Update – 30th January 2017
Update – 26th April 2016
Jacob’s Well has just sent its latest container of aid to war-torn Syria. Following an appeal in the Hull Daily Mail, donations started flooding in, which enabled us to purchase over £10,000 of life-saving medicine. Other medical clinics and businesses joined in, donating over £90 000 of medical aid, which will go to equip a newly opened emergency hospital in an area where there was no medical provision before, as all the existing hospitals had been destroyed in the fighting. During the conflict, over 177 major hospitals have been destroyed, many in attacks that have deliberately targeted health-care facilities. In 2015 alone, 697 doctors, pharmacists, dentists, nurses and other health personnel lost their lives in these targeted attacks. Health-care workers are leaving the region in droves. 60% of Syria’s hospitals are now either closed or functioning in a seriously reduced capacity, making the task of treating all the injured civilians almost impossible.
At the same time as the health-care infra-structure is being destroyed, the need for emergency medical care has never been higher. Over 25 000 people are being injured each month. Recently, in one of Jacob’s Well’s partner hospitals a little three year old girl called Sabina was brought in who had been injured in a devastating bomb attack carried out by IS in Syria. Sabina’s parents died in the attack. A medical team cared for the girl and stabilised her condition, but her appearance was absolutely devastated. It is hard to imagine how Sabina’s guardian will explain to her why she has to grow up with no parents or why she looks so different to the other children that she sees every day. Stories like this help us to not lose sight of the human face of this terrible conflict which has claimed over 1.2 million lives since it began 5 years ago.
Jacob’s Well is determined to try and help children like this girl and the many others who are injured every day by sending precious medical help to the struggling hospitals across Syria. Our partners there hope to open a couple more hospitals over the next few months so that people don’t have to travel so far to reach emergency medical care. Many lives are lost on the journey to hospitals.
We are appealing again to the public to help us to send more aid to help this war-torn country. Donations can be made by visiting Jacob’s Well’s shops in Beverley, Bridlington or Withernsea, on our web-site or by visiting our offices on Swinemoor Lane, Beverley. You can also give by SMS, by texting 70070 with the message JWAS16, then specify the amount you want to give (£10, £20, £50 etc).
Jacobs Well would like to say an enormous thank you to everyone who has helped with this appeal so far.
Help us to send medical aid into Syria
Next month Jacob’s Well will send its first consignment of medical aid into war-torn Syria. Since the conflict began in 2011, over 300 000 people have been killed within Syria more than the entire population of Hull! At the same time, over 9.5 million people have fled the country. What is less known is the extreme crisis facing the hospitals there. During the conflict, over 177 major hospitals have been destroyed, many in attacks that have deliberately targeted health-care facilities. In 2015 alone, 697 doctors, pharmacists, dentists, nurses and other health personnel lost their lives in these targeted attacks. Health-care workers are leaving the region in droves. 60% of Syria’s hospitals are now either closed or functioning in a seriously reduced capacity.
At the same time as the hospitals are falling apart, 25 000 people are being injured every month, many of them women, children and older people who have been unable to leave the area. The hospitals that are left are filled with the most pitiful scenes of human suffering imaginable. Patients with the most serious injuries are lying all over the floor. Long queues snake down the corridors and out into the streets as people wait for hours to be seen. The few health workers that remain are working around the clock, re-using equipment that was designed to be thrown away after one patient, making do with no anaesthetic, drugs or bandages.
Jacob’s Well has previously sent trucks of clothing and blankets to help the Syrian
migrants in Macedonia. However, up until now, it has been unable to get any medical supplies inside Syria itself. Last month for the first time, the door opened, and John Beynon, the charity’s leader, decided instantly that they must help. Jacob’s Well has now formed a partnership with another organisation that has successfully shipped over 36 containers of clothes and hygiene products into Syria in the last 18 months. They have forged partnerships with large hospitals in several different cities and have an agreement from the government that containers of medical aid will be allowed in without hindrance. For security reasons Jacob’s Well cannot disclose the locations where the aid will go to, not wanting to put the safety of the hospital and the medical staff there under further threat, however they are confident that the aid will get through.
They are now loading a 40ft container full of valuable medical supplies, including items like bandages, operating equipment, hospital beds, prosthetic limbs and crutches, all of which are in very short supply, due to the conflict. “I am excited that we have finally got an opportunity to help the Syrian people”, says John. “Although we are very short of money at the moment, when the opportunity came up to help, we decided straight away that we would send the load and trust that the people would be generous and help to fund the shipping costs. We have plenty of medical supplies that we can contribute, so we are asking people to please dig deep and help us to help these desperate people. Just imagine how you would feel if your house was bombed and one of your children or an elderly parent broke their leg. After waiting for hours, the hospital turned you away because they had no plaster cast, no bandages and no bed where you could lay. No pain killers to give you and nothing to clean your wound with. That is the situation that we are trying to change. Over the coming months we hope to send as many loads as we can afford to. Each container costs around £8500 to send. We are also appealing to Pharmacies, Doctors’ surgeries and Hospitals to donate any medical items that they can spare. We can guarantee that all the items that are provided will go to needy hospitals within Syria.
For more details, ring our offices on 01482 881162. To give by sms, text 70070 with the message JWAS16, then specify the amount (£5, £10, £15 etc). Donations can be made online via Give.net / Stewardship by clicking here or at our shops in Beverley, Bridlington or Withernsea or at our offices on Swinemoor Lane, Beverley.