Vulnerable Syrian families get food and hygiene kits thanks to huge outpouring of generosity


We are so incredibly glad to announce that we have hit our target and raised over $100,000 for our COVID-19 response. This means that we can help 1,250 Syrian refugee families in Lebanon and Turkey get essential food and hygiene kits and better protect themselves against coronavirus.

We have already started to deliver some of these kits to families in Turkey and Lebanon. This is in large part thanks to the enormous efforts of our partner, Molham Volunteering Team, who have been working tirelessly to ensure kits get to those most in need.

One of the families we have been able to help is Saleem’s in Turkey. 13 year old Saleem was badly burnt when a scud missile hit his house in Syria. His parents were killed. Saleem and his four siblings live in Turkey. Their uncle used to pay rent for their house and basic needs, but because he has lost his job due to COVID-19, he can’t afford this anymore. Saleem and his siblings are very worried.

The family were incredibly thankful for their kit. “We hope all the dark clouds go away soon, and that those infected with COVID-19 get well,” his grandmother told us. “We just want to make sure Saleem gets the treatment he needs for his burns.”

The rest of these kits will be delivered in the coming days.

Founder Arwa Damon said: “I just wanted to say a huge thank you to everyone who donated to help make this happen. It’s been so moving to see everyone donating over these last two weeks, it’s been incredible. What it shows to these families is that someone out there cares about them, and is making sure they get through these incredibly trying times.”

These food and hygiene kits will only last so long, and what happens after that is what is concerning us. This is why we will be launching a new campaign for Ramadan in the next week.