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(photo credit: Charlotte Bruneau, ANERA) Hasna and two grandchildren in their cramped shelter in the Al Bas refugee camp in southern Lebanon. Hasna's family is one of thousands of Syrian refuges that received LWR Quilts.
LWR Quilts and Kits
Comfort Syrian Refugees
By Nikki Massie
Hasna and her family are Syrian refugees living in the Al Bas camp in southern Lebanon. She recently received a Lutheran World Relief Mission Quilt, which will help guard against the approaching cold winter nights.
She’s familiar with Quilts like these. Her grandmother received one years ago when she fled from Palestine to Syria. Her recollection is a stark reminder of the instability in the region. Still, she says, “I love this blanket. It reminds me of my grandmother.”
More than 1.5 million refugees have fled the violence in Syria, which began in 2011, crossing the borders into Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan. In addition, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees estimates that 2.5 million people are internally displaced.
To respond to the needs of people inside and outside Syria, LWR is working with partners to distribute Quilts, Personal Care Kits, Baby Care Kits and School Kits. Hasna received her Quilt from our local partner, American Near East Refugee Aid (ANERA).
Through the generosity of people like you, LWR has been able to send $4.3 million worth of Quilts and Kits since 2011.
Currently, LWR is in need of Quilts and Kits to meet the needs of our partners around the world. We currently have a request for School Kits in Armenia, where parents struggle to meet their family’s basic needs. Without the help of School Kits, many children would not be able to attend school.
We also have a request from a partner in Thailand to help refugees from Myanmar (Burma) and the communities receiving the refugees. Our partner has requested Quilts to help protect families against cold winter nights and Baby Care Kits so that mothers can care for their newborns.
Sisters Mauwa, Pili and Mwaduma sit on their mother's bed, covered with the LWR Mission Quilt they received during a distribution earlier this year. The sisters live with their mother at the Nunge Home for Disabled and Elderly People in Kigamboni, Tanzania, near the capital city of Dar es Salaam. The girls' mother is unable to walk or stand, making it necessary to sleep on a mattress on the floor.
And there’s also a request for Quilts and Kits to comfort mostly women, children and disabled people living in Tanzania. Your gifts of love truly touch the “least of these” here, providing needed items to orphanages, clinics and hospitals so that they can spend their limited funding on other basic needs.
Help us provide LWR Quilts and Kits to people in these countries ― and many more.
As for Hasna, she recognizes that it may take a long time to get home. But Syrian refugees express that the gift of an LWR Quilt gives them great comfort. Sleiman, another refugee living with his family at Al Bas, says, “It is not just about the Quilt but about the kindness with which it is given. It’s good to know that someone meant it for me and my family.”
Your Quilt or Kit donation can deliver that same message ― of God’s ever-present love and care ― to someone in need. Please learn more and give!
Nikki Massie is LWR’s Staff Writer.