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Syrian refugees receive shelter and hope through the Church-Shelterbox partnership

Cool Story - Syrian refugees receive shelter and hope through the Church-Shelterbox partnership

When a jet bombed Umm Ahmad's home and hamlet in Syria, she was already pregnant. Together with her son, 8, and daughter, 10, she fled for safety.

"We fled till my neighbors assisted me. The houses were gone when we got outside,” she continued.

Although they had enjoyed their lives, they were unable to stay there any longer. The family eventually found itself at an internally displaced person's camp.

Together with the charitable organization ShelterBox, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sent tarpaulins and other supplies for shelter to displaced families in Syria. According to Ahmad, it changed her life.

"We needed mattresses for my twins to sleep on when I had them. They will be protected from the cold and illnesses by mattresses and blankets. Never before have I received a shelter kit. My life will improve now that I have the gear,” she declared.

According to Serena Kelsch, director of humanitarian partnerships at ShelterBox, the Church has been essential in recent years in giving the organization the fundamental backing it needs to expand its reach.

If the Church hadn't been funding this effort, she claimed, "We wouldn't be in Syria right now."

Kelsch claimed that by giving Ahmad beds and blankets, the woman was able to keep her two children warm. Her elder children were able to start recovering physically, intellectually, and emotionally because of shelter.

"Our experience has shown that when families can stay together, everyone benefits.”

Additionally, the permanence of a tent allows them to focus on finding food and employment rather than finding a place to sleep every night. The children can begin returning to school. It lessens the likelihood that a disastrous downward spiral will occur, the speaker stated.

‘We aren’t leaving

One of the world's oldest civilizations is Syria. It was a middle-income nation that was exceptionally smart and well-educated before the war. People could support themselves and had solid work.

But more Syrians are now living in poverty. The economy is in ruins. Families had to leave their villages when their homes were damaged.

The women are maintaining huge families on their own while the men are compelled to fight, according to Kelsch. These women are jobless. They reside in camps, are cut off from their society, and are unable to work.

ShelterBox has been in Syria since 2012, according to Kelsch. She declared, "We're staying. They would still require our assistance even if the conflict ended today by some miracle since it has had such a significant negative impact on the economy.”

Partners of ShelterBox in Syria and Turkish suppliers risk their lives to deliver goods to those in need. In collaboration with the UN, ShelterBox determines which camps will require supplies for the winter as well as which places, namely in northern Syria, need the most assistance.

"Occasionally it's tents, occasionally it's tarpaulins and tools, occasionally it's a kitchen set, occasionally it's clothes or rugs. According to what they tell us they need, we will base what we provide them on that,” said Kelsch.

‘We can’t do this alone

According to Kelsch, the Church supports the work both financially and by raising awareness.

14 million Syrians worldwide require aid, but ShelterBox is a small to medium-sized NGO. People can contribute more by learning about what is required and comprehending what is happening. No one group can do everything, but cooperating and supporting one another is essential.

She continued, "We know there are 17 million members of the Church, and we know you're sharing these stories and the work we're doing and the work that needs to be done. We need the entire world to be aware of what is occurring in Syria because we cannot do this alone.”

Ahmad is starting over in life now that her necessities are being provided. She makes an effort to spare her kids from the pain of being uprooted.

“I never allowed my kids to get too far away from me, she claimed, adding that she always kept them by her side. We go outside the tent together after I play with them and tell them stories inside. I assure them that life is lovely, things will improve, and we will be happy soon.”

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