Thanks to the support of its donors, Cordaid has been able to provide the necessary relief to victims of the war in Syria.
The devastating conflict in Syria has been going on for over five years now and has cost the lives of thousands and caused millions of people to flee their homes. Therefore, at the beginning of this year, Cordaid started a campaign to help the victims of this war.
Through this campaign, Cordaid has been able to raise enough funds to continue to support its aid programs in Syria. Program manager in Cordaid’s humanitarian aid unit, Ignacio Arteche, is delighted with the results. Together with the partners of the Caritas network in the Middle East, Cordaid realized several projects in countries such as Lebanon, Turkey, Greece, and in Syria itself.
“We help in times of need and that should always be a temporary thing.”
“Thanks to the campaign, we can continue our work in the region. In particular for people who are directly affected by the armed conflict in Syria,” says Arteche. “We give food packages and we have set up portable kitchens in Damascus and Aleppo. Every day we cook fresh meals for more than 10,000 people.”
A quick end to the conflict
Of course, emergency aid is currently of vital importance in Syria. Yet Cordaid also tries to improve the living conditions of many Syrians in other ways. Arteche: “We give food, clothing, shelter and healthcare. But we also provide psychological help to people who have been hit hard by the effects of war. Furthermore, we support refugees with legal advice, now that they have become asylum seekers.”
Despite the satisfactory results of the last campaign, Arteche stresses the importance of a quick end to the conflict in Syria. “The international community sometimes seems to look for a solution in the humanitarian sector. We cannot offer permanent solutions. That’s not what we do. We help in times of need and that should always be a temporary thing.”