22Apr2024

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Category: Humanitarian Aid

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What a busy 12 months SCM has had!

SCM has had a busy 12 months helping resettled families from Syria with 23 families welcomed and helped by you, our amazing supporters. In February the devastating earthquake in Syria and Turkey took all our efforts for several months, as we continued to welcome more families to Lynnwood, Spokane and Federal Way. Again, our supporters stepped up and we had an amazing response to help the people get shelter and building supplies, medical supplies, solar panels and electrical systems, fans to combat the heat, food, and they were even able celebrate Eid!

Then, on September 9th, another major earthquake hit, this time in the mountainous region south of Marrakesh, devastating outlying villages and damaging historical monuments in Marrakesh. Oh, but mother nature was not done yet! Daniel, a Mediterranean storm, hit the eastern part of Libya, particularly the area around Derna. Due to years of neglect during the civil war there, two dams collapsed and the torrent swept away thousands of people in its path, wrecked buildings and flooded a wide swath of land. SCM is stretched too thin but we continue to try to put people and organizations together that can help Libya. We are helping to find mental health professionals that can help with PTSD, and will be launching a campaign to buy drones that can find land mines – mines from the civil war that had been previously mapped but are now scattered all over the landscape. This will help keep recovery personnel safe as they work on clearing away debris and cleaning up. More details on our Libya efforts coming soon.

Your support means more now than ever. From helping families begin their new lives in the United States to getting essential supplies to survivors of natural disasters, and supporting our free clinic in Saida, Lebanon, we can’t thank you enough. Please donate today to help us continue our mission of providing humanitarian and medical aid to those in need.

Thank you!

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Morocco Update

Morocco Earthquake Death Toll Now Up to 2900+

We have been receiving photos of the devastation in the villages hit hard by the earthquake, and they show that there will be a long road to recovery and rebuilding. We have also recieved a couple of stories of what happened in the moments of the quake. One is a story of a woman who was giving birth just as the earthquake struck. A baby girl came into this world just as it must have seemed to be falling apart all around her. We received a video of her being pulled from the debris, a clump of afterbirth and the umbilicle cord still attached, caked in dirt. She is alive, but unfortunately the mother did not survive, as far as we know.

There is another story about a very small village that was completely destroyed but had very few casualties. A woman in the village was having a dinner for the entire village in a big tent she had set up. When the earthquake hit, everyone was at the dinner in the tent and not in their homes. They ran out of the tent to see their homes destroyed, but their lives were saved by the charity of the woman hosting the dinner for the village.

In the photos included here, you can see the level of destruction caused by the earthquake. SCM has partnered with a local NGO to help get supplies to these villages that have lost so much. Please donate today.

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Earthquake Relief for Morocco

Urgent Help Needed for the People of Morocco

Yesterday, a powerful 6.8 magnitude earthquake struck Morocco, just south of Marrakesh in the High Atlas Mountains. This earthquake was devastating, with more than 2,000 people killed according to the latest reports. The number is expected to go higher as villages in the worst-affected areas are reached and rescue efforts begin. Many of the Berber villages in this mountainous region have been cut off, so news is slow to get out. But early reports and photos and videos getting out are showing widespread destruction. Villages have been ruined, homes and other buildings are piles of rubble.

SCM is working with an NGO partner in Morocco to get aid directly to the villages for relief and rescue efforts, and to begin rebuilding. We are raising funds to send to to them, which is the fastest way to get the help to the people of Morocco. Money will be used to buy medical supplies, food and water, temporary shelters and more. 

Please join us in supporting the people of Morocco who have been affected by this devastating quake. 

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Join Our Clinic Fundraiser

Help Keep the Clinic Open

SCM's free clinic in Lebanon is open and helping people in the community right now. Help us keep it open and serving refugees and disadvantaged Lebanese people in the area of Saida. The clinic is important to community development and the wellbeing of the residents. Your support will help so many people!

Download and share the flyer or scan to donate. 

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Helping Vulnerable Refugee Minorities

LGBTQI people are an extremely vulnerable refugee minority. They face inequality; violence, torture, rape and execution—because of who they are; how they look and who they love.

What other refugee group faces honor killings by their own families?

What other refugee group is harassed, beaten, raped and sometimes murdered by their own fellow inmates and countrymen in a refugee camp?

The trauma refugees experience before, during and after fleeing their home countries is hard to comprehend for those of us who have always lived in relative safety.

In about 70 countries same-sex relations are criminalized. LGBTQI people are imprisoned. Many do not arrest or prosecute the murderers of LGBTQI people…..especially if the murders are carried out by family members protecting the “honor” of the family. They often turn a blind eye to religious extremists and militias who hunt and murder in the name of “God.” In six countries it is punishable by death. Sometimes public executions happen.

I am eternally grateful to SCM Medical Missions and Rita Zawaideh for partnering with me in helping so many! Since 2010 I have learned a lot from Rita and her vast network of international contacts. We have worked closely together in helping many refugees find places to hide when their lives have been threatened as well as getting them survival money, advice, and emotional support while in active migration. We work closely together to help these people through the ups and downs of the many years it takes to resettle them in a more welcoming country. Once resettled, we help and guide them to build happy and successful new lives.

We prioritize helping LGBTQI, Female Gender and Human Rights Activists and their families who are actively being hunted by repressive regimes. We are helping many who are currently in hiding, in active migration or have been resettled. Many would not have survived without the hard and smart work of Rita and SCM. We hope once they are resettled, they will inspire the generation left behind and help the newest arrivals.

During the time I have been working closely with SCM, I have witnessed them getting medical and basic living and survival supplies and professionals to people living through the devastation of war, poverty, and natural disasters in many countries. SCM got medical and living supplies to people living near the front lines during the Syrian civil war and had people working in the refugee camps in Jordan and Greece. They ran an orphanage in a cave. Recently, they opened a medical/ dental clinic in Lebanon. They have been sending supplies to help to victims of the February 2023 Earthquake in Syria and Turkey.
Meanwhile, back in Seattle; SCM has been helping hundreds of refugees mostly from Syria and Afghanistan begin their new lives.

To the refugee community I helped resettle to Seattle… Rita is “Mom.” She has the biggest heart of anyone I know!

Thank you SCM and Rita!

Dr. Michael Failla
Seattle

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Saida Free Clinic Update

We recently received this report from our Labanon manager about a new program at our clinic in Lebanon. The clinic serves disadvantaged people in the Saida commuity, just south of Beirut. All of Lebanon has been hard-hit by economic collapse and the Lebanese people, as well as Syrian refugees in the area, are able to get the care they need but otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford. This is what your donations to our clinic program are providing to the community in Saida.


SCM Medical Missions Weekly Family Event at Our Clinic in Saida, Lebanon:
Fostering Health and Unity in the Community

SCM Medical Missions, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing comprehensive healthcare services, is proud to introduce our newest program at our clinic in Saida, Lebanon – a weekly event that brings together 50 families and their children. With two fully equipped dental rooms, a trauma center, and a periotic office, the SCM Medical Clinic is well-prepared to serve the diverse healthcare needs of the community. This article explores the significance of the weekly family event and the positive impact it has on promoting health and unity within the community.

Uniting Families, Nurturing Health: SCM’s weekly family event at the Free Clinic has become a highlight for families in the community. Held every Thursday, it offers an opportunity for families to come together in a supportive and engaging environment. By encouraging attendance and active participation, the clinic fosters a sense of unity among families, nurturing a community that supports and uplifts one another.
Comprehensive Dental Care: As part of the weekly family event, SCM’s clinic provides families access to its two fully equipped dental rooms. Recognizing the importance of oral health, the clinic offers comprehensive dental check-ups, treatments, and preventive care for both children and adults. Through these services, families receive the necessary dental care to maintain healthy smiles and prevent potential dental issues.

Immediate Care in Times of Crisis: The presence of a trauma center within SCM’s Medical Clinic ensures that families attending the weekly event have access to immediate medical care in case of emergencies. Accidents and unforeseen situations can happen at any time, and having a trauma center on-site provides families with peace of mind. The clinic’s skilled medical professionals are trained to respond promptly and effectively, ensuring the well-being of all attendees.

Proactive Health Maintenance: The SCM Medical Clinic’s office plays a vital role in the weekly family event by offering ongoing health maintenance services. Families can take advantage of routine check-ups, consultations, and health education sessions, empowering them to proactively manage their overall well-being. By prioritizing preventive care and health education, the clinic encourages families to make informed decisions about their health and adopt healthy lifestyles.

Creating Lasting Memories: Beyond healthcare services, the weekly family event at SCM Medical Clinic is designed to create lasting memories for families. Engaging activities such as interactive games, arts and crafts, and storytelling sessions are organized to foster bonding and strengthen family relationships. These shared experiences contribute to the overall well-being and happiness of families, creating a positive and nurturing environment.

Conclusion: SCM Medical Clinic’s weekly family event serves as a powerful platform for promoting health and unity within the community. With its comprehensive dental services, trauma center, and general medicine office, the clinic caters to the diverse healthcare needs of families. By bringing families together, nurturing health, and creating a sense of community, SCM’s Medical Clinic continues to make a significant impact in the lives of those it serves. The weekly family event is a testament to the clinic’s commitment to providing comprehensive care and fostering a strong, supportive community.


SCM thanks everyone who has donated to this clinic. We are gathering supplies for Lebanon that will be shipped by container at the end of this month and we need your help to fill it. Please see our clinic supplies list on Amazon to help us get what we need. You can also send donations to our warehouse in Marysville where we are storing everything until it gets loaded on the container: SCM Medical Missions c/o CostLess Furniture, 9620 State Ave Suite A, Marysville, WA 98270.