[The United Church of Christ and Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) are supporting humanitarian relief for Syrian refugees and internally displaced, victims of the ongoing crisis. The Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch and All the East is one of our partners engaged in this effort, and its Department of Ecumenical Relations and Development (DERD) has provided this report. Click here to learn about the ways we are responding, and to contribute to, our humanitarian response to the Syrian crisis.]
The humanitarian situation within Syria continues to deteriorate as the violence spreads and displacement continues. According to SARC estimates, some 2.5 – 3 million people are in need of support, of which children represent a substantial proportion. By the end of September, the Syrian Government officially reported that the number of displaced persons was then more than 3 million. In response to meet the increasing needs at different levels DERD continues its historic and strategic partnership with International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC). Through this tight partnership and direct assistance and support of IOCC, DERD has been able to assist thousands of displaced Syrians, as well as those affected by the crisis.
DERD participates in the Syria Response Plan-Shelter / NFI working group meetings. Participating agencies in the working group include UNHCR, IFRC, IOM, OCHA, PU, SARC, UNDP, Syrian Trust, UNICEF, DRC, PU, UNRWA, and WFP. The Shelter / NFI working group meets bi-weekly in order to update members on distribution activities. The group is discussing ways of providing winterization items. Organizations will provide thicker blankets and clothing in their winterization kits.
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