As the end of Ramadan approaches, SCM has been busy distributing food, supplies, clothing and toys to local refugee families and to those in Jordan and Lebanon. Thank you to all who have donated and to our teams in Lebanon and Jordan. Our teams organize and conduct the distributions so SCM can help as many people as possible. It’s not too late to donate for Ramada, so please visit our Donation page.
Here are just a few photos from the various distributions.
Thank you to everyone who donated to Ernesto’s Cat Sanctuary! SCM sent $1000 to them on Wednesday, March 31, 2021 and Ernesto’s has acknowledge the donation. The money will be used for food and medications for all the animals – cats, dogs, donkeys, rabbits, chickens, peacocks, and more!
We will keep this fundraiser open and as funds are received we will send it to them – as you can imagine, with a 1000 cats and many other animals they are constantly in need of food, supplies, and medications to keep them all healthy. And thank you to Ernesto’s team for taking such good care of all the animals who have no one else to look after them.
On March 28, 2021 SCM had a distribution event from our warehouse there. We handed out blankets and quilts, and clothing to refugee families. Thank you again for your continued support, and especially to Quilts Beyond Borders for sending us the wonderful quilts distributed to the refugee children. Not only are these quilts practical and keep the children warm at night, but they are so colorful they add a bit of cheer to those who receive them.
Our next container is leaving soon for Lebanon, so if you are local (Seattle area) and have anything you want to donate, please bring it to us by Wednesday April 7th. We are in need of used computer laptops or tablets that are cleared of all data or reset to original configuration and either have the password or are ready to set up for a new user. Please deliver to our office by April 7th – 3806 Whitman Ave N, Seattle WA 98103. Call if you have any questions – 206-545-7307.
Ramadan begins next month on the 12th of April. Please join us in providing food to refugees here in the Seattle area as well as in Jordan and Lebanon. We will be distributing packages of food for families of 4-5 that will have basic necessities such as salt, sugar, beans, pasta, cooking oil, tinned meat, tea, and more, and will feed them for a month.
Ramadan Food Drive Goal: $10,000
We have already begun distributions of clothing for refugees living in Jordan and women from Daraa and also from Damascus came to our warehouse to pick out clothing for themselves. It was Mother’s Day in the Middle East so we had a special distribution for them. Thank you for your donations for our shipping containers as well as monetary donations that enabled this to happen. Don’t forget we have another container going out soon and you can check or previous post for the needed items for that container.
SCM has spent a decade helping the refugees that have fled Syria and other war-torn countries in the Middle East. We have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to provide food, medicine, basic supplies, supported medical missions to the region and sent containers loaded with supplies you have donated to help the refugees get back on their feet. The refugees have left everything behind, including beloved pets as they scooped up their children and ran for their lives. Now, we want to direct a bit of our efforts to help those four-legged victims of the war in Syria by supporting Ernesto’s Sanctuary for Cats, near Aleppo.
Before the civil war in Syria, Mohammad Alaa Aljaleel was an electrician in Aleppo. After the war broke out, he began driving an ambulance to help those injured get medical care as fast as possible. While he was driving around the city, he noticed the abandoned and stray cats and started feeding them.
Aljaleel has always cared for animals, believing it was a responsibility to care for those who are innocents and not able to care for themselves. Eventually his story got out and he was known as the Aleppo Catman. He was able to turn a neighboring property to his home into a shelter for the cats and was soon housing 100 little furry survivors of the war. The story spread even more, and more help came to him to feed and care for the animals. But they were not safe and the sanctuary soon was hit by an explosion during a bombing in the city. Over the next several years, the sanctuary was able to move to safety, take in more animals, and expand to include a vet clinic and a farm for larger animals such as horses, goats, dogs, etc.
In their current location, outside of Aleppo in the countryside, they house about 1000 cats, provide free vet services to the community, rescue animals in distress or suffering abuse, spay and neuter, and provide employment for several people that feed, clean, assist the vet, serve the food in their “restaurant of 1000 cats” and maintain the properties. They also have in the past provided animal therapy to orphaned children and plan to continue to do that as well as support a local orphanage.
SCM wants to support Ernesto’s Sanctuary for Cats in their efforts to save lives and make their world a little brighter. They are always in need of funds for food and medications/vaccines for the cats and other animals they take in. Please make a tax-deductible donation to help Ernesto’s take care of the animals that have been left behind while their families became refugees. Our goal is to raise $5000 for them.
For most people 2020 was the most globally disruptive and devastating year in their lives. Lockdowns, restrictions on movements, persecutions, corruption, high unemployment, etc. This was taking place all around the world. Think of the refugees that had everything taken from them due to wars and unrest in their countries.
The only thing that gives me hope for the human race is the support that SCM gets from people like you. I know that you are going through your own hardships, but at the same time understand what others are going through. Amidst the pandemic and the political and economic hardships our donors are still giving and helping. I am again asking for your help in Lebanon, which took a major blow on August 4th when warehouses that were storing abandoned, unstable chemicals blew up and devastated the port area of Beirut.
With your support we have been able to get vital medications, clothing, and medical equipment to the people. With a following of people with big hearts we have been able to supply over $50,000 worth of medical supplies just this year, but there is still so much more to do. Our fundraising goal for Lebanon over the next few weeks is to raise $35,000 to buy more medications and food and finish setting up the clinics we have planned.
We are also collecting items for a 40ft container that is going out at the end of March to Lebanon. We will be opening a free clinic in Saida for the people in need: giving them medicines, clothing, food vouchers and a place that they can come to learn how to support themselves with training classes. To do this we still need your help. We are trying to raise enough money to get more supplies to the people of Lebanon, including the Syrians and Palestinians that are living there and need help.
Our Regional Manager recently went to Lebanon to bring them medications not available in Lebanon and funds for food that we distributed in the Bekka Valley and in Saida.