- With approval of $6 million in funding from the Klett Trust, the Good Shepherd Sisters and the Sacred Heart Sisters have begun expanding their activities in Syria, as well as in the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon.
- Egypt’s education program for Syrian children has been scaled-up to 25,000 beneficiaries with a budget of $2.6 million from UNHCR. CRS Egypt has taken on 25 new staff and opened a large new sub-office in Cairo.
- The Good Shepherd Sisters are scheduled to start new emergency projects in the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon with support from the Klett trust.
- CRS Egypt received $319,916 from the Bureau of Population and Migration for a one-year project to support Syrian refugees to have increased self-reliance through business training and small enterprise start-up grants.
- CRS partner Caritas Jordan provided non-food-item vouchers and rent assistance to 2,000 Syrian refugee households (approx. 10,000 individuals).
- In partnership with CRS, Caritas Jordan also completed start-up of a second Caritas Australia/AusAID-funded project to provide medical assistance for 6,400 Syrian refugees over the next 10 months. Caritas Jordan provided primary, secondary and emergency care to over two thousand refugees. Patients included 56 Syrian mothers and their newborns who received care including Cesarean operations, natural deliveries, diapers, medicine and nutritional supplements.
- A CRS supported education project reached 600 Syrian refugees and 215 vulnerable Jordanians with back-to-school kits and non-formal education including intensive tutoring in core subjects, recreational activities and psychosocial support. Classes were provided to Syrian parents focusing on parenting techniques to understand and support the emotional and trauma needs of their children. Within this program 270 adults received theoretical and practical training on basic life skills including computer skills, English and job skills.
- In Lebanon, Caritas Lebanon and International Orthodox Christian Charities distributed food, non-food-items and cloth parcels to more than 550 Lebanese and Syrian families. Around 100 volunteers from the Catholic and Orthodox communities worked together to assist these households in 5 different regions in Lebanon. More beneficiaries will be assisted in the upcoming months.
- The CRS Egypt Head of Programming was invited, as the only NGO representative from Egypt, to participate in the UN High Commissioner for Refugees’ education strategy meeting in Amman Jordan with representatives from UNHCR, UNICEF and the Ministries of Education.