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Relief For Syrian Refugees

From Large Warehouses to Syrian Refugee Camps

Thanks to the generosity of our donors, MELM was able to provide relief materials to Syrian Refugees in Lebanon. MELM bought the food supplies from large warehouses because they are much cheaper in price as they sell wholesale.

In this way money was saved and more portions were available to the refugees who escaped the war devastated Syria into the Bekaa valley of Lebanon, which is located 20 minutes away from the Syrian borders.

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MELM volunteers help divide food supplies in equal rations

Volunteers helped us categorize the materials and classify them in groups. The wholesale materials were divided in equal rations and gathered in one package. A scale was used to weigh the quantities so that each family receives the same portion. Each family received 3 kg of rice, 3 kg of wheat groats (bergol), 2 kg of sugar, 2 liters of oil, tomato sauce, 4 potions of pasta, 2 portion of Tuna fish, 2 portions of sardine, 2 portions of cheese, meat cans, Halawa, Foul, beans and salt.

 

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The Refugee camps in Lebanon

Contrary to Jordan where the Za’atri camp had grown to 400,000 people since the start of the war in Syria in 2011 and actually become one of the biggest cities in Jordan; the Lebanese government did not gather the Syrian refugees in large main camps but left them to reside in small groups in the Bekaa valley with no infrastructure whatsoever.

MELM reached out to these small groups and tried to support them and take care of their Holistic needs. Each package contained a brochure about the meaning of Love in the Bible and the healing of God for all those who believe in Him. Leaders of the camps received New Testaments.

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Staff distribute food rations for Syrian Refugee

MELM director went several times to the Bekaa Valley to assess the situation of the refugees and their needs. Statistics were made for several small camps and a leader was designated from each camp to help in the headcount of each family name and number of children.

During the distribution process, the director had to refer to a printed list of all families living in the camp, a lengthy process but one which reduces the risk of fraud or of several members of the same family receiving different portions.

By referring to the pre-registration information of the families listed on the paper, staff can ensure than the rations only go to their rightful recipients.

Once we arrived a crowd mainly of women and children stretched around us to receive the relief packages, and each person signed that he received the package on behalf of his family.

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 Story of Douham al-Abid (Abu Walid)

Refugees are innocent human beings forced to flee their homes and communities. Facing physical, mental, and emotional trauma, refugees confront amazing obstacles during their escape from persecution and war. The story of Abu Walid family is remarkable. It’s a really bad experience to leave your homeland. Where you were born, and lived all your life… you lose not only your possessions but your community”.

He has survived a war and held his family together, but lost his comfortable life. “We did not have much before but we had a normal as people live here. Everything was nice before the war”.

We sympathized with Abu Walid and informed him that even if circumstances were against him God is always there for those who seek Him with all their heart. God loved them and will take care of them as a true shepherd does with his sheep. We gave Abu Walid a New Testament and encouraged him to read it and ask us any question as we will surely visit him again next time.

MELM prays for Abu Walid and his family to know the Good Shepherd and listen to His voice and He has “…other sheep …and must bring them also”. (John 10: 16)

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