Urgent call for survival aid in support of Salqin
We give the guarantee that all funds received via our accounts that have the special mention "Earthquake" will go 100% to the families in Salqin. The emergency aid will be delivered through the volunteers of our Syrian branch on the ground. All overhead and transaction costs will be covered through our general budget. (Our overhead costs have been less than 1% since the very beginning of our work. The transaction costs are limited to a maximum of 2% thanks to the informal transfer systems used by our volunteers on the ground. We guarantee that none of these fees goes to terrorist organisations or war criminals that are sanctioned by the US or the EU.)
In our first call for help, we asked all our donors and friends to make a contribution to the Syria Civil Defence, better known as "the White Helmets", who are doing a heroic job in the most affected areas of Idlib. For many years, the White Helmets have been rescuing survivors of the bombardments by Assad's and Putin's air force that has targeted mainly civilian infrastructure. The White Helmets are operating independently from any terrorist organisation or militia. They have been awarded with several prices and international decorations. We still call upon you to support them.
However, we learned in the last days that four out of the 182 students of the R&R learning centre in Salqin have died in the earthquake. Most others have lost their home and are now living with their families in the street. Even though search & rescue operations are the first emergency, we cannot leave the families we serve stranded. The local volunteers of our Syrian branch have made a first needs assessment and we call upon your generosity to help those who survived. Temperatures are currently around 0°C in this area. Many survivors are facing certain death if international aid is not arriving soon. We guarantee that every donation we receive with the special object "Earthquake" will go 100% to the families of Salqin.
International aid is barely reaching this area. Even though the Assad government had promised to deliver parts of the humanitarian assistance reaching Damascus through the UN and affiliated NGOs to Idlib, none of these promises has materialised. For this reason, the UN Security Council has given the extraordinary authorisation to UN agencies to deliver cross-border aid from Türkiye without consent of the Syrian government. Russia, as permenent member of the Security Council, has repeatidely threatened to veto such cross-border aid, reducing the allocated border crossing to only one: Bab Al-Hawa, next to the city of Antakya. Despite such threats, the authorisation for cross-border aid was renewed on 9 January 2023 for 6 more months. However, it took the UN agencies three days before an aid convoy for the earthquake survivors has finally reached the border on 9 February.