This is a season for action.
This is a time to show appreciation and gratitude to our families and dear ones. It is a time where we are reminded of what is important to us and a time for giving and making new memories.
During these times, there are families, both inside Ireland and throughout the world, who find this season one of hardship and difficulty. Globally, 1 in every 122 are now either a refugee, internally displaced, or seeking asylum, meaning a vast portion of the world will approach Christmas with trepidation for their future. There are many hundreds of families in Ireland who are also experiencing homelessness.
We would ask you to remember such people, faced with uncertain futures.
This month, we are focusing on four very worthwhile winter projects: our Syria Refugees Appeal, our Emergency Relief effort for the Rohingya people, the Cholera Epidemic in Yemen, and our Irish Homelessness Partnership. Please support one of these projects however you can.
2017 was the sixth year of the Syria conflict. This grinding violence has caused the greatest refugee crisis in our time. Half the population has fled their homes to become Internally Displaced People (IDPs).Four and a half million people live in besieged areas. The living conditions for most Syrians are appalling: access to food is scarce, clean water is in short supply, medical care for the sick is almost non-existent. Civilians also face such traumas as gender-based violence, recruitment of children as ‘soldiers’, as well as being exposed to sexual, physical and economic exploitation.
We continue our life-saving work in Syria, Turkey, and Lebanon supplying tonnes of food-aid, shelter, warm clothing and healthcare facilities as well as assisting schools that provide education to refugee children.Donate a food pack: feed a whole family
The conflict in Yemen has led to the collapse of the public health system. There are millions of people in the country at risk from hunger as a result of having being displaced from their homes as they flee to safety.
There have been massive outbreaks of disease in particular cholera as people are forced to drink bacteria-laden water and use unsafe sanitary practices leading to human waste contamination.
The UN estimates that there have been as many as 800,000 cases of cholera, with as many as 2,000 fatalities. For people already weakened by hunger and not provided for by a functioning public health system, this will means thousands of preventable deaths - in particular among children.
Human Appeal's Yemen office have responded to this crisis. Firstly by distributing food to the neediest families, but also by assessing and addressing the needs of the healthcare system in Sana’a. Working to improve The Aljumihori public hospital in the city, HAI has provided additional medical equipment, upgrading to the Emergency and Rehabilitation Departments and installing a Solar PV generator system.
Our interventions in the hospital will assist up to 15,000 beneficiaries.Yemen Medical Fund
The Rohingya People
The Rohingya in Myanmar Burma face a terrifying humanitarian catastrophe
Villages are being burned and raised to the ground. Innocent children are being taken from their families, their fathers killed and their mothers assaulted.
An escalation in violence has resulted in more than 600,000 people of the Rohingya minority are being forced to flee their homes. They have nothing but the clothes on their backs they've had to leave everything behind.
We are working in both Myanmar and Bangladesh distributing food and shelter as well as essential non-food items to help these refugees survive having lost everything.Help Rohingya families today
We provided much-needed assistance to homeless people in Dublin this Christmas. Our Wrap Up Dublin campaign gave homeless people clean warm winter coats. We also supported the Muslim Sisters of Eire Friday Feed at the GPO giving warm nourishing meals to homeless people throughout the winter.
Support Human Appeal's Work Worldwide
We work in twenty countries around the world delivering aid in a crisis and helping to build lives for those suffering endemic poverty.Please support these by donating what you can today.Save Lives Today