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Going for a coffee? Help Syria!

Going for a coffee? Help Syria!

Joint action of the Polish Medical Mission and Krakow’s cafés for the Refugee Day

The Polish Medical Mission has launched another aid action in favour of small Syrians. Throughout June, at selected cafés in the centre of Krakow you can find wound dressings with the inscription ‘Help Syria”. They encourage supporting  the actions of the Polish Medical Mission in that country. The occasion for the action is the World Refugee Day, celebrated on 20th June.

– ‘The war in Syria and the drama of the Syrian refugees have been going on for eight year now. The prolonged conflict means that year after year fewer people are interested in what is happening to the Syrians. We follow other sensations. Meanwhile, inhabitants of Syria and people escaping the land still need our help. The World Refugee Day is the right time to remember them’, says Małgorzata Olasińska-Chart, the coordinator of aid to Syria at the Polish Medical Mission. 

According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the greatest number of Syrians, i.e. over 3.5m, were received by Turkey. Over 900,000 Syrians landed in Lebanon, and over 660,000 refugees were received by neighbouring Jordan where the Polish Medical Mission provides aid.  

– ‘The Jordanian camp  Zaatari, where nearly 80,000 Syrians are currently living, at first sight resembles a small town. At the camp, there are shops and small service facilities, such as hairdressers or tailors. However, this ‘town’ is surrounded with barbed wire. The Polish Medical Mission food parcels and hygiene kits to families in the camp, including soaps, shampoos, sanitary pads, washing powders, toothpastes and brushes, toilet paper, but also construction and refurbishing materials’, says Olasińska-Chart.

– ‘Some of the families has been living in the camp for seven years. The Syrians are living in residential containers and tents, trying to create a substitute for a home and a safe shelter. We want to help them in protecting their homes so that rain, wind or sharp sunlight should not disturb them’, says Katarzyna Rydel, coordinator of aid projects in Jordan.

You can support the actions of the Polish Medical Mission by dropping donations into the tins that are located in selected cafés. The action in Krakow has already been joined by Nowa Prowincja, Bonobo, De Revolutionibus, Siesta Cafe, Piękny Pies, Karma, Ka Udon Bar; and by Cafe Bergson in Oświęcim.

– ‘Inhabitants of Krakow have on many occasions shown their heart-felt support for the harmed Syrians. So it was at last year’s concert for Nura or during collections for prostheses for children who have undergone amputations’, says Małgorzata Olasińska-Chart, the coordinator of aid to Syria at the Polish Medical Mission, ‘We are sure that even this time they will get involved in this simple aid action’. 

Contact: Justyna Kozioł, justyna.koziol@pmm.org.pl, tel. (+48) 609 332 229