Hope for Refugees

This blog post was contributed by Janet Valencia, our Logistics Coordinator. She recently returned from a trip to Jordan and Lebanon to monitor some of our previous shipments and assess our future response to the Syrian refugee crisis.

It’s been a week since I returned from my field visit to Jordan and Lebanon, and I am still not sure how to process my experience there. It was a whirlwind trip to say the least. The team and I were there for 8 days and we were able to witness much during that short time. Countless families have been affected by the war and have lost so much. Many children have been robbed of their innocence. One Syrian family we met shared how their village was attacked by militants and their home was destroyed. The father shared how his young son is still traumatized by the fact that they had to walk across ten dead bodies to flee from being killed themselves.

Since the start of the conflict in Syria in 2011 more than 1.5 million people have fled seeking safety in neighboring countries. The numbers keep rising by the thousands each day. In Jordan we visited Zaa’tari refugee camp, one of the largest camps in the region. While we were there, we could see several families moving in and adjusting to life in the camp. Our guide at the camp explained that 1,000 to 2,000 people arrive daily at Zaa’tari camp. He shared how infection and sickness are a big problem in the camp due to the amount of people living in such close quarters. He also thanked us and our donors for the hygiene items, clothing and personal care items we have been sending. He said that all the donations have helped many families. Every one of our donations that has gone for the Syrian refugees has been well received. The families that have received the goods expressed much thanks and sincere gratitude for help during this difficult time in their life.

As the situation continues to intensify in Syria, the UN expects the number of refugees to increase to about 3.5 million by the end of 2013. All those affected by the conflict have already suffered and witnessed so much. It is my prayer that we can continue to send aid and give encouragement these families.

The Syrian refugees in Jordan and Lebanon are one of the 20 healthy communities in our Hope 20/20 campaign. Click here to find out how you can help these families.

Below are some photos that Janet and the team took on their trip:

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