Syria Humanitarian Relief

A special thanks to the initiators of the One-Man-One-Can campaign for Syria and to all those who have contributed in whatever way to make our overall Syrian humanitarian response such a massive success.

For the purposes of clarification we are assisting Syrians INSIDE Syria and Syrian refugees in Yemen.  Items collected through the One-Man-One-Can campaign are being sent to Syrian refugees in YEMEN.  The Yemeni Government made an international call for assistance as 25000 Syrian refugees arrived within the last few weeks.  We were the first to respond and sent 21 containers of aid to Yemen for this purpose in July.  The containers have been arriving in batches.  The Yemeni Government was so pleased that they gave us a land valued at 58000 USD to build our own warehouse as we have an office in Yemen.  Construction of the warehouse will be complete in 6 weeks.  The Yemeni Government is also working very closely with us in trying to secure the release of the South African couple, Pierre and Yolande Korkie, taken hostage in May this year. 

We are drilling four water wells 80m deep in strategic locations in Yemen to provide water and initiate joint agricultural projects between Syrians and Yemeni's.  Syrians are highly skilled farmers and can transfer skills to Yemeni's for the purpose of agricultural self-sustainability in a mutually beneficial relationship.

Inside Syria there is huge progress with the extension of the South African hospital in Darkoush.  The second floor should be ready within the next few weeks.  Increasing numbers of casualties and patients needing general medical care have been frequenting the hospital from an ever increasing number of towns and villages.  More Syrian specialists have been employed to deal with the demand.  Medical supplies are purchased on an ongoing basis in Turkey and sent to the hospital in Syria to cope with the life-saving medical requirements in many instances.

There is excellent progress with the school we are renovating with the hope that at least 400 children will commence the learning process after a 30 month absence.  The distribution of 140 tons of food supplies is currently underway inside Syria.  Food distribution inside Syria is a continuous activity.  

For the purposes of all these projects cash contributions may continue into Gift of the Givers, Standard Bank, Account No. 052278611, Branch Code 057525.  Please email or fax confirmation of deposit slip with details.  Items in kind that can be collected up to 30 September 2013 include canned food, rice, flour, oil, sugar, beans, spaghetti, soup and tea.  As winter is rapidly approaching new blankets, new clothing including baby clothes, and shoes will be most welcome.  Any form of medical supplies will also be accepted.  All other items at your discretion but please check with us first.

Once again on behalf of the suffering Syrian people we say a big "thank you" for assisting to alleviate their hardship and difficulties.  May you be blessed.
Details toll-free on 0800786911.  Please note that NO old clothes, expired items or water will be accepted.

Air Strike Hits Darkoush

Air Strike Hits Darkoush

We received the tragic news last night that the west region of Darkoush was hit by a rocket from a fighter jet in Syria.  It was a direct hit on a residential home killing a woman and child with six other casualties, one critical, all being treated at the Gift of the Givers Hospital in the city centre.

Assad's pattern of deliberately targeting civilian and non-military sites is a permanent

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An Update On Our Hospital in Darkoush

Below is the communication received from Dr Ahmad Ghandour, the professional selected by us to manage the Gift of the Givers Hospital in Syria. He is a cardiac surgeon but has to practice all fields of medicine given the shortage of personnel and the dire situation in Syria.

In recent days the bombing has been very intense in and around the region of the hospital with numerous casualties and at
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Syria Day - 26 April 2013

In Honour of those innocents who have been killed violently or otherwise, who have directly been targeted by snipers, who have suffered the effects of cluster bombs, chemical weapons, artillery and rockets aimed wholly at civilian populations; in honour of the maimed, imprisoned and tortured; in honour of the hungry, cold, displaced and homeless, and in honour of a nation which the world chose to
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Documentary on Syria

eNCA presents a documentary on Syria through a South African perspective. Yusuf Omar was one of 16 journalists and 52 medical volunteers who accompanied Gift of the Givers on a medical humanitarian mission to this war ravaged country. The documentary screens at 8.30pm tonight on eNCA, channel 403, and is repeated throughout the week. Please see details below.

Gift of the Givers is still actively
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Shrapnel Strikes Gift of the Givers Hospital

They've tried several times previously to bomb the building during the period of renovation and conversion into an emergency hospital which commenced in December 2012.  The "relative" safety of being located between two mountains and Almighty's Grace, ensured that the munitions always struck the mountain or fell to the left or to the right into the river.
Whilst our team was in Darkoush mortars
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Medical Mission in Syria

The mood of the medical team is upbeat, slowly having coming to terms with the continuous sound of shells and the staccato of gunfire around the city in these last few days.  This is Day three; the anticipation and the excitement to serve and save enhanced by the vehicle congestion in the streets and the throngs of people in the hospital foyer.  They came in their numbers from all over North
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