Today is World Refugee Day.
Did you know that the US has taken a total 21,000 Syrian refugees since the unrest in Syria to date?
In 2018 , this year we have only taken in 11 Syrian Refugees.
SCM’s main focus when we first started was working with the refugee crisis overseas in the countries surrounding Syria – Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Greece. Within the last two years we have turned some of our attention to the resettled refugees that are coming into Washington State. We have found that the NGOs are overwhelmed and having to deal with a lot. The three months of assistance that the government is giving to refugees is not enough to get them established in this new life. We have taken on the role of helping them. Some of the things we have helped them with are:
- Getting furniture into their new homes
- Education for the kids and the adults
- Helping them find jobs
- Helping them with resumes
- Finding families or churches or mosques that want to adopt a family and help them in this new life
- Finding a car
- Help them with rent or utilities if they are falling short
- Taking the families on educational outings like museum, zoo, aquarium etc
- Helping the kids with harassment in the schools
We are happy that the families, mostly the kids, have adjusted this year and that they all finished school and graduated from their grade levels. We had a couple that graduated from high school and are planning to go to college. We also had five mothers that went to community college and graduated in day care and catering services. They will be able to start work or start their own businesses. They will become members of this society and able to make their own ways.
SCM still has not forgotten our main goal in helping the families and individuals that are still living in camps outside of their homeland. Some are still trying to connect with the families that are already in the US or in Europe and others are just trying to survive for the sake of their children.
SCM is still collecting humanitarian goods and sending them in containers every couple of months into Jordan for distribution.
All of this is done with the support of all of you through monetary donations or goods. Everything is appreciated. Please do not stop giving, we are not sure when this tragedy will end and people will go back to their homes and start life again.
We are all a small portion of the bigger picture , but every bit helps and we at SCM thank you for all you support for all the refugees around the world.