“Water and food immediately, and then organizing recreational activities for children as well as planning their return to school and the arrival of winter”. It’s a long list that AVSI staff operating in Lebanon and Jordan mention when they are asked about the most pressing needs. The Syrian crisis doesn’t seem to reduce its devastating impact, deaths are increasing as well as the number of refugees. Official data are extremely scary: millions of people have fled their homes and at any moment the crisis could hit Lebanon and Jordan too.In this framework, AVSI has been working for several months in order to bring some relief to the displaced population on the run. “What is happening here seems to concern a few people, but we need help because the situation is getting worse day by day and the first ones to be affected are of course the most vulnerable such as children” Marco Perini from Beirut and Simon Sweiss from Amman state in unison.
The figures of what AVSI has done till now in Lebanon and Jordan are about 17,500 people supported through the provision of core relief items, 1,063 people provided with food and medical supplies, 600 students accompanied in their difficult school path through remedial classes; 1,250 children and youth helped through psychosocial support and lots of personalized activities to meet their specific needs.
This cry for help from Lebanon and Jordan spreads also through the smiling face of Loulou El Eid, a girl who fled to Lebanon and remained in her tent for six months because of a disability that prevents her from moving. A few days ago, AVSI staff gave her a wheelchair and she said “Now I can get out of my tent and see this Lebanon where I am welcomed and I can thank the Italian family who helped me”.
The economic crisis that has taken root in many countries is affecting AVSI’s activities too but, as we are confronted by many needs such as those of Syrian refugees fleeing the war, we cannot resign ourselves to impotence.
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