Our summary of the aid project for people in Rojava/Syria

It is done! Many hard-working Karawanis swarmed out like bees this spring and donated to our current aid project in Syria, collecting, sorting, feeding, distributing, …

In plain language or figures this means:

  • With the €31,400 in donations, we were able to support important projects such as a street children project, a center for children with disabilities and a women’s empowerment project. We also bought urgently needed relief supplies locally and distributed them directly to the local people.
  • With €16,000, we financed a large photovoltaic system incl. Storage for a hospital in Qamishli.
  • In weeks of work, 10,740 kg of donations in kind were collected, sorted and loaded into the truck. After nerve-wracking bureaucratic efforts, we finally managed to get the truck across the Syrian border and our Karawanis were able to distribute the relief supplies on site.
  • Heini Staudinger has once again contributed 1,000 pairs of Waldviertler shoes, which have also reached their happy new owners.
  • Our two clowns held eleven clown shows for around 1,300 children.
  • Around 630 children were able to paint and draw to their heart’s content in eight mobile painting rooms.

But we also used the journey to and from Rojava to support our projects in neighboring countries:

Summary Lebanon:

  • Thanks to the support of our sponsors, we were able to hand over €17,700 for the rents of the two schools in Beirut and the teachers’ salaries.
  • We were able to hand over 71 letters from children in Rust to the children in Lebanon and received 110 letters in return, which we are bringing back to Austria.

Summary Iraq:

  • With twenty donated notebooks and a lot of know-how from two IT experts among our Karawanis, we were able to set up a computer lab for an empowerment project in Iraq.

So much hope in such a short time! Many thanks to all those who, as part of the Caravan of Humanity, have helped to make our aid project a success – be it through donations, assistance, good advice, spreading the word and sharing our postings, etc. Each and every one of you helps us to help through your commitment and so we can work together as a human family and give hope.

Our Karawani Bruno has written an emotional summary of our time in Rojava on his homepage. You can read them here.

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