Thousands of people who had been trapped in Aleppo, Syria, living in despair and fear, have been able to flee in recent weeks. Many are fleeing to wherever they can—to safer places inside Syria or to Jordan, Turkey or Lebanon.
Some who fled are arriving in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley, where thousands of refugees have already settled over the past few years. While the new Aleppo refugees are relieved to be away from the conflict, they now face another crisis, one our contacts call a “life-threatening disaster”—Lebanon’s cold winter weather. Winter has hit the Bekaa Valley hard and temperatures recently dipped into the low 20s.
Most of the families, some with seven members per family, will have to live in 10-foot square tents. These makeshift shelters are ill equipped to withstand the cold.
Our contacts have identified some of the new needy families. Working through them, we plan to help in the following ways:
- Provide food and hygiene packages to 200 refugee families
- Provide 50 refugee families with winterization packages, including blankets, heaters, mattresses, coats, gloves, and plastic sheets and lumber to build tents
We welcome your prayers and support for those who are suffering because of this crisis. If you would like to help those displaced by the conflict in Syria, you may donate using the link below.
Many Haitians are living under scraps salvaged from their destroyed homes.
After weeks of preparation and research, CAM’s rebuilding project for Hurricane Matthew victims in Haiti is underway.
Two bases have been set up in heavily affected areas. One base is in the seaside town of Jeremie. The other is in the mountains, where people have received no help since the hurricane hit on October 4. When our staff researched this mountainous area, they found 97 percent of the houses totally destroyed.
Excessive rainfall throughout the past month has created even more hardship for Haitians living under scraps they salvaged from their destroyed homes. The rain has also made it difficult for our staff to travel into these areas to help.
Ways CAM is helping hurricane victims in Haiti:
- Distributing building supplies for people to repair their homes.
- Providing water purification tablets to help prevent the spread of deadly cholera.
- Supplying seeds so Haitians can replant gardens that were destroyed.
- Rebuilding houses for more than 350 families.
When CAM staff arrived in this mountainous area to research the needs, they discovered most of the homes destroyed
CAM will use this place as a base while reaching out to a mountainous area that was heavily affected by Hurricane Matthew.
Please pray for the many Haitians who are still suffering and for our staff as they research needs and find ways to help. If you wish to help victims of Hurricane Matthew in Haiti, you may donate by using the link below.