The shortage of blankets, warm clothes, medicines and food supplies is intensifying. Since many donor countries have not fulfilled their pledges, millions of Syrians are worse off than ever; famine is a threat. In November 2014, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) reduced food aid from 2100 calories (100% in the chart) down to 825 calories per person and day. That is less than half of the recommended daily intake! Back in October 2014, food aid had already been cut by 40%.
People usually prefer to delegate humanitarian
activities. Many organizations are involved in
humanitarian aid already. However, the fact is
that demand far exceeds supply. There is a lack
in resources of all kinds: staff, funds, time.
That is why we need people who will take heart;
people willing to invest their energy, their money
and their vacation time.
Our projects focus on food aid in the short term,
but in the longer term we aim to generate jobs in Jordan.
The first steps have already been taken.
What is your contribution?
In coordination with other relief organizations and with UNHCR, NOIVA plans to set up a food aid programme for Northern Jordan as soon as possible. NOIVA aims to establish up to three distribution bases located near the Syrian border, each providing about 1000 high-quality meals per day.
The distribution bases are to be operated between the beginning of January and mid-April 2015. 20 to 30 volunteers will be needed to coordinate food distribution on site. Several options are currently being considered:
- Distribution of nutritious high-quality food packages where the food is to be prepared by the refugees
- Centralised preparation of nutritious, heated meals that are transported freshly to the distribution bases.
We are committed to help hundreds of refugee families and needy locals survive the coming winter. While it is now vital to bring food, we also see a great chance in personal contact: In the daily encounters, we want to show refugees our respect and give them hope for a better future.
NOIVA coordinates the project and is in charge of communication with partners on site. The NOIVA Team is self-financed.
The current price for a nutritious meal and for baby food in Jordan serves as a basis for the food aid budget. A meal of approx. 2300 calories costs 3 JOD (Jordanian Dinars); baby food (supplement) for one week costs 8,80 JOD.
Although NOIVA carries out as many tasks as possible, a successful implementation of the project depends on funding partners. The project can be supported through donations or donations in kind.
The use of all donated funds is monitored by an external and independent trust company.
Due to lack of funding, the UN is now severely reducing food aid for Syrian refugees in Jordan. This will cause hunger and poverty and increase the dire state of the refugees during this winter. If we do not provide direct humanitarian aid, more women will prostitute themselves and more children will work. Refugees will live under extremely difficult conditions.
With over 3 million Syrians displaced across the Middle East, and some 628,000 currently seeking refuge in Jordan, the international community faces unprecedented challenges in responding to the needs of Syrian refu- gees. As many refugees now face a third winter away from their homes, NOIVA’s sup- port to vulnerable families in Zaatari Camp and host communities is timely and speaks to the rich humanitarian traditions of the people of Switzerland.