Two weeks ago, on the 3rd January, we finally filled up and waved goodbye to a 40ft container of aid, now on its way to Syria. This was Derbyshire Refugee Solidarity's 4th container, and Muslims in Needs' 68th! It was a wonderful evening, with people coming from all over Derbyshire to help loads bags of clothes, blankets, duvets and over 2000 children's winter clothing packs (with around 500-1000 packs having been sent on a previous container). That's a serious amount of aid aimed at keeping people warm over the next few cold winter months. Here are just some of the pics from the night:
DRS would like to say a massive massive THANK YOU to everyone who was involved in making this happen. Particularly, we'd like to thank LE Solidarity and Friends of Refugees Bedfordshire who helped us fund the container and provided absolutely loads of children's winter clothing packs. And of course, the incredible Muslims in Need, without whom none of this would be possible. They work tirelessly to help people living in war torn places and refugee camps, and send regular containers from the UK to Syria.
The container should take roughly 4 weeks to reach Syria where Muslims in Need work with 2 ground organisations - Hope Foundation and One Solid Ummah. The donations will be distributed in various locations including Idleb City, rural Latakia, rural Aleppo and Atmeh refugee camps. Distribution is often done via a free charity shop, where families have their needs assessed, and then get given vouchers which they can spend in the free charity shop. Some donations may even make it to an orphan village run by Muslims in Need and OSU, where they have 60 homes, a school, a mosque a community centre and a clinic. We are really proud to work with these guys and so again, huge thanks to them and to all of you who have helped with donations, sorting and packing everything on to this container. It's been an incredible project.