Fund for Co.Clare's Syrian Refugees
The war in Syria has displaced 9.5 million people so far and as you may know 9 Syrian families have recently been resettled in County Clare as part of an EU wide agreement. These families will have a lot of adjustment to do to their new circumstances, they will have to learn a new language, new customs and will have to recover from what they have already endured. Apart at all from the danger, trauma and difficulty that these young families have faced, they have also lost everything they owned.
Each family has spent between two and four years living in Refugee Camps in Lebanon and as a result of this they have almost no personal possessions. While the Government has supplied them with housing as part of its international obligations, there is a big difference between a house and a home and we want to get togther and gather the things that will make the parents and children feel at home and feel ready to participate in the communities they have joined. We are certain that there are many many people in County Clare who would like to help with this and so we at Clare PPN ( www.clareppn.ie) have decided to try to make it easy.
On Clare Public Participation Network's website, facebook and below this post we have shared a list of items needed by the families. It is our hope that people like you will donate these items to us (if you have any of these items, new or secondhand and in good working order please email firstname.lastname@example.org) and if not that you might make a donation of money however small or big you like here so that the items can be purchased for them.
Who are we?
Sarah Clancy who is Clare Public Participation Network's resource officer will be responsible for administering this campaign. All the funds raised will be used to purchase items for the families with advice from Clare Immigrant Support Centre http://www.clareimmigrantsupportcentre.com/ who are the resettlement officers for the Syrian refugees in County Clare.
We will keep this donations page open for the next three weeks and when that period has elapsed the money will be transferred to the Resettlement Workers who will use it to purchase the items still needed for the families.
Please note that if any Business/Sports Club/ Group or individual would like to sponsor some of the items we would also be most delighted.
What do they need:
9 child proof fire guards designed to fit around stoves
9 Good Umbrellas
Sets of waterproof pants, jackets and wellingtons for children and adults.
Good quality gardening tools (Forks, Shovels, Trowels – they are dying to start planting veg gardens)
Bicycles for adults and children down to the age of 7 (it will be a while before they have the resources for cars etc)
Cycling helmets and high viz jackets for adults and children
Televisions – we need working soar- view ready televisions for all 9 houses (to help with language learning and just in general)
Working laptops for the younger people, hopefully ones with DVD playing capacity.
We will delete items from this list as we get them promised. Please share it widely and give a great welcome to these families.
Thanks in advance on behalf of Clare PPN :-) Please share this campaign widely - even if people could donate 5 euros it would increase very quickly.
In the middle of the biggest crisis of migration in decades we are certain Clare people will take this opportunity to play their part.
€3490 wow! I am so grateful to you all for the generosity and kindness. We have been gathering up the various items that people have offered and are sorting them out. We have also been consulting with the resettlement workers from Clare Immigrant Support Center to make sure we use the money for things that the families want most.
I will be able to begin drawing down the money donated from July 6th and so we will be back to you all after that date to tell you exactly how we used your donations.
I have been contacted by so many people that it has been a little hard to keep up with responding so if by some chance I have missed a message or haven't replied to you please feel free to drop me a mail at email@example.com
We are delighted to see such a warm welcome being offered to the 9 families - ye are legends everyone.