While the showdown in Ukraine has diverted media attention away from the ongoing civil war in Syria, the humanitarian crisis in this Middle Eastern country continues and has surely become one of the worst humanitarian disasters in the world. The latest reports put the number of civilians killed at more than 120,000. The number of people who have been uprooted and displaced is estimated to be as large as 8 million (out of an estimated total population of 23 million). Many of those have fled to neighboring Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey - countries ill equipped and resourced to shelter such an influx of refugees. Meanwhile, in Syria itself millions of people lack access to water, medical care, food, shelter and other basic humanitarian needs because of the continued fighting. Entire neighborhoods, communities, even cities have been destroyed.
In the midst of this catastrophe, members of ACT Alliance (Action by Churches Together) are providing life-saving relief to hundreds of thousands of Syrians within the country itself and in host communities in Jordan and other neighboring countries. Similarly, local church partners of the Disciples are providing relief and care where and when they can. In response, Week of Compassion, on behalf of North American Disciples, continues to provide support to the ACT appeal as well as grants through Global Ministries' Middle East and Europe Office to local partners in the region. Just this past week, grants were made to the Fellowship of Middle Eastern Evangelical Churches for food and shelter assistance to 500 internally displaced Syrian families and to Beit Sahour (East Jerusalem YMCA) for psychosocial care to Syrian refugees in Lebanon.
During this Lenten season, may we remember all the people affected by the war in Syria, pray for peace, pray for our partners working to bring help and hope, and support the responses Disciples are making through Week of Compassion.
We Will Speak Out Event During United Nations Commission on the Status of Women
On March 12 2014, during the UN Commission on the Status of Women, the Church Center United Nations will host "Meeting the Millennium Development Goals: Engaging the Faith Community to Address Sexual ad Gender Based Violence," a parallel event sponsored by We Will Speak Out.US.
For more details about the event, please follow this link. If you are in New York or close enough to come in for the day, consider this important, free event.
Through our partnership with IMA World Health, Week of Compassion is a founding member of We Will Speak Out.
Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance
Burundi, Flood Relief
Jordan, Syrian Refugee Support
Development and Long-Term Recovery and Rehabilitation
Texas, Refugee Response
Democratic Republic of Congo, Skills Training and Micro-Industry