In the last week, three of the medical points provided by the team we are working with have been lost in Syria. One was a small hospital, and the others were two smaller medical provisions that were dealing with more than they had the resources to cope with.
The humanitarian needs in these areas are enormous because civilians are being injured and killed daily. This is without considering all of the day to day medical problems that people would ordinarily face that need emergency care. The only hospitals left in these areas are military ones and they won't accept civilian casualties.
In the last week we have seen six hospitals and medical facilities in Aleppo destroyed, and in the process many more innocent people killed and injured. So at a time when the Syrian people need emergency medical provision most of all, it simply isn't available. The only thing worse than being seriously injured in a bloody and ugly war, is being injured in this way but having no access to emergency medical care. Emergency medical care for civilians in a war zone should not be a luxury, it should be a basic human right.
The people in these areas are angry and exhausted. So many have lost loved ones, homes and everything they ever worked for. The future is so uncertain for them and many of these people have forgotten what hope is.
These people are tired. Everyone has reached the end of their resources to cope. This war has gone on for five years now, and shows no genuine signs of stopping. The people keep asking when it is going to end and how much longer can they endure living through these events that nightmares are made of.
The need for our new hospital is desperate and essential. Although it is not yet officially open, injured people have been going there this week asking for help, even before any of the medical staff were placed there. We started seeing patients in our new hospital at the end of the week even though the building isn't ready. How could we turn people away? The people are in great need and our medical team who were preparing the equipment and set up there have started to accept the patients who are turning up at our doors in need.
Although we have funded the initial outlay for our emergency hospital, we need to cover its monthly costs. We need to pay the salaries of the brave doctors, nurses and paramedics who risk their lives serving people in a place where their lives are targeted simply for doing good. We need to cover the costs of the medications needed and the fuel to operate the ambulances we have sent to serve this hospital. We also need to cover the other running costs which includes fuel for the generator and water which has to be taken in in large tanks because there is no electricity or water supply in this area.
Every penny we receive for this hospital will go directly to covering the operational costs mentioned above. We do not spend any money on UK salaries or overheads because I want every penny to go to the intended cause. Even the strategic administration of this project inside Syria is given on a voluntary basis meaning that our donations are spent solely on operating the hospital.
Can you help us fundraise to cover the monthly costs of running this hospital? What we need most of all is regular standing orders so that we can plan for salaries and medications etc each month. Would you be able to host an informal dinner or fundraising event in your community, encouraging your friends, relatives, colleagues and neighbours to support this desperately needed service?
Could you set you set yourself a personal fundraising target to try to raise a certain amount of standing orders each month? £50, £100, £500......do you know five people who might be willing to give £10 a month, or £20 a month to support such an urgent cause?
I can provide information that you can use to help you, and I would love to talk with you if you are interested in helping with this. I need volunteers to help me with this. If you want to help but aren't sure how to go about it, please feel free to give me a call to discuss it. I would love to talk with you.
This escalating situation needs immediate support with a service that we take for granted in the West. This is a time for sharing our resources with our brothers and sisters who can only dream of the things that we use every day without a second thought.
More than ever we need to respond to our compassion, because these feelings of sadness, anger and upset that we feel when we see these unjust things are our call to action. These feelings are our conscience calling us to act and take steps to change the world we live in, to be a voice for the voiceless, a light in the darkness and to bring hope to the hopeless.
When each of us gives our small portion of ability or resources, and we pool these together, what we can achieve is greater than anything that any of us could achieve on our own. Together, let's be an unstoppable force that is committed to changing the face of the world we live in. It just starts with a willing heart and one small step. We all have the power to change the world we live in.
Please contact me for more information about how you can help firstname.lastname@example.org 07960 937 716.
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This photo shows one of the bomb attacks this week in Syria that our teams dealt with, and which our ambulances served. Many were killed, and many more were injured. Our teams dealt with a number of head injuries, shrapnel injuries, and serious chest and abdominal injuries from this attack.