As the civil war in Syria continues, millions of refugees are seeking shelter in Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Iraq, and most recently, Bulgaria and Armenia. This displacement has left children uprooted from their education, families unprepared for the winter and so much more. In each of these countries, Catholic Relief Services and its Catholic Church partners are providing these critical services and needs to families and children.
Here’s the latest update from Catholic Relief Services staff in the field:
Education programs for Syrian refugee children continue to expand throughout the region. In Egypt, CRS is helping to provide livelihoods support to 2,000 heads of household. Additionally, an education project for 1,000 Syrian refugees and vulnerable Jordanians may be expanded in 2014.
CRS supported winterization assistance to hundreds of Syrian refugee families in Lebanon. Food, winter clothes, heaters, fuel for heat, blankets and mattresses were distributed to 5,000 Syrian refugees. Additionally, CRS supported the Good Shepherd Sisters distribution of food, winter clothes, heaters, fuel for heat, blankets and mattresses to hundreds of Syrian refugee families in the Bekaa Valley.
In Northern Iraq, working with local parishes, CRS provided winterization assistance to hundreds of newly arrived Syrian refugees.
CRS reached over 2,000 refugees with primary and secondary care, immediate interventions for life-threatening wounds, and treatment for chronic diseases. CRS also received funding to open of a new healthcare clinic in Madaba, an area in Southern Jordan with a high influx of Syrian refugees.
CRS will host a multi-country Training of Trainers workshop in Lebanon in March, for expansion and roll-out of two No Strings International puppet films to be used as psychosocial tools for youth affected by the Syrian crisis.
CRS will deploy a peacebuilding project with local partner Adyan, in areas of Lebanon where tensions are exacerbated by the Syrian conflict.