Syria | Calorie boost for survival

Calorie boost for survival

Syria / Local & regional aid projects

AVC humanitarian aid has been active in the region since the outbreak of the civil war in Syria. Since the liberation of the Syrian border town of Kobane from the IS, we have been supporting refugees on Syrian soil with food supplies, medical aid and an industrial bakery.

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Calorie boost for survival

Initial situation and challenges

Syria has been in civil war for years. In months of fighting with the IS, the Syrian border town of Kobane, among others, was largely destroyed. Since 2014, AVC humanitarian aid has been providing emergency aid to the refugees on the Turkish side of the border through the construction of camps and playgrounds, food supplies and medical care. After the liberation of Kobane, AVC humanitarian aid relocated its activities to Syria at the invitation of the mayor. The infrastructure of many parts of the country has been destroyed. The supply situation is precarious due to blocked borders.

  • Important facts
    • Capital
    • Damascus
    • Area
    • 185 180 km2
    • Inhabitants
    • 18 million
    • Life expectancy
    • 75,1 years
    • Child mortality rate
    • 14,8 (per 1000)
    • Literacy
    • 86,4%
    • Religion
    • 87% Muslims
    • 10% Christians
    • 3% Druze
  • Capital
  • Damascus
  • Area
  • 185 180 km2
  • Inhabitants
  • 18 million
  • Life expectancy
  • 75,1 years
  • Child mortality rate
  • 14,8 (per 1000)
  • Literacy
  • 86,4%
  • Religion
  • 87% Muslims
  • 10% Christians
  • 3% Druze

Aims

The survival of the people in Syria is secured and future resettlement promoted.

AVC humanitarian aid...

  • supports the operation of a large bakery
  • helps with the renovation of schools

Help on all fronts

In addition to the bakery, AVC humanitarian aid is also investing in the construction of new school buildings, the rehabilitation of children and adults and the provision of water in Syria. We enjoy great confidence among the regional population.

"We hoped for the US and Obama, but the political world doesn't care about us, they don't care about us - thanks to AVC we can survive."

Mother of a Syrian extended family (2016)

Commitment

Large bakery in Kobane

The large-scale bakery built by AVC international aid is officially inaugurated in the presence of the city government and Kurdish television. If the bakery had been opened earlier than planned, the IS would most likely have destroyed it when they invaded the city again. The plant is designed for a processing capacity of 20 tons of flour per day.

However, bread production can only start in the course of 2017, because the borders with Turkey and Iraq are temporarily closed and no aid transports will be able to reach the city for months. By the end of 2017, production can be increased to a processing of seven tons of flour from local cultivation. We distribute the 32,000 loaves of bread in refugee camps in the Kobane region all the way to Raqqa - for many the only food supply.

AVC humanitarian aid employs 32 people in the bakery, mainly widows, who have lost their husbands in the fight against the IS.

Financing needs

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Cris Gautschi
For any questions:

Cris Gautschi
Phone +41 (0)32 356 00 86 | +41 (0)79 248 44 42
c.gautschi@avc-humanitarianaid.ch