Struggling to Survive
Syrian Palestinians Seek Refuge in Lebanon
As Syria continues to roil with internal struggles, Millennium continues to bring hope to Syrian Palestinian families who have fled the fighting in that beleaguered country. To date we have been able to provide aid to 22 families who have sought refuge in Lebanon. Through generous donations from around the world, our team in Lebanon has been able to meet 54% of its targeted funding goal to help a total of 40 families. We need your help to reach our goal! Please donate now to account LEB-T.003.
These men, women and children were living in villages and cities, working, attending school, raising families… going about normal routines, just as you and I do every day. Many had to leave only with what they could carry. The shift from a productive, independent life to one as a refugee is extremely difficult. One man wanted to pass on his gratitude to those who have helped him settle into in this transitional life: “… I thank very much everyone who spends (even) one dollar to help us. It is so hard to be homeless, begging to survive.”
Another recipient of the generosity of our donors is an expectant mother. She realized when she arrived at the camp that her situation was going to be extremely difficult. The aid we provided enabled her rent a place to stay and to purchase necessities like food and clothing. But when you have lost your home, your place of refuge and safety, the present is difficult and the future unbearably uncertain. It is understandable, that this young woman who is expecting a child, fears that “… the coming days will be more difficult than now.”
It is impossible to gauge how all this turmoil affects children. They too are afraid and confused, searching for a bit of ‘normal’ to hold on to. Unfortunately, there is little to occupy children in the camps.
To remedy this, Millennium-Lebanon sent out a special request, raised a bit of extra money and purchased 20 soccer balls. In Lebanon, during the season of Eid, toy guns are a very common gift. But children whose lives have just been turned upside down by war need another outlet.
There was much excitement when the soccer balls arrived; right away the children began to kick the balls around. Both boys and girls were anxious to draw teams and join the fun!
As the violence in Syria continues to grow, more and more families are crossing the border into Lebanon. Currently, Millennium-Lebanon is looking to secure ongoing partnerships and to raise funds to:
> Help the remaining 18 of the original 40 families who have not yet received any aid. ($10,000)
> Expand the project to assist 50 more families who have not received any structured help. ($25,000) This can happen only after meeting our commitment to help the original 40 families.
> Meet more than physical needs. Many refugees arrive with wounds that are not only physical but emotional and psychological as well. The team in Lebanon is in the process of researching ways to address some of these needs through volunteer counselors, organizations specializing in after trauma care, and partnerships with researchers in the field of trauma care.
We are so very grateful for the support and partnerships that are making an impact on these families. Though they may be thousands of miles away the needs of these Syrian Palestinian families are being met by your caring contributions.
Please help us continue our efforts to bring some stability and hope to these beleaguered families. You can give Now. Designate: Leb-T.003
If you would like to discuss partnering with MRDS-Lebanon please contact us for more information.
Thank you for standing with us to help some of the victims of this terrible conflict.