This morning we started the fifth medical clinic week in Syria with CAPR using the services of doctors from the Palestinian Red Crescent.
Previous mobile clinics were held at Yarmouk camp but today's clinic was at Khan el Sheikh another refugee camp in the Damascus area under siege by the government.
1800 families still live here at this camp which had come under heavy bombardment last year . The rebel forces have left 4 months ago but the area is still under siege and the people have not had access to medical services for a long time.
We served 202 patients today and have permission to continue for another 4 days.
Meeting today with brother Khaled Samra who came fr Damascus with updates on our work in Syria.
He is with AlKhayriiah, the Charitable Association for Palestinian Relief, who organises our weeklong mobile clinics with doctors from the Palestinian Red Crescent.
In 2016 Viva Palestina Malaysia held 4 mobile clinics serving a total of 5,200 patients, who are residents of Yarmouk and surrounding areas. We also ran 4 projects providing milk to 3,000 babies at Yarmouk and Aleppo.
The video is from one of our clinics held at Yarmouk camp. This is a translation of the interviews:
Doc: this is a good campaign to help the needy families and decrease their suffering.
Medical staff 1: We are proud to help the needy people by providing for them medical treatment and medicines.
Medical staff 2: We have specialized clinics (heart, eyes, women) and we are looking for cover all medical treatments.
Medical staff 3: This is the first time we entered these places and cover what people need from medical treatments and medicines.
Woman 1: Today a lot of medicines were provided for people, we need cans of milk for babies also.
Project No: (09/2017) Project Name: Providing Partial Scholarships for Palestinian students. Funded by: Viva Palestina Malaysia. Targeted Group: 100 of needy Palestinian students. Targeted Area: Gaza Strip.
In cooperation with 4 of Palestinian universities. Implemented by: Educational Forum Society.
Project Summary: This project amid to provide 100 partial scholarships for Palestinian scholarship who study at Palestinian universities in Gaza Strip and cannot register for their studying semester because they did not able to pay for university fee, because they live in bad economic situation.
So VPM tried to solve a part of their problem by providing USD (150) for students’ university accounts as a scholarship, in order to help them to register and participate for their courses in 2016/2017 second semester.
Viva Palestina Malaysia working with our partner in Syria , the Charitable association for Palestinian Relief has supplied much needed hygiene kits, toiletries and diapers for the displaced children and people from Aleppo, alhamdulillah.
1- Jibreen area 300 hygiene kits + 400 bag of diapers 2- Neirab camp 300 hygiene kits + 335 bags of diapers.
Viva Palestina Malaysia's project to provide formula milk to babies and toddlers living in camps in Syria continues.
We have delivered 150 cans of milk to Qudsaya a village area 8 km away from Damascus with 4000 Palestinian families , all of them originally from Yarmouk. Our partner ,the Charitable Association for Palestinian Relief , runs a service center there. Qudsaya was under heavy bombardment which destroyed the hospital and public facilities, and the siege had cut off food and medical supplies.
The weather in that area is very cold , at -3 degrees Celsius during the night.
We also received more photos of our milk project in Khan Elshayh and Neirab camps.
Bless the children of Syria. Viva Palestina Malaysia distributed 900 cans of formula milk to babies and toddlers at AlNeirab camp ,east of Aleppo. Aleppo was one of the biggest industrial cities in Syria and in one of the photos you can see an aerial view of the warehouses that are now filled with refugees.
Our partner in Syria is the Charitable Association for Palestinian Relief - alkhayriah.
Syria update Part 2
Khan Al Shieh camp , west Damascus was under heavy bombardment of missiles and barrel bombs killing civilians including babies. The road to the camp was called Death Road due to the number of people killed on the road as they tried to leave the camp. Alhamdulillah Viva Palestina Malaysia received permission to enter and deliver 500 cans of milk to the residents. They have requested a medical week like we have done in Yarmouk , as they have had no access to doctors or medical facilities for a long time.
At Yarmouk camp ,with our partners the Charitable Association for Palestinian Relief and the Palestine Red Crescent we have held 4 medical clinic weeks which has helped a total of 5358 patients .
Thanks to the generous donation of ticket sales of Samah Sabawi's award winning play Tales of A City by the Sea, we are able to expand Viva Palestina Malaysia's Winter Relief program - today we visited the home of the AlShowbaki family in Khanyounis to distribute heaters and blankets and assess what improvements can be done to their home . Elsewhere in Gaza we have distributed blankets ,warm clothes , food and heaters while repairing homes to protect them from the wintry chill.