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IDLIB, SYRIA, May 27, 2021 — Baitulmaal, a Dallas-based international humanitarian relief agency, recently distributed Eid clothes to 200 Syrian refugee children in addition to zakat-ul-fitr monetary gifts to 40 families in the Ma’arat Masrin refugee camp during the Eid ul-Fitr holiday.
The Eid distribution prioritized recently displaced children and families that had not received humanitarian aid in the Northern Syrian camps. Children between the ages of 5 and 14 received Eid clothes, shoes, and gift bags. Families with children under the age of 6, special needs, elderly or disabled members, or those with child or women-headed households received cash assistance.
According to Elizabeth Sohail, program manager at Baitulmaal, the children also took part in small festivities to commemorate the Eid holiday.
“Seeing the smiles on children’s faces against the backdrop of such dreary living conditions touched my heart,” Sohail said. “Our donors have been able to bring joy to an otherwise difficult situation during one of the most important holidays of the year.”
This year saw an increase in violence in various regions of the world. Displacement, poverty, and disease continue to ravage vulnerable communities. In Syria, over 6.7 million people have been displaced within their country, and another 6.6 million have been living as refugees in neighboring countries over the course of the past 10 years, according to the UN. Prolonged displacement leaves people vulnerable to higher rates of illness, food insecurity, and disasters such as widespread tent fires or weather-related emergencies.
Earlier this year, Baitulmaal provided 450 displaced families with emergency aid after severe winter storms, and delivered winter essentials to 85 Syrian refugee families and 190 Syrian orphans. Warm meals were also served to 1,500 orphans while heaters and fuel were supplied to 6 schools serving 2,050 students in Northern Syria. During Ramadan, food packages for 186,000 meals were delivered to Syrian families in need.
If you would like to learn more or contribute to these programs at Baitulmaal, please visit their website at baitulmaal.org.
Baitulmaal is an international humanitarian aid organization that provides life-saving, life-sustaining and life-enriching aid to people in need around the world. With headquarters in Dallas, Texas, the charity has offices in: Los Angeles, California; Chicago, Illinois; Detroit, Michigan; Nairobi, Kenya; Mogadishu, Somalia; Amman and Al Ramtha, Jordan; and Karachi, Pakistan.
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