In September 2014, ERDO began communicating to our supporters about the need to bring relief to Internally Displaced People living in Northern Iraq. These families were awaiting placement in refugee camps. Through a PAOC Global Worker we responded to this need. There were 63 families awaiting placement and in need of food and supplies.
Thanks to generous donations, including significant PAOC church support, emergency supplies including warm winter boots have been delivered to displaced families.
Our partners overseeing our humanitarian efforts knew that rain and snow were coming, and that the families fled their homes with very few survival items. The provision of winter boots was identified as a necessity to ensure the comfort and health of these families living in a very muddy area.
Two unfinished houses without windows, two tents and three shipping containers are home to a group of eleven displaced families. When their town was invaded by ISIS in August 2014, the families had to flee to safer ground in the middle of the night. The clothes they were wearing and some money was all they carried with them.
“Dada” is the matriarch of this displaced family group who received the boots and other emergency supplies. The grandmother of all the children in this temporary shelter, she shared with our partner that she had lost 5 grandchildren, two sons in law and one daughter to ISIS. In addition to all the struggling that comes out of living as Internally Displaced People, she and her family still struggle with grief for their lost loved ones. Protecting these children against the cold of winter is something that this grandmother couldn’t do without your help. On her behalf, we give you thanks.
These boots are one part of a larger response to bring Christ-motivated care and practical aid to hurting people. The other essentials provided to these families are relief packages containing food items like: milk, rice, tomato paste, salt, sugar, oil, eggs, vegetables, beans, tea and bread. The non-food supplies are items like: soap, personal hygiene supplies, diapers, cookware, sleepwear, clothes, medicine and children's playthings.
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