Syrian refugees need our help

While Australia is in the midst of a hot summer, tens of thousands of Syrians forced to flee their homes are struggling through a long, bitterly cold winter – the worst to hit the Middle East in decades. Oxfam is there providing support to over half a million refugees.

The refugees

Lebanon is home to nearly 1 million Syrian refugees. In fact, Syrians now account for one-quarter of Lebanon’s entire population. Nearly 80 percent of these refugees live in overcrowded apartments, abandoned buildings, informal settlements, and sprawling tent communities that are jammed into any vacant lot.

The storm

Winter has hit hard and widespread hunger, malnutrition, and disease are feared inside Syria as well as in refugee communities. Flimsy tents are prone to flooding and are likely to collapse under the weight of snow. Syria’s refugees are facing the very worst that winter can bring without the ability to keep themselves warm, well-fed or healthy.

Oxfam’s efforts

Oxfam has distributed blankets, sheets of plastic to protect shelters, and vouchers for heating stoves, fuel, and food, helping families get what they will need to get through these harsh months. Overall, they’re helping a half-million people affected by the Syria crisis across Syria, Lebanon and Jordan, with plans to reach more than 650,000 people in the next 3 months. But they must prepare for the long haul to ensure that ordinary Syrians are able to face these immense hardships until a time when they can return home to rebuild their lives.

Supporting Oxfam

The Wishing Well was established in 2010 to offer children in out-of-home care, such as foster care and residential care, a range of healing and treatment options usually not accessible as a free therapy in mainstream health.

The Wishing Well raises funds to enable children and young people to access developmentally-appropriate and trauma-informed treatments shown to be highly effective in dealing with severe trauma and neglect. These therapies respond to the unique needs of each child and young person.

The Wishing Well is a not-for-profit incorporated charity organisation, established and managed by people seeking to improve outcomes for children and young people in out-of-home care and their families.

The Wishing Well operates ethically, effectively and empathically with a view to achieving quality outcomes and a satisfying working environment, and as such we support such organisations as Oxfam as they encompass similar ideals.

The Wishing Well gratefully receives donations, funding and resources through bequests, corporate partnerships, fundraising events, grants, online donations and other fund raising activities. Please see our website for more information:

http://thewishingwell.org.au/

 How you can help

Your support will help save lives in Syria through the bitterly cold winter. Donate now and lend your support to the Syrian refugees:

https://www.oxfam.org.au/my/donate/syria-crisis/?utm_source=winterblog

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