26Jun2022

SCM Medical Missions

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Seattle WA 98103

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Category: Community Service

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Ramadan Food Delivery

Thanks to all of your donations to the Ramadan food drive we were able to provide 500 boxes of food for the Syrian refugees around Madaba, and another 200 families in Al Hamra, a village we visited on our last mission in June.

In addition to the packages of food, we also distributed clothing, small hygiene kits for the children, wheel chairs and walkers. The kits were put together here in our office in Seattle, and sent over to Jordan with people who were traveling there over the summer – a big thank you to all that were able to take an extra suitcase with you for us!

Below are photos of the distribution from our warehouse in Madaba (the evening photos), and then at the village of Al Hamra (in the daylight). Rita’s family in Madaba helped organize the distribution – checking people on the list to make sure everyone received their packages, crowd control, taking photos of the event, plus 3 Syrians who also helped with the handing out of the items. There are 30,000 Syrian refugees in the Madaba area.

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October Container Drive

Salaam Cultural Museum will be sending a container of supplies to Jordan in early October. The exact date has not been set yet but will be posted as soon as we have it. We are aiming for the first week in October. We will be filling the container with warm winter clothing, school supplies and medical supplies.

How you can help us fill the container:

Please bring or send your donations to our office at 3806 Whitman Ave. N, Seattle WA 98103

CLOTHING: We need winter clothing for all ages. No shoes. Please consider new socks and undergarments, warm sweaters and shirts, pants, leggings, coats. Please have all clothes clean and folded and in good repair, and put them in a heavy duty plastic storage bin. You can also include clean blankets or quilts. Place a list on the top of the clothes before you put the lid on.  We will not be accepting items in plastic garbage bags for this container due to logistical constraints.

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Type of heavy duty plastic bin to use to pack donated clothing.

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larger size of the heavy duty bin to use.

TOYS: We will take new in the package toys or close to new toys to give to the children as gifts. If the toy is used please make sure it is clean and all pieces are there. Please do not include any toys that promote or depict violence or are war related (toy guns, tanks, planes, etc). Also, we cannot accept toys with batteries in them – remove the batteries and send them in a plastic baggie.

BACKPACKS: School supplies are in need for the refugee children. Getting the children back to school is very important to their ability to cope. It adds a spot of normalcy in an otherwise completely upended life. To help them, we want to provide backpacks filled with school supplies for children ages 5 and up. You can donate a backpack filled with the following items and send it to our office for inclusion in the container:

  • Notebooks
  • Pencils and pens
  • Pencil sharpener and erasers
  • Pencil bag
  • Notebooks
  • Crayons (no more than a 24 pack)
  • Coloring books
  • Puzzles and other brain games

HYGIENE KITS: You can also put together kits containing tooth brushes, toothpaste, small travel size soap and hand sanitizer, mirror, washcloth, hair brush. You can make bags for boys and girls, by adding specific items like hair clips, nail polish, hair bands etc. for girls and things like stickers, temporary tattoos, etc for boys.

MEDICATIONS/MEDICAL EQUIPMENT: We are still collecting medical equipment and non-narcotic/OTC medications, just be sure that any pills do not contain gelatin. The medical supplies will be packed separately from the clothes and blankets so please do not put them in the plastic bins. Crutches, wheelchairs (especially for children), walkers, and other mobility devices are needed as well.

MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS: We have a music program at the Malki-SCM Children’s Center and they are in need of small instruments. Anything is great, but please, if the instrument is such that it requires a case for transport (like a violin) please include the case. If there is no case for the instrument, the chances are that it will be ruined during shipping.

 

 

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June 19th Medical Mission Post

June 19, 2014

This morning we set out for Alhamra, about 2 hours outside of Amman towards the Ramtha border crossing with Syria.  We were given a school to work in that had three stories, so we set up the pharmacy on the ground floor; the second floor was OBGYN, optometry, general medicine, and dental. The third floor was for humanitarian projects. We had games for kids, jump rope, balls, coloring, face painting, and then distribution of baby formula and diapers.

The funny thing is when the people got to the third floor it seems that they all had twins so they could get double of what we had! Finally, I asked one of the elders if there was something in the water, and I wanted to see the paperwork showing that they really did have twins. Well some did but others did not, of course.

The humanitarians started to paint the walls of the school inside in some beautiful colors. The crowd control was handled by our drivers.

We saw over 300 patients at this clinic and the cases we very hard and we had to do a lot of referrals: needed dialysis; heart stint was infected and had to be removed; badly infected shot gun wound; MS patient; pregnant 13 year old girl; numerous cases of scabies and other skin rashes; numerous cases of malnutrition; blood transfusion

The school was so dirty with garbage and trash inside.  We decided to get the kids to help clean so we gave them a present – each one grabbed a trash bag and got running to get the garbage picked up.  It was so much fun watching them, and other kids heard about it and started coming to us and said “I want to help!” The place looked so different by the time they finished.

It was a long, long day and we got out by 6pm and then went to the hotel for a debriefing.   Afterwards we had a nice dinner at Tawaheen Al-Hawa Restaurant.

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Water Project

On the most recent mission to Jordan, we found two camps that were not receiving any help from any of the aid organizations. They needed a fresh water supply as they had none, just what water they could carry in themselves by buckets or bottles. With Ramadan coming and the heat of the summer, the people are at an increased risk of dehydration.

SCM is raising money to provide clean drinking water and food for Ramadan to approximately 1000 families in these two camps and neighboring areas. We have already purchased 10 water tanks and have contracted with a reputable water company to fill the tanks weekly, but we need to get them more.

Here is a list of what we are planning to purchase and the costs:

  • $150.00 USD will buy a 2.25 cubic meter water tank with the faucet, stand and installation – we have 10 but need 15 more for a total of 25 tanks  – total to be spent: $3750
  • $800.00 USD will provide weekly water delivery service for the two camps per month – we will be applying to get water vouchers from the Jordanian government for the camps but this will take time, so we are planning on 3 months’ worth of water service – total to be spent: $2400

Any contribution will help provide clean drinking water to these 2 camps that are in dire need. Thank you for your help and compassion.

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Layla and Rita with one of the brand new water tanks SCM purchased for Camp Jaser in northern Jordan. We plan to buy more to fill the need of this camp and another camp that SCM visited early in the June mission.

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Things You Can Donate for the Syrian Children

Here is a list of items that you can donate to SCM that we will send to Jordan, either with a mission or with people we know that are traveling there over the next couple months. We are trying to make up little packages of toys, personal care items, etc. in plastic zip lock baggies. For example, a packet for a little girl might have some barrettes or hair clips, children’s nail polish, a hair scrunchie, stickers, and lip gloss. A lot of the items we are in need of, especially kids toys can be found at garage sales or the dollar stores. Please keep in mind that the items must be washed and clean, no used clothing or blankets can be accepted.

  • Travel size toothpaste
  • Adult and children size toothbrushes
  • q-tips
  • Disposable razors (not for the kids, but they are needed!)
  • Travel size shampoos
  • Neosporin (or similar antibacterial ointment) in small tubes
  • Vaseline in small tubes
  • Hair clips, scrunchies, barrettes for little girls, lip gloss, sunglasses
  • Stickers
  • Small stuffed animals
  • Small or mini containers of Play Dough (these were reported to be on sale at a dollar store for $1 for a 4 pack of small cans)
  • Coloring books, small packages of crayons (we don’t need the 64 color pack, but the smaller ones like the 8 or 10 pack is perfect), color pencils, fun pencil sharpeners
  • Face paints and finger paints
  • Small toy cars, robots, animals, etc
  • Vitamins (please check to make sure they don’t have gelatin in them)

These items can be sent to our office in Seattle and we will get them to Jordan. Call us with any questions about what to donate, and remember, we can always take cash donations over the website and we will buy the items we need.

Thank you!

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