Syria Emergency Appeal
The Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund Syria Refugee Emergency Appeal has been set up to help thousands of Syrian refugees flooding into neighbouring countries
The war continues in Syria and the crisis is worsening for many thousands of people. According to UNHCR, 1 million people have fled to neighbouring countries because of the conflict which began in March 2011.
An estimated 2.5 million remain within Syria, forced from their homes into makeshift camps and abandoned schools. Conditions for many left in the country are pitiful and there is an urgent need for help.
SCIAF is working through our sister agencies in the region, like Caritas Jordan, which is already helping 75,000 people. The majority are women and children.
The money raised across Scotland in our Syria Refugee Emergency Appeal will continue to help Syrian refugees and their local hosts by providing basic supplies including food and temporary shelter, and help them cope through the winter with the provision of heaters, blankets, stoves, and hygiene kits. Medical care, trauma counselling and emotional support is also being provided.
With SCIAF’s support Caritas Jordan will provide help to 25,500 people in Amman, Irbid, Zarqa, Madaba and Mafraq - see how Caritas Jordan has supported Syrian refugees in this video
The Syria Refugee Emergency Appeal has already raised over £40,000. However, the need is great and more funds are urgently needed to help provide aid to thousands of vulnerable people.
Patricia Chalé, SCIAF’s Director, thanked the very generous response from supporters but said more aid is urgently needed:
“The extremely generous response to our Syria refugee appeal has enabled SCIAF to send £30,000 to help provide emergency aid to vulnerable refugees fleeing into Jordan. However, the war is continuing and the refugee crisis is getting worse. I want to personally thank everyone who has given so generously but urge anyone who has not yet donated to please give whatever you can.”
Bishop Antoine Audo, President of Caritas Syria, said:
“Many people’s lives and families have been shattered by this war. We must accompany Syrians through this tragedy and show them that they are not alone. We mustn’t let the light go out on Syria in this cold and dark winter.”
How can you help
Please give what you can online or by calling 0141 354 5555