WAUK Newsletter 11/7/2013

1. Emergency Relief in Lebanon - News Update

Supporting Refugees who fled Syria, living in the Camps and Gatherings in Lebanon

To escape the conflict in Syria over 1.5 million Syrians have fled to neighbouring countries. Lebanon, is hosting over 431,000 refugees from Syria, which is more than 10% of the original population. This is in addition to 62,000 Palestinian refugees from Syria who have also taken refuge there, 31% in Saida, 21% in Beqaa, 17% in Beirut area, 17% in Tyre in the south and 14% in the north. Welfare Association is working to support these families by providing emergency food, clothing and hygiene kits to some of the most vulnerable displaced Syria refugee families who are now living in very sub-standard and overcrowded conditions in the refugee camps and gatherings in Lebanon.

Palestinian refugees from Syria are considered to be doubly vulnerable compared to Syrians because they have fewer legal protections and hardly any opportunities to find legal employment, and are housed with some of the poorest host communities in Lebanon, in refugee camps. Read more (The Daily Star :: Lebanon News :: http://www.dailystar.com.lb)

A recent survey of these expanded communities in the camps and gatherings (by ANERA) revealed that 59% of families have one room as a shelter, and 22% of “large families- with 8+ members” are living in a single room.

82% are dependent on food aid and 73% do not have enough food for the whole family. In addition the survey also indicated that more than 70% of refugee families did not have enough blankets for the whole family.

Please support our Syria Crisis Appeal [Family Food Package (Incl. flour, cheese, milk, beans, sugar, tea and oil), £30, Family Hygiene Kit £25] Donate Here

2. Zakat Al Fitrah Donations

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Wednesday 10th July 2013 marks the first day of the holy month of Ramadan. The economic situation is extremely difficult in Palestine, especially in Gaza where the rate of unemployment is 31% (PCBS. March 2013) and 44% are food insecure (UN OCHA). Palestinian families in Gaza struggle to secure their basic food needs. Again this year, Welfare Association is supporting more than 1500 of the poorest families living in marginalised areas of Gaza through the provision of emergency Zakat Al Fitrah food packages, (including rice, pasta, cheese, beans, tomato paste, cooking oil, jam, sugar, tea, dates, salt, etc.) Priority is given to families supporting orphans and/or with disabled children.

Please donate generously to allow us to increase the number of families we are able to support this year, each package costs £35. (Last year Welfare Association’s Zakat Al Fitrah food packages supported a total of 4,354 families in Gaza.) All donations received before 31st July 2013 will be allocated to this emergency food distribution project and will increase the number of families that we can support. Please donate early so that families will receive their parcel in time.

All Zakat Al Fitrah donations which are received after 31st July 2013 will be allocated to the Gaza Child Nutrition Programme, or the Syria Crisis Appeal: Supporting refugees from Syria now in the camps and gatherings in Lebanon.

3. In Memoriam Fund

At our Welfare Association Board Meeting in May the Staff and Trustees agreed to set up a project fund in memory of Chris Elias, who was a founding Board member, and died suddenly in February from an aggressive bone cancer. Chris was always ready to lend his considerable expertise and skills to our work and is greatly missed.

The Chris Elias’ Fishermen’s Fund – will support one of the poorest Palestinian communities (the Jal El Baher Gathering) living in the most precarious conditions in south Lebanon.

Our WA colleagues in Beirut have kindly agreed to donate their time to manage this special project, so ALL funds received will go directly to support the families and fishermen of Jal El Baher.

Donate here

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