22May2022

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Severe Winter Weather in Middle East

Photo is from UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

Yes, snow does fall in the Middle East, but as you can imagine, it has a terrible impact on the refugees in the region still living in tents and other temporary shelters. Heavy snow can crush tents and ruin a family’s possessions, and leave them without shelter in the frigid and wet conditions. This is particularly true of northwest Syria, where snow and heavy rains have caused flooding and damaged roads, water supplies, and shelters across the region.

SCM has a partner in Turkey that can get supplies to northwest Syria and we need your help to get these supplies – blankets, food, medicines, heating oil, etc. We also need to help those affected in Lebanon and Jordan. While snow is not uncommon in the mountainous regions of Lebanon, snow at the coast in towns like Byblos is very rare and disruptive, and they did receive snow there yesterday. Many people in the region are being affected by the cold, snow and rain. Please help us to help them!

You can read more about the situation in northwestern Syria in this article here: Severe winter weather hits north-west Syria – Flash Update #3 (as of 25 January 2022) – Syrian Arab Republic | ReliefWeb

More articles here:

https://news.yahoo.com/rare-mideast-snow-brings-jerusalem-113308619.html?fr=sycsrp_catchall

https://www.euronews.com/2022/01/28/snow-in-lebanon-as-cold-front-intensifies

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Update on Ernesto’s Fundraiser

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.

You can read more about the sanctuary and our fundraiser here: https://www.scmmedicalmissions.org/support-cat-rescue-near-aleppo/

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Support Cat Rescue Near Aleppo

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.

Mama cat rescued and brought to Ernesto’s with her two babies. They will be safe, fed, vaccinated, and live in the sanctuary without fear of other animals, cars, bombs, or cruelty.

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.

Must be close to meal time at Ernesto’s Restaurant for 1000 Cats – the cats know when it’s time for feeding and gather in the courtyard.

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.

Read more about Ernesto’s on their website: House of Cats Ernesto – The official website (ernestosanctuary.org).

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Rain and more rain…

Even more rainy weather is coming to the area of Idlib where the Darkush Camp is located and where these photos and video were taken. This is near the border with Turkey in northern Syria.

Over the last several days over 2900 tents in just this one camp have been destroyed by flooding and all their belongings have been lost. The families have moved in with other families whose tents were not destroyed so now instead of 4 or 5 to a tent, there are 10 or more. Women are working hard trying to keep their families warm and fed. The road conditions are so bad that some of the NGOs are not able to get into the area.

Here we are in Seattle, the rain is coming now, but we still have our shelter and warm houses to go to and food on our tables. The refugees have been living in these camps for the last 8 years or more. They have been waiting to get their papers to get asylum and come to the US or Europe, but because of the pandemic that has been on hold for the last year as borders are closed because of the pandemic. Right now, they have no hope.


Read more about it here: https://news.yahoo.com/thousands-left-homeless-storms-floods-162914370.html

Miserable conditions even for those whose tents did not get destroyed.

This war in SYRIA HAS BEEN GOING ON FOR 11 YERS AND MILLIONS OF PEOPLE ARE STILL DISPLACED. It is a double tragedy that these people do not have proper shelter from the elements. A lot of people think if you are in the Middle East that you always have sun and sand, but that is not true, just look at the pictures that we received from one of the refugees.

Please help us help them, donate today. Our goal is $10,000 for flood relief.

Click on this photo for more information about the flooding.
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June Update from Rita

I don’t think any of us thought that we would still be in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic with July 4th right around the corner. When it started, when we first heard of it back in February and people were beginning to ask questions about how serious it would be, everyone thought it would only be a couple of months before we could get back to normal. But it keeps going on and it is getting worse and the virus is spreading into more areas of the refugee communities. And now citizens from the US being banned from travelling to Europe, and states are banning people from other states from coming to visit. The world is changing daily.

SCM is trying to keep up with the demands of the refugee communities that we support, but it is getting harder and harder on a daily basis. We have applied for funding and grants, but we have only gotten one so far from 4 Cultures, but still have not received the funds for 5K. We are relying completely on your support to keep going.

So far this month with your help we have been able to accomplish the following:

  • Load a 40 ft shipping container and send it off to Jordan. It was completely packed full of supplies for the refugees there and it will take about 45 to 60 days to arrive at our warehouse in Madaba. Thanks also to the help of Jordan Hashemite Charities, the container will be allowed into Jordan at the Aqaba port when it arrives. We have been working with the Jordan Hashemite Charities for many years now and they know us and the work we do to help the refugees there.
  • We joined forces with Dunya Productions here is Seattle to “host” a virtual play called “Stories from Palestinian”. We were able to raise $5,000 which was then wired into GAZA for medical and humanitarian assistance. We also have an ongoing food drive for Dunya to help feed Palestinian families in need.
  • Through our many contacts we were able to get $4,000 into Aleppo for food assistance and then another $4,000 to the people in Idlib for food and medical assistance.
  • For our two young men that are stuck in Serbia waiting for their paperwork to come through for Canada we were able to get them $2,000 for living expenses
  • We helped two young refugee men here in Seattle that arrived less than a year ago to get driver licenses.
    A car was donated to SCM and given to a Syrian family here to help them with their transportation needs for work, shopping, doctors appointments, etc. They no longer need to rely on public transportation or ask others for a ride somewhere.
  • We worked with a number of people to get food supplies to the needy families from farmers in eastern Washington. We got potatoes, onions and apples and these were given out to the Syrian, Afghani and Iraqi families in the Puget Sound area. I believe we had over 2500 pounds. We also got watermelons from JD Market and those were distributed to different families.
  • We have helped one Syrian family that wants to grow their own vegetable garden. We were able to purchase $570 worth of veggie and herb plants for them to grown on a piece of land near a Mosque on the east side.

We want to thank all our supporters for helping make this a great month that we were able to help all these people. A total of $33,564.90 was spent by SCM for these projects including rent and utility assistance to the refugees here.

Thank you!

~Rita

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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