There are 6.2 million people, including 2.5 million children, displaced within Syria, many with no other options but to live in refugee camps.
The risk and impact of COVID-19 at these camps is high as the camps are crowded and medical services are sparse. The impact of the shortages in hygiene supplies for the families in these camps can lead to a catastrophic situation not only for the families in the camps but also for nearby populations given the continuous movement of internally displaced people. We are pleased to announce our partnership with GlobalMedic, whose mandate is to save lives by providing short-term, rapid response in the wake of disasters and crises, both at home and abroad.
Through CMF’s Stop the Gaps Program, our project with GlobalMedic will support the needs of families living in camps in northwest Syria by providing them with Family Emergency Kits (FEKs) which have been developed as a holistic solution to serve multiple needs faced by families in crisis.
To help prevent the spread of illness and disease, the FEKs include hygiene items such as bars of soap, toothbrushes and toothpaste and oral rehydration sachets. Reusable masks that are vital in preventing the spread of COVID-19 are also included in the FEK kits.
Solar lights will also be provided in the kit. Solar lights provide families with a lightweight rechargeable product that extends access to light when energy sources are unreliable. Solar lights also provide added security in the camps where a lack of light at night may be a security concern, especially for women and girls.
Arguably the most significant item included in the kits is a water purification solution, typically a water purification unit (filter). These water purification solutions provide a family with access to clean and safe water for up to one year.
If you wish to help us cover the cost of getting vital items like these to families in need, please consider donating to our Stop the Gaps campaign.
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