Together with our local partners, we have stepped up our efforts and provided hundreds of relief items specially tailored to cover what these families are most in need of, basing our work on an extensive needs assessments which has already encompassed over six thousand refugees nationwide, giving single mother headed families, the elderly, people with special needs, infants and children priority shelter support.
In recent days, HCI’s relief activity in the Bekaa Valley has increased to provide hundreds of new refugees with housing and shelter support; we have been distributing mattresses, blankets, pillows and food items among others, to the most needy families; for those barely able to afford the cost of food, shelter and medication, acquiring items such as bedding and other essential household items is just not feasible. By improving their housing conditions HCI’s intervention is helping to ease the suffering of these refugees and restore a humane level of comfort and accessibility, which in turn contributes to better physical and mental heath and independent living.Oum Ahmed, a widowed single mother with 3 children was one of the refugees we spoke to at our strategically located distribution point in the Bekaa Valley. She told us that she has been in the country for months, living in a small rented storage space, and surviving on occasional charity. Oum Ahmed’s family left Syria with just the clothes on their backs and some meager savings. “Every day is a struggle; our future is uncertain, we have no comfort in our lives or in our homes; we sit, sleep and eat on the floor”. HCI’s housing and shelter assistance has helped Oun Ahmed’s family and others like them to restore a sense of comfort and normalcy in their lives.
The main bulk of our work so far has been in the North and in the Bekaa valley, as well as in the Palestinian refugee camp of Shatila in Beirut.Our relief interventions have been centered around meeting immediate needs for the poorest of the poor, such as providing formula and diapers, distributing life saving chronic disease medication, providing essential food and non food items such as hygiene kits, accessibility items, and bedding, encouraging environmental health, personal hygiene, and sanitary living conditions among others. HCI is working in tandem with other CBO’s and organization to avoid an overlap of services and to ensure that every area of need is covered.
Hundreds of cases have been supported through this program to this date, and hundreds will be helped in the coming days, but thousands are still on the waiting list pending the availability of funds. That is why we are making this special appeal for help.
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