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Emergency Appeal Launched to Help Vulnerable Children in Syria

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Mary’s Meals is helping communities affected by this week’s devastating earthquakes 

Mary’s Meals has launched an emergency appeal to deliver much-needed food aid to children in Syria, following two earthquakes on Monday, 6 February. 

The international charity, which was founded in a shed in Argyll, has been working in the city of Aleppo since 2017.

With its local partner Dorcas, it usually serves nutritious meals to children at school – many of whom are experiencing trauma caused by more than a decade of civil war.  

Daniel Adams, executive director of Mary’s Meals, says:

“The updates we are receiving from our partner on the ground are simply heart-breaking.

“After more than a decade of civil war, Syria has been plunged into this new crisis.

“Many people have lost their loved ones and their homes, and they have very little access to food and shelter.

“They now face yet another a fight for survival. 

“Conditions in and around Aleppo are very difficult – roads are damaged, and our partner organisation has seen heavy damage to its buildings.

“Despite these challenges, we are already reaching many children with essential food supplies.” 

Mary’s Meals serves school meals in some of the world’s poorest countries.

The promise of food attracts hungry children into the classroom, giving them the energy to learn and hope for a better future.  

In addition to this important work, the charity has a track record of providing effective, expert support through emergencies – including delivering food aid to thousands of people affected by Ebola in Liberia and supporting communities impacted by the earthquake in Haiti in 2021.  

Daniel continues:

“With our partner, we are working around the clock to feed hungry children in Aleppo.

“But there’s so much more we can do to help the communities that have been devastated by these earthquakes – and we stand ready to expand our emergency response as funds allow. 

“Time and time again, we have seen people across Scotland give generously to help those facing desperate and frightening situations.

“I urge you to give what you can today – no donation is too small – so that we can bring hope to the people of Aleppo.” 

To find out more about the Mary’s Meals Syria Earthquake Appeal, please visit marysmeals.org.uk/campaigns/syria  

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