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SCM Medical Missions

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3806 Whitman Ave N
Seattle WA 98103

info@scmmedicalmissions

+1 206-545-7307

Category: Syria

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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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Foldscopes for Refugee Communities

Portable, Easy, Educational, Life-Saving

What are Foldscopes and why do we want them? They are paper microscopes that can be easily used in the field and are great for children as they learn about science, and they can be used to analyze water supplies to determine if the water is drinkable.

“Foldscope is the ultra-affordable, paper microscope. Designed to be extremely portable, durable, and to give optical quality similar to conventional research microscopes (magnification of 140X and 2 micron resolution), Foldscope brings hands-on microscopy to new places!

As a company, Foldscope Instruments Inc’s mission is to produce low-cost scientific tools that globally expand access to science. We aim to break down the price barrier between people & the curiosity and excitement of scientific exploration.”

“Foldscopes were used to identify the microscopic eggs of agricultural pests in India, to catalog the biodiversity of soil arthropods in the Amazon, detect fake currency and medicine, follow toxic blooms, detect bacteria in water samples, map pollen diversity in a city landscape, among thousands of other things.”

We would like to get a supply of these handy tools to give to refugee communities in Jordan, Syria, and Greece. They will be so useful in protecting themselves against water contamination and, because they are so inexpensive and can be purchased in Classroom Kits, they are great for students to learn about the world around them. And they can be used in conjunction with a cell phone camera to record and share!

Orders of the Deluxe Classroom Kit for $70 (20 deluxe kits and supplies) can apply the discount code FALL2019 to receive a $10 discount if ordered before October 2.

Order here: https://www.foldscope.com/order and have them sent to us at our office and we will get them in to the next container going in a couple weeks, or send them in luggage for those going to Greece or Jordan.

Thank you!

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What We Carried

What We Carried: Fragments and Memories from Iraq and Syria

We will have copies of this book for sale, with proceeds going to SCM refugee programs. The price is $30 and includes mailing if you need us to send your copy to you. You can also pick up in our office in Seattle for the same price.

The book is a collection of photos and short explanations of the photos of what people carried with them when they left their homes in Iraq and Syria.

Contact our office to order: 206-545-7307

Here is a video telling the story of how this project came to be:

 

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8 Years On

SCM has been on a mission for 8 years now to make sure that Syria’s displaced children, their mothers, and other vulnerable populations  feel a strong sense of hope, relief, and stability through the incredible work and outreach of SCM and its volunteers. SCM Medical Missions grew from a small grassroots operation, organizing rapid response medical missions in Jordan and Greece, then we started working full time in Jordan to distribute goods to the displaced population of Syrians in camps. To fulfill that need, we have been sending out roughly 6 or more 40 ft containers per year.

Our distributions and volunteers in Jordan are run by our regional manager Basel Sawalha and Rebecca Malikian.  They are in charge of distribution and Rebecca’s young group of Jordanian and Palestinian students and professionals go out every week to different areas across Jordan to find the Syrian and the needy to distribute all the items that you so generously donate to us.

The container program costs about $5000 per container. But with your help so far we have been able to keep it going. We have a great driver that has given us a discounted rate on shipping, but once we get that we have the unloading and re-loading once it gets to the port of Aqaba and the workers need to be paid that help with this. It is very easy for each of you to help with this. You can make a monthly pledge of any amount towards the shipping. We can then concentrate on  filling the containers with all the items that are needed and getting the containers out and on their way to Jordan.

Together, with your help of a donation of $25, $50, $100 or more we can keep spreading the love and compassion we have for these people.

Thank you for all you are doing!

~Rita

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May 24th – Food Distribution

The funds donated so far to our Ramadan Food Drive are being put to use as soon as we get them. Money is wired to our office in Jordan so they can purchase the food and distribute it right away. These photos are from a distribution to about 80 Syrian refugee families in Luban. Thank you for your continued support, especially during Ramadan so we can help feed so many families.

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May 13th Distribution Photos

These photos are from a distribution to about 50 families in a village of  near Ajlun called Kuftanjeh.