THE SYRIAN REFUGEE CRISIS
The following was taken from a September Email release sent out by ShelterBox.
In March 2011, civil uprising against President, Bashar al-Assad began the Syrian civil war which was has now displaced more than 12.2 million people. Four years later, this is the worst humanitarian crisis the world has faced since the end of the cold war.
This disaster has displaced more people than the Philippines Typhoon Haiyan, Haiti earthquake, Japanese earthquake and Hurricane Katrina COMBINED. ShelterBox has provided emergency shelter and supplies to families fleeing the crisis within Syria and during their harrowing journeys to safety since 2012.
A family shelters in cramped conditions on the island of Lesbos,
Greece (Rachel Harvey/ShelterBox)
ShelterBox began sending aid four years ago, since supporting over 5,000 families in Syria, Iraqi Kurdistan, Lebanon and Jordan who have been displaced since the conflict started. ShelterBoxes, Shelter kits, tents, mosquito nets, water filters, water carriers, blankets, groundsheets, SchoolBoxes and solar lamps have all been sent to assist families in the region.
Currently, ShelterBox is working in Greece to provide the basic human right of shelter to these refugees as they seek asylum and safety. Teams are working on Lesbos and the surrounding Greek islands (pictured below) to distribute tents and supplies as well as to establish a new camp site to ease pressure on the existing reception camps. The teams put up large family tents in Pikpa, a small camp run by local Greek volunteers, which is housing families with young children, the sick, and the disabled. The final tent, erected two days ago, immediately became home to a young Syrian couple with a four week-old baby who had just been discharged from the hospital.
ShelterBox is among the top charities responding to this conflict according to Reuters
. ShelterBox remains committed to helping the refugees and has a dedicated fundraising campaign due to the enormity and complexity of the crisis.
"'I am proud of our work on the Greek islands, and we will seek to help such families wherever we can, and wherever we are invited by host governments and colleague agencies to improve conditions and to ease suffering."
~ ShelterBox International CEO, Alison Wallace
This disaster relief charity specializes in emergency tented shelter and other life-saving equipment. It currently has teams on the ground on the Greek island of Lesbos and has sent aid to support more than 5,000 families in Syria, Iraqi Kurdistan, Lebanon and Jordan.
The Rotary Club of Cedar Park has again subscribed to a full ShelterBox package, and did so in recognition of our District Governor Melinda Osburn who will be visiting the club in October.