October 2012 – Hand in Hand for Syria يدا بيد لنبني سوريا
Hand in Hand for Syria is a UK registered charity that was established in 2011 at the start of the Syrian uprising. They are a non-political organisation funded by individual donations.
Their aim is to provide medical and humanitarian assistance to civilians affected by the uprising in Syria. This includes people still inside Syria as well as those who have fled to neighbouring countries.
They are based in England and also have a field office in Lebanon which manages all local supply and delivery of aid into Syria. They are one of the few charities currently able to get humanitarian aid into Syria and regularly provide food and clothing to around 3450 Syrian families, some of whom are refugees at the Lebanese border.
They have also sent medicines and medical equipment into Syria to support doctors working in civilian field hospitals. These secret facilities have been set up in areas where it is too dangerous to take victims to government hospitals or where the hospitals have been closed down. These field hospitals are very basic and have little equipment or medicines. By sponsoring one of these hospitals, they have been able to deliver vital medical equipment and medicines to those desperately in need.
They are also currently developing online training for medical staff in Syria and UK volunteers to teach them how to perform life-saving surgery in the conditions of war.