Over the next three days, CLWR will load thousands of useful items, donated by Canadian Lutherans and Winnipeg organization International HOPE Canada, into a 40-foot shipping container bound for Syrian refugees in Jordan’s Za’atari refugee camp.
The items include clothing, blankets, hygiene supplies, and medical supplies. The Za’atari camp is now housing tens of thousands of people who have fled the war in Syria, which has gone on for almost two years. Currently, about 1,500 people arrive at the camp every day.
“Many Syrians living in Za’atari have experienced terrible violence, and were forced to leave their homes quickly with few possessions,” says CLWR executive director Robert Granke, who visited the camp last November. “The items in this shipment will help to meet their most basic needs.”
International HOPE Canada, which donates surplus medical equipment, provided supplies including hospital beds, wheelchairs, and operating room equipment. Items including quilts, school supplies, and baby supplies like cloth diapers, of which there is a significant need in Za’atari, are supplied by Canadian Lutherans who participate in CLWR’s We Care program, which sends about four relief shipments a year to countries around the world.
“Our supporters and partners play a key role in every shipment’s success and we’re thankful for the generous donations we receive from Canadian Lutherans and local organizations,” says Patrick Stewart, CLWR’s We Care program coordinator.
CLWR is also accepting donations of money to aid Syrian refugees. Funds will help provide winter clothing, heaters, and winterized shelters, as well as mental health and social support services with a focus on children. Find more information at bit.ly/Zaatari.