During the winter of 2017, we appealed to our supporters to help many internally displaced families in Syria to survive the freezing conditions they were facing. Our partners in Lebanon (Triumphant Mercy) crossed the border, providing food and fuel to 150 families in the eastern suburbs of Damascus.
Since this time, they have continued to work with these communities, responding to the humanitarian, educational and health needs as best they can. For the last few years, Syria has been closed to most outsiders. Only Lebanese nationals have had free access, and crossing the border takes no more than 15 minutes.
The early distributions in 2017 were coupled with home visits, listening to people who felt they had lost hope. Many people expressed that they felt abandoned by the world, and at this point our partners began supporting children here to access education. Over 70 children were sponsored to go to school including transportation, books and materials.
The area where we are focussing our support is Jaramana, south of Damascus. The city is an hour from the recently attacked town of Douma and less than a mile from the battleground of Ghouta. The intensity of the violence here has made it temporarily impossible for our partners to access the area, but they have a team of Syrians, working there on their behalf, until they can return.
Through exploring the needs of communities here, it was found that many children are without parental care, living and sleeping on the streets. There was also an identified rise in drug addictions, domestic violence and crime.
Nuna Matar who leads the work of Triumphant Mercy says, “Though we are deeply concerned with this escalation of violence, we also know that we cannot just sit with hands folded, watching people suffering without any hope”.
Within Jaramana we are currently supporting work to build relationships and support networks, including youth groups and women’s forums. To help people here more effectively, Triumphant Mercy have started the process of officially registering as an NGO within Syria. They are currently looking for suitable rented space to open their first community centre, which can be used as a safe place for women and a shelter for children to have daily meals and activities.
The hope for this centre is that, in time, it will be able to welcome and support every part of the community.
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We're looking for 10 individuals who love a challenge, to join our Children on the Edge Tough Mudder team. The team will need to take on the infamous Tough Mudder Half on the 22nd September 2018, at Holmbush Farm and help fundraise for our work with vulnerable children around the world.
What is Tough Mudder?
The Tough Mudder Half is a 5-mile, mud covered course with 13 epic obstacles, designed to put your strength, stamina and mental grit to the test. The London South Tough Mudder offers a uniquely challenging experience, designed by engineers who trek the globe looking for creative and testing obstacles, meaning that no two Tough Mudder courses are the same.
Team work is key
You’ll also need teamwork and camaraderie to make it through the muddy challenge, so be sure to choose your Children on the Edge team mates wisely. It could be formed of friends, family or work colleagues; all we ask is you commit to fundraising a minimum of £250 each for the work we do.
Why take on Tough Mudder for Children on the Edge?
As part of the Children on the Edge Team you’ll be getting muddy to help support some of the world’s most vulnerable children. Children on the Edge exists to help marginalised and forgotten children, who are living on the edge of their societies. These are children without parental care, neglected or persecuted by their governments, ignored by international media and missed by large overseas agencies. We work to support these children in realising their rights and to restore the ingredients of a full childhood generating hope, life, colour and fun.
You won’t be alone in your fundraising because we’ll be supporting you every step of the way. We’ll also provide you with a fundraising pack full of ideas to maximise your sponsorship.
As an extra reward for your hard work on the day, the Children on the Edge Tough Mudder Team will receive lots of goodies including; a finishers T-shirt, a free lunch and for our top fundraisers we’ll be sharing some of our Mini-Mudder passes, for children to take part in their very own Mini-Mudder course.
If you think you have what it takes for this muddy challenge and can help restore hope, life, colour and fun to the children we support, then apply here.