WeCare brings hope to Syrian refugees

Izah Azahari

Two representatives from WeCare left Brunei Darussalam yesterday for a humanitarian mission in Turkey under the Syrian Warm Winter 2.0 (SWW2.0) project.

President of WeCare Muhd Akmal bin Haji Marsidi and WeCare member Nor Aliiyah binti Haji Mail are the second group of the SWW 2.0 project.

The first group representative from WeCare was Muhammad Fuad bin Matahir, who departed earlier to Lebanon on December 28, 2019, with the same mission of distributing winter necessities and food packages to Syrian refugees.

According to Muhd Akmal, there are approximately 3.66 million Syrian refugees in Turkey, some of whom they will visit and distribute aid to. There are also internally displaced refugees in Syria in bigger numbers who are more desperate for assistance.

“Their current needs are for winter, and as the temperatures are very low we are trying to provide for those who have yet to find shelter. Although the shelters are just tents, it’s better than nothing,” said Muhd Akmal. “The food we will provide for the families will, Insya Allah, last for a month, and we will also be providing winter clothing.”

President of WeCare Muhd Akmal bin Haji Marsidi in a group photo prior to departure. PHOTO: RAHWANI ZAHARI

Muhd Akmal said that due to the lack of funding from the international committees and the United Nations (UN), non-government organisations (NGOs) like WeCare has to step up and provide assistance to these refugees. With the donations collected so far, the NGO is hopeful that it will be able to provide for at least 20,000 Syrian refugees.

The representatives will be in Turkey for a week, and will be entering Syria for a few days during their visit.

With regards to the current tension in the Middle East, Muhd Akmal said the representatives will be staying away from conflict zone areas for their own safety, and work with local government agencies there as well to make sure they do not cross into the said areas.

“We are taking precautionary measures to prepare for it, and with that, do pray for our safe return and execution of our mission,” added Muhd Akmal.

The humanitarian missions this year is a collaboration between WeCare and Global Peace Mission which is a humanitarian NGO based in Malaysia. In this project, WeCare is targeting a collection of BND2,000,000 to give warmth to 40,000 Syrian refugees.

Public contribution to the project is open from November 6, 2019, to January 31, 2020 via the Bank Islam Brunei Darussalam (BIBD) app through bill payment or cash deposit via the Cash Deposit Machines.