PROJECT IN BRIEF:
The pandemic has caused living conditions to worsen very quickly in a country where 90% of the population now lives in poverty. The project “Feed the children” was supported by Misean Cara envisaging the distribution of food parcels to 1000 families in Aleppo, selected as among the most vulnerable and in need: displaced families, large families with many children, widows, widowers and orphans.
Syria’s conflict led to the world’s largest refugee and displacement crisis of our time. March 2021 marked 10 years since the beginning of the Syrian conflict, 10 years in which the lives of many people have been stopped and in addition the COVID-19 pandemic has upended the lives of families and is also affecting the mental health of young people and pushing more and more people into poverty. Millions of Syrians have escaped across borders, fleeing the bombs and bullets that have devasted their homes; over 6.2 million Syrians are internally displaced and 5.6 million are refugees, predominantly in Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey that hosts the largest number of registered Syrian refugees. Because of the war the education of hundreds of millions of children has been disrupted and access to protection services and health services – including routine vaccinations – has been severely impacted. People living in poor social economic conditions and vulnerable groups are those who have suffered the most in this situation, as opportunities for a subsistence income or help for their basic needs have drastically reduced. It is even worse in Syria’s refugees’ camps where people struggle to survive in even worse living conditions. The majority of Syrians, impoverished by ten years of war and by the pandemic, can no longer make ends meet and the 80 % of people live under the poverty line and need support to live and to survive.
AIM OF THE PROJECT:
As part of this initiative, two types of food baskets were distributed. Each basket included spaghetti, tomato paste, sugar, olive oil, cooking oil, butter and cheese. Large families with many children were given larger baskets.
Since the beginning of the war, the Blue Marists have been running 15 programs, some aid projects and other development and education programs, and they have expanded their scope to include, in addition to the poorest families, hundreds of displaced families, Christian and Muslim. FMSI has more than 14 years’ experience working in the field of International Solidarity and, inspired by Marist spirituality and charisma of St. Marcellin Champagnat, will support the Blue Marists to implement projects that can help many families and people who live in very difficult situations.
THE PROJECT BY NUMERS:
1.000 families received food parcels