Thanks to your faithful and generous support, as of September 2015 the United Church has contributed almost $400,000 to support Mission & Service partners such as ACT Alliance and the Middle East Council of Churches (MECC) responding to the crisis in Syria, Jordan, and Lebanon. In addition to providing humanitarian relief, our partners have used the funds to
- provide 2,200 food parcels for Syrian refugee families living with host communities. Over 13,000 individuals in Jordan benefited from this relief activity during the holy month of Ramadan in July.
- support education programs for children and youth. MECC’s Joint Christian Committee of the Department of Services to Palestinian Refugees (JCC/DSPR) offerseducation to displaced Syrian children in Lebanon, in the language and system followed in their home schools in Syria. More than 450 children benefit each year, equipping this generation of children and youth for a hopeful future whether in their own country or elsewhere.
- provide psychosocial counselling and coping skills development for 200 refugee children and 100 mothers in Lebanon.
- promote girls’ education. Several workshops have been held in Jordan for 480 girls and their parents promoting girls’ education.
Using United Church funds held in trust, the Canadian Foodgrains Bank has provided more than $1.5 million over a three-year period to support partners in Syria providing emergency and ongoing food assistance.
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