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We are now helping two families
Mohammed has asked us to host Samir and his family as well as his own. So, we are committed to helping a second refugee family - so each will now each have cultural and social support in a village with no other Syrian nationals. The families we are supporting are two married couples, each with a two year old child (one girl, one boy) and both mum's are pregnant with due dates in May.
There is no limit on the amount that can be raised. We need your help to support these families who will be staying with us at least until May... and depending on birth dates, may be until August.
We have taken on much more than we originally planned and for at the start of this campaign so:
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My name is Judith and I'm a UK national living in Bulgaria with my Irish partner Declan. When we heard of the difficulties in the Syrian Refugee camps in Sofia, we wanted to help. We have a second house in our village that is currently not in use. So, on the 17th December 2013 Declan and I drove to Sofia to the Vrajdebna Refugee camp to meet with our Syrian contact Radi, who has lived in Bulgaria for several years and is working to help Syrians in the camps.
At the camp we were introduced to a young family. On that same day Mohammed, his wife and unborn child (due to be born in April 2014) and their two year old daughter came to stay with us. They are currently back in Sofia awaiting final papers.
Once their paperwork is completed, Mohammed and his family have just 5 days to leave the refugee camp. They will be given 65 leva (33 euros/US$44) when they leave, but will get no other financial assistance.
We are committed to provide for Mohammed and his growing family, but our own budget is tight. We will continue to provide the house rent free and all food from our garden will be shared with them. We are currently looking for work for Mohammed. In the meantime, we would be very grateful for contributions to help to provide nappies and baby formula; clothes for the children; sanitary products; transport costs; household costs.
What We Need & What You Get
- We will provide Mohammed and his family with accommodation rent free for as long as he and his family need it.
- All pregnancy care will be taken care of.
- We will provide food from our garden.
- We will provide clothes for the adults..
- We will cover costs in searching for work for Mohammed
If funds allow, we hope to help two families at the same time, which will provide each family with cultural and social support.
We would like help with the following:
- Wood to heat the house - maximum cost 60 euros per month (that's in winter)
- Internet access to keep contact with family - 13 euros per month
- Electricity costs - 15 euros per month
- Nappies, baby formula and sanitary products - 100+ euros per month
- Clothes for the baby and child. A babygro costs 5 euros here.
- Transport costs - It costs 17 euros for one person to travel to Sofia
- It is likely that Mohammed will have to travel to town for work - 2 euros return daily.
- Transport costs to Veliko Tarnovo to meet with the Syrian community - 6 euros for a return trip.
- Food that cannot be provided from our garden e.g., oil, rice, pasta etc. - 100+ euros per month
When Mohammed and his family leave us, our house will be open to other families should we have the funds to do so.
Declan and I will not receive any of the donations as 100% of the net proceeds will go to the Syrian families that need it most. We set a modest goal for this campaign to ensure we achieve the maximum net proceeds to the recipients.
There is no limit on the amount that can be raised so please contribute as much as you can!!
The photo on this page is taken from english.al-akhbar.com.
The video clip is from the UNHCR http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f9iPZSevHdQ we are not connected to, nor do we endorse [or oppose] the UNHCR.
Other Ways You Can Help
We understand that some people can’t contribute, but that does not mean you can’t help:
- Please get the word out and make some noise about our aim to help Syrian Refugees in Bulgaria. Facebook and Twitter tools are at the top of this page
If you should have any questions or requests, please do not hesitate to contact me on 07594572439 or email@example.com
For background information on the Syrian conflict visit http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-17258397