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SCM Update for May 2020

SCM is committed to serving communities of color around the US. Be they Syrian, Iraqi, Afghani, or black, we believe that all people have the right to freedom and dignity, and we are doing our part to drive this change. With your help we have been doing pretty well as we work with Syrian refugees with tools and opportunities to build brighter futures, we seek the same for other marginalized communities. Thank you for all your help in getting this done, without you we would not be able to do anything.

Here is what we did in May with your help:

  • Provide $20,450 in rent assistance for resettled refugees in Washington state
  • Provide $3200 in utility bill assistance for resettled refugees in Washington state
  • Paid $1200 in air ticket loans for some of the refugee families (they must sign a promissory note for the airline tickets in order to travel to the US from wherever they were awaiting their asylum approval)
  • Sent $4000 to LGBTQ refugees in Serbia to help cover shelter, food, asylum application expenses
  • $3000 has been sent to Samos in Greece to help the refugees there with food, hygiene supplies and pest control
  • $2500 was sent Turkey for LGBTQ refugees living expenses
  • $20,000 in food aid during the month of Ramadan to refugees in Jordan
  • $10,000 to help with medicine and food inside Syria
  • We also did a clothing drive and collected 10,000 pounds of clothing that Goodwill pays us $.20 per pound. This money was turned into rental assistance.
  • We contacted farmers in eastern Washington, and they donated potatoes, onions, and apples to SCM. Over a two-day period, we were able to collect 1500 pounds for the Iraqi, Syrian, and Afghani refugees.

We want to thank you all for your generosity and assistance in May to help the refugees get by. This financial crisis for the refugees is not something that will be ending soon so we need to keep up our pace to continue helping them. With your assistance we will be able to do that.

We are getting more and more calls for help – one person gives our name to another person and that person passes it on to another person. We do check the validity of the requests, and the money is never given directly to the refugees but it is paid directly to the utility companies or to the landlords. We are also in contact with other organizations to make sure we are not double paying for anyone who might be getting some other kind of assistance that they also requested from us.

Looking forward, we are planning to send a container by the end of this month to Jordan. It will be filled with humanitarian goods and clothing we have been collecting since the beginning of this year. We have not been able to send it sooner because of the virus, so we will let everyone know when the container will be loaded and then we hope everyone will be able to come and help us load – wearing their mask and gloves and do the social distancing, of course!

So, thank you again everyone! We appreciate all your help and generosity. Stay healthy, wash your hands, wear a mask, and let’s keep on going and let’s make this a better world!

Thank you!

~Rita

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Food Distribution May 2, 2020

Thanks to our donors we were able to distribute another 200 food parcels containing rice, pasta, sugar, salt, beans, tomato paste, cooking oil, canned meat, and more to families in need in Madaba, Jordan – both refugee families and local Jordanian families in need.

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Food Distribution in Kerak

Our team received large donation to buy food for another 100 families! Food was ordered in bulk and delivered to our warehouse in Madaba for sorting and putting into parcels to easily hand out to the families receiving the food aid. The governor of the Kerak district came and picked up the food and helped us distribute it to the needy families in his region. We thank him for his support and work to identify the families in need, and we thank our donors for making this second distribution to hungry families in Jordan possible.

Enjoy our video and photo diary of the distribution:

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Food Distribution April 13, 2020

Thanks to your donations SCM was able to feed 100 families in Jordan. We purchased food in bulk and had it delivered to our warehouse in Madaba to be put into parcels containing tomato sauce, cheese, lentils, cooking oil, butter, milk powder, sugar, two chickens, cans of tuna and sardines, jam, macaroni, tea, pasta, dried beans and more. Please keep donating so we can feed more refugee families in Jordan and in Washington state. Enjoy this video and slide show of the team getting the food ready to distribute and then distribution.

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Food Aid for Refugees in Jordan

 

This is what we have done on previous food distributions.


“The war in Syria enters its tenth year on Sunday, and there is still no real end in sight. The United Nations says more than 11 million Syrians are in urgent need of aid.” – Al Jazeera


For the last several years, SCM has been doing weekly distributions of needed supplies at the smaller camps around Jordan, but this week we have been told we must stop because of the coronavirus outbreak. Our next container of donated supplies is on hold for now and will remain in our storage until things open back up in Seattle.

Many of our avenues to help the refugees right now are closed to us, except one: we can buy food and water for them. Just like our Ramadan Food Drive, we are planning to send money to our office in Jordan where they will buy the food and make parcels and deliver them to the smaller camps around Jordan. We will also provide water and sanitizing supplies.

The larger camps like Zaatari and Azrak are being managed by the UN and larger NGOs, but the smaller camps of 50 – 100 people are not being served at all except by the smaller NGOs like SCM Medical Missions. The conditions in these camps are poor, with families living crowded together in tents and portables, and with the cold weather they stay cramped together for most of the day. We have a team of volunteers that will take the food and water to the camp and distribute to each tent rather than have everyone crowd together to get supplies.
Donate Jordan Food AidJordan is a poor country to start with and the coronavirus pandemic is taking a major toll on the country. This means the refugee population is particularly hard hit. We need to make sure they have food, water, and sanitizers to help them make it through until things calm down.

Your help is desperately needed, so please, if you can make a donation of any amount, we will wire this money weekly to Jordan and get our partners there to turn around and buy the groceries that are needed. We’ve already made arrangements through local grocers to buy the food or provide a voucher to families to obtain the food themselves at the grocery store.

For 9 years the people of Syria have been living a nightmare, and as the war enters its 10th year, the situation is as dire as ever. Please donate if you can to help us feed the refugees in need in Jordan.


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SCM Helping to Protect Children from Flu and Coronavirus

Last week SCM, in cooperation with a Jordanian company called S.H.I.E.L.D., held an event at the Jordan Children’s Museum in Amman. S.H.I.E.L.D. sanitized the whole museum, which is around 9000 square meters, using their new preventive sanitation technologies to help protect visitors from flu and other viruses such as the coronavirus.

After the sanitizing was complete, 56 orphan children aging from 4 to 12 years old were hosted to educate them about the coronavirus, its symptoms, how to protect themselves and how to properly clean and sanitize their hands. They also got to see how clean their hands were using UV light.

They then spent some time in the museum and enjoyed educational and entertaining interactive games. SCM distributed some teddy bears and stuffed animals to all the kids, and then we provided lunch after the event.

Thank you to S.H.I.E.L.D for partnering with SCM on this project and we look forward to doing similar events in the future to teach the children proper hygiene, especially in this time of heightened awareness of the coronavirus and the cold and flu season in general.

If you would like to support this campaign to educate children, especially the refugee children and orphan children living in crowded conditions where illness can spread quickly, please donate. We will be cooperating with S.H.I.E.L.D. again on future events around Jordan to help keep the children healthy.

Children’s Hygiene Campaign