send is taken to people who are in need, and our partners 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.

All of the images you see on this website are our photos, taken by our local partners in the Middle East and by us here in the UK.  They show the people we are helping, and the humanitarian aid we have sent being given to a variety of people in need of humanitarian relief in different locations and situations. 

Although many displaced people live in tents in camps, there are many more who live in informal settlements which include unfinished buildings with no windows and sometimes no doors with walls missing, also caravans, abandoned factories, animal sheds, schools and churches and other tents.  Sometimes the host communities take families of strangers into their own homes, to live with their families which is a challenging situation for all of them.  Sometimes a number of families will end up crammed into small appartments meaning that there isn't enough space for everyone to lie down and sleep at night.  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

The areas we have been serving so far are mainly in the Syria, the Kurdistan Region of Iraq and include Dohuk, Erbil, Kirkuk, Karbala, Baghdad and Akra in addition to Jordan.  Ongoing aid appeals will be aiming to supply aid to Iraq and Syria, possibly with some going to Lebanon or Jordan. 

Currently the focus for this humanitarian aid appeal is on the Syria and Iraq, but I ask people to give on the understanding that we may support other areas of the Middle East including Yemen.

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