Helping Syrian refugees through the winter and beyond

CLWRCanadian Lutheran World Relief News Brief reports: “With your support and through the assistance of the Canadian government, some hope and comfort have made their way to seven-year-old Brawat Al Salih and her family, Syrian refugees living in northern Jordan.

They are one of 2,000 families who have received or will receive heaters and carpets to bring warmth to their shelters through the winter months. They are also one of 300 families to receive shelter upgrades like proper plumbing and insulation – bringing clean water, safe sewage disposal and added warmth to their home.

“We don’t have wood smoke in our house anymore and it is much more healthy. My sister and brother and I do not get sick from the cold like we used to,” says Brawat. “Thank you, Canada.”

Two generous grants totaling approximately $2 million from the Canadian government, as well as your continued and faithful support, are making this possible. To learn more about the grants, please click here.

The need is still very great. Another Syrian family, the Al-Haj family, will be receiving  help very soon. Their shelter is a chicken coop with no running water, and the cold weather is taking a toll, especially on the youngest children. Click here to read their story in full.

To offer your support to families like these, please click here to learn how to donate heaters, food vouchers and winter clothing.

The same CLWR News Brief reports:

Another important part of the Canadian Lutheran response to Syrian refugees is the approximately 60,000 sweaters you generously donated for people living in the Za’atari refugee camp.

Basel Al Ahmed is one person of many who are looking forward to receiving your sweaters. His family of seven is struggling to keep warm in their tent, waking up in the mornings with frost on their blankets. They asked CLWR’s Tom Brook to send their thanks to you for your support. Click here to read their story in full.

There are 47,706 sweaters on their way now, and a third and final shipment will be leaving our warehouse in early February. The first two shipments are scheduled to arrive late in January and early in February.

NOTE: the “Go!” administrator is a member of the Board of Directors of CLWR.

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