The current refugee crisis is unprecedented. Never before have there been more than 65 million refugees and displaced persons in the world. More than 11 million of them (1 out of 6) are from Syria. That is half of Syria’s population. The country has been utterly devastated by the 6 1/2 year civil war.
In addition to the devastation and displacement of Syrian families, many Iraqi families have also been displaced, especially since the emergence of ISIS in 2014. Nearly 5 million Iraqis have been displaced from their homes.
One of the constant needs of refugees is good nutrition. Because fruits and vegetables are typically more expensive than other foods, many refugees, especially children have mineral and vitamin deficits. We seek to overcome this barrier to good health by providing free fruits and vegetables for Syrian and Iraqi refugees in the Middle East, both Muslims and Christians.
Depending on family size, each family receives a certain amount of coupons for a local fruit and vegetable shop each month. We hope to give these coupons for 9-12 months to help supplement the family’s nutritional needs.
Your gift of $25 will provide fruit and vegetables for one family for one month. So a gift of $150 would help one family for six months. We already have the funding for 800 families for six months. We would love to extend this for another six months so that each family could benefit for an entire year.
One recipient of this program in 2016 said, “God bless you and increase your good deeds. Thank you for the project. Before, we never gave our children fruit, but now they can eat bananas or apples and they feel happy!” - Abu Bilal, father of 4