#children4peace event a huge success.
by Lúgh ó Braonáin
Organisers of an inter-cultural family day, Human Appeal Ireland, marking four years since the start of the conflict in Syria declared the event to be a terrific success.
Well over a hundred children from throughout Dublin came together to express their solidarity with their Syrian counter-parts. They did so in an atmosphere of positivity and hope recognising that children of conflict need to be told that they have not been forgotten by the outside world
Human Appeal is one of the few Irish charities that continues to give assistance throughout Syria. It distributes food aid and direct material support to families on the ground as well as for the educational and medical needs of some of the millions of displaced Syrians.
To express this direct connection with the children of Syria, children attending the #children4peace event decorated a quilt which will be presented to the students of a school supported by Human Appeal. The quilt, decorated with hand-prints and messages of support, will be included in the next of the charity’s regular shipments of aid to Syria. Human Appeal hopes that this will demonstrate solidarity and give hope to the children who have suffered so terribly from the conflict.
A variety of fun events were organised for the children while adults had the opportunity to see the work of the charities aid projects. Staff and volunteers who have been to the troubled region were also on hand to explain the work they do there. The event was also attended by Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Councillor Deirdre Donnelly (Ind).
A spokesperson for the charity expressed the hope that the event will give hope to the children they work with:
‘When we meet the children there, we know that what they really need is just a normal childhood. They just want to be able to go to school and play with their friends safely. Before the war, most of these kids had normal lives – just like those of the Dublin children. They can still remember the homes and playgrounds they’ve left behind: anything we can do to tell them that they we care about them, that we’re trying to help them reminds them that there is hope for the future.’
With its UK partners, Human Appeal has now distributed over 14,000 tonnes of flour in Syria and is currently working in partnership with the World Food Programme to distribute €4m of food parcels inside Syria. Its non-political non-sectarian ethos enables it to distribute aid directly to beneficiaries throughout the country. It also operates in Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey providing relief to Syrian refugees in those countries.
Human Appeal Ireland recently shipped over €300,000 of direct medical aid to Syria which was given by individuals and donor-groups in Ireland including from the Irish Order of Malta. Since 2012 it has also sent 25 containers of clothes and other supplies and continues to collect suitable material in its various collection points throughout the country.
#children4peace: Give a hand to Syria
For Further Information, please contact:
Fiona Duffy, Human Appeal Media Spokesperson: (01)2910006