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.
4th medical week for the besieged residents of Yarmouk camp in Syria- photos from the first day.
Alhamdulillah despite the sensitive situation due to ongoing negotiations between the Assad government and the opposition fighters within the camp, Viva Palestina Malaysia working together with the Charitable Assoc for Palestinian Relief (CAPR) and the Palestinian Red Crescent received permission to hold a weeklong clinic enabling the Yarmouk residents to receive medical treatment , medicines and the children receive milk supplies.An update from CAPR re our project in Aleppo-
"For VPM fund we are going to buy Formula milk due to the big number of kids under 2 years . the situation is very bad with snowing weather over there ."
This project was implemented by Asslamah society in Gaza Strip.
Below is a short video showing some of project's activities.
Viva Palestina Malaysia is helping the people in Syria through working with the Charitable Association for Palestinian Relief, our partner NGO in Aleppo and Yarmouk- please donate to our fund for Syria at www.vpm.org.my.
Here is their report received last night :
There are two Palestinian camps near Aleppo:
1) Neirab Camp:
Its area is 3 km square. This Camp shelters 28,000 people , majority are Palestinian . To be more precise, 23,000 residents are Palestinian, 20,000 had settled there from the beginning while the other 3,000 are displaced from the other camp (Handarat Camp). More over, 5,000 are Syrians displaced from Aleppo.
2) Handarat Camp:
It is a small Camp in Aleppo. It used to shelter 6'000 Palestinians but not anymore, the Camp has been demolished. Some of its residents moved to settle in Neirab Camp.
There are two centers for those who trying to escape the ongoing war situation in east Aleppo, they are located near Neirab Camp. Both centers are unprepared for refugees (old warehouses.)
- Firstly Jibreen district, it contains 6'000 individuals most of them are children and women.
- Secondly Duwayrinah district, it contains 24'000 individuals. The number is not stable, it goes up and down. People are trying to flee from east Aleppo to this area.
Due to this huge number, we will be focusing on specific needs and we will not be able to cover all their needs. Our priority will go to:
1- Formula milk: especially for infants and children below two years old which expected to be 3000 children
2- Food: especially canned food and pre-cooked meal because refugees do not have any facility to cook or prepare a meal.
The prices in Aleppo is way more expensive than Damascus.
Update on Viva Palestina Malaysia's micro financing projects in the West Bank and Gaza:
1. West Bank ( Hebron)
Under the Islamic Charitable Society Hebron, 4 projects were selected - hair and beauty salon, party and event planner, clothing and houseware shop, and a photography studio in old Hebron.
The first three were successful and loans repaid in full totalling USD6,500. However the photography studio failed due to loss of audio equipment as a result of " spiteful settlers" activities as the area is under Israeli occupation.
New group of beneficiaries from the project of *Empowering Poor Palestinian Families* thorough providing micro loans to enable them start or develop their micro projects, in order to increase their incomes"
1. Mr. Fasel Al Juab - Small Shop for selling electrical tools - (USD 2500) - Rafah.
2. Mr. Ali Al Zaygh - Small grocery for selling food. - (USD 2500)- Gaza.
3. Mr. Mohammed Barakah - Samll grocery for selling fruits and vegetables - (USD 2500) - Khanunness.
4. Ms. Heba Al Attar - Educational Center - (USD 2500) - Khanunness.