We hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Sitting around the table with family and friends last week, we were particularly grateful for the amazing support you've provided this year to help thousands of refugee families in need. As the situation for Syrians worsens by the day, we continue our important work to respond to the needs that so many are facing -- and we couldn't do it without each and every one of you.
Last month, we put out a call to help The Syria Fund bring critically-needed food supplies to thousands of families trapped in a makeshift camp on the Syria-Jordan border. This area is called the Berm, after the raised barrier of sand in no man’s land between the two countries. The estimated 75,000 people living there today have been almost entirely cut off from humanitarian aid since a security incident at the end of June.
When we called, you answered. In 48 hours, and with the generous support of actress Kristen Bell, we raised $17,000 to purchase food to distribute directly to these families in need! We are overwhelmed by the outpouring of support - thank you to everyone who donated, shared our posts, and forwarded our email.
With this incredible effort, we purchased and assembled over 800 food packages. In mid-November, our partner organizations distributed those packages to approximately 4,800 refugees trapped at the Berm. Each package, valued at $21 USD, included the below items and was designed to last a family of six for 2+ weeks:
- 5kg rice
- 2kg sugar
- 800 gr powdered milk
- 1 box tea bags (tea is a very important part of Syrian culture)
- 1.8 ltr cooking oil
- 4 tins of beans
- 3 packets of spaghetti
- 3 packets of macaroni noodles
- 1 bag of lentils
- 1 pack cooking stock cubes
- 4 packets of tomato puree
This is just one example of the tremendous impact you've made this year. All of you have come together to donate what you can and spread the message that our community cares about the people of Syria and, with so many in dire circumstances, we #cantdonothing. THANK YOU!
Later this month, we'll be sending out our 2016 Annual Report -- stay tuned for a detailed breakdown of our projects and finances to see what we've accomplished through The Syria Fund this year and where we're heading in 2017!
With continued gratitude,
Lexi, Demetri and The Syria Fund team