Emergency Flooding Response 2019
In December 2018, torrential rainfalls in northern Syria led to severe flooding throughout the region, impacting vulnerable camps for internally displaced Syrians. These families, who had already had to flee their homes due to violence, had their tents flooded or completely washed away, and were left without adequate shelter and heating supplies. With more rainfall and colder temperatures expected in the coming weeks and throughout the winter, they were left vulnerable and in urgent need to aid. Overall, upwards of 6500 families were impacted by this initial flooding.
ARCS Joint Response to the Flooding
ARCS decided to launch an urgent response, in collaboration with our member organizations. We sought to raise awareness of this crisis, and started a fundraising effort. We are pleased to announce that we exceeded our goal, and raised upwards of $20000 to go directly to flooding relief efforts. This money, in conjunction with ARCS existing funds to support member organization projects, was used to issue grants from ARCS to four different member organizations: Rahma Relief Foundation, Swasia Charity Foundation, Syria Relief & Development, and Syrian American Engineers Association. Each of these organizations had teams on the ground in the IDP camps affected by the flooding, and so were well positioned to work with ARCS to deliver aid.