Hello from Amman! Our entire volunteer team arrived last night from New York (Lexi, Demetri, and John), Westport (Ken), Cairo (Sarah), and Las Vegas (Robin). We’re jetlagged but enthusiastic and grateful to be putting the money we raised to good use.
Our first task was shopping in the market for items for our Winter Children’s Packages. In addition to the warm clothes and shoes that we received from several donors in the U.S. (thank you, Sophia and Sean!!), we picked out about 100 second-hand coats and pairs of kids’ boots. We also purchased 100 warm, thick blankets and 1,500 bags of powdered milk. These will be bundled up and distributed to families in the coming days to prepare them for winter.
Tonight, we spent several hours packing small gift bags for the kids. Each one is a little different, but they contain crayons, construction paper, toy cars, stickers, mini mazes, and more! We’re looking forward to the smiles on kids’ faces when we bring them these little gifts.
Tomorrow we go to Azraq, where your donations have already funded the construction of a new community center for our partner organization, SAWA (the South Azraq Women’s Association). We’ll meet with the team, check in on the progress of construction, and learn more about the small school they’ve developed. We’re excited to share pictures and stories tomorrow.
Thank you so much for your support! This is just the beginning - we’re rolling up our sleeves and getting to work with The Syria Fund.
The Syria Fund Team