In January 2011, anti-government protesters took to the streets of Syria, calling for change and reform. The government of Syria responded to the peaceful demonstrations with excessive force, killing thousands of protesters and injuring many more. The Syrian army laid siege on the cities of Daraa, Baniyas, Hama, Homs, Talkalakh, Latakia, the Midan and Duma districts of Damascus and several other towns. With protests growing across Syria, there was growing instability in the region.


By August of 2012 over 200,000 Syrians had fled the increasing violence to neighboring countries, creating one of the world’s largest refugee crises. More than 80,000 refugees had crossed the border into Turkey.


In August of 2012, our emergency relief team traveled to the south of Turkey to provide humanitarian aid to the refugees unable to find assistance in the Turkish government run refugee camps and also to those unable or unwilling to travel to Syria.


A campaign was launched in the UK to raise funds to provide essential aid to the refugees residing on the Turkey/Syria border and to provide medical aid and financial assistance to families living inside Syria.


With the help of a local NGO, a list of refugees and a list of families residing inside Syria was compiled, giving priority to the most needy.


Large quantities of food, drink and hygiene products were purchased. Parcels containing food, hygiene products and baby products were made and distributed to hundreds of refugee families residing in Reyhaniye, Turkey. 120 families were also given shopping cards which would allow them to purchase food, medicine, clothing and hygiene products from local supermarkets in Turkey.


Sixty blood stoppers, a medical products which controls minor and major hemorrhages caused by exterior wounds, were sourced and purchased. With the help of a local NGO, the blood stoppers were distributed to makeshift clinics inside Syria. Financial aid was sent to families still residing in Syria; priority was given to widows and the carers of orphans.


Breakdown of project cost: Emergency Relief, Syria, August 2012

Item Unit cost (GBP) No. of items Total cost (GBP)
Food parcels £51.30 210 £10,773.00
Hygiene kits £9.80 270 £2,646.00
Baby packs £17.72 140 £2,480.80
Shopping cards £10.76 120 £1,291.20
Blood stoppers £30.15 60 £1,809.00
Financial aid £200.00 55 £11,000.00
Total £30,000.00

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