Storm Norma has hit Lebanon and has brought havoc and challenging conditions to the Syrian refugees living in make-shift rural camps. They are experiencing heavy rain and wind causing flooding and freezing cold temperatures as well as tons of snow. The infrastructure in these refugee camps is already fragile; refugee tents that provide shelters to entire families are collapsing due to the weight of the snow and the speed of the winds. Many people have died already. Over 150 sites have been affected, putting 850 settlements at risk of flooding and over 50,000 people at risk. MedGlobal is on the ground now in Arsal providing winter kits to keep refugees warm during this storm. Our kits provide heating fuel, blankets, hand warmers, coats, hats, boots, socks, gloves and other materials that will provide some warmth.
Here is a breakdown of the costs of the necessities, and where your donation will go:
Heat isolation padding for a tent: $3
Plastic sheets to protect the tent: $110
Heating fuel for an entire family: $50
Food package for an entire family: $25
Medical center support: $5,000
After 7 years of conflict due to the Syrian Civil war the United Nations have identified 13.5 million Syrians requiring humanitarian assistance, more than 6 million which are internally displaced and around 5 million who are refugees outside of Syria. This has resulted in 1.5 MILLION Syrian Refugees living in Lebanon, amounting to more than a quarter of the population, the highest number of refugees per capita in the world.
The influx of Syrian Refugees in Lebanon has created a huge strain on the Lebanese economy resulting in a lack of resources to provide adequate health care, schooling and basic needs for Syrian refugees.
Most Syrian refugees in Lebanon live outside of camps in urban centers and informal shelters. These unsponsored shelters combined with the strain on the Lebanese economy makes it increasingly difficult for Syrian Refugees to have access to Health Care which is why we have partnered with URDA, Union of Relief and Development Associations, to provide free medical care for Syrian refugees in permanent, semi-permanent and mobile clinics primarily in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley.
Lebanon Missions 2019
April - Surgical Mission
In April 2019 we are returning to Lebanon to conduct a Surgical Mission in Arsal and the Beqaa Valley in partnership with our on ground partner URDA. The aim of this mission is to provide much needed Surgeries to the underserved Syrian Refugees who are unable to access Healthcare.
April - Medical Mission
We are also working with URDA to provide a Medical Mission in April 2019. We will be working in Arsal and the Beqaa Valley to provide Medical Clinics to Syrian Refugees who are unable to access Healthcare. We will also be running Medical Clinics at the Medical Village we support in the Beqaa Valley, working alongside Syrian and Lebanese people to service the community.
We are currently seeking gynecologists, urologists, plastic surgeons, anesthesiologists, and pediatric orthopedic specialists for this mission. Interested volunteers should apply with the link below and send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.