New funds drive to build Syria schools
Manama, November 30, 2013
Bahraini volunteers are hoping to raise enough funds to build five Islamic schools for children in war-torn Syria.
The Tarahum (compassion) Team has set up donation boxes in mosques across the country, including in Saar, Hamad Town, Riffa, Isa Town and Muharraq.
Thirty volunteers, headed by Shaikh Khalid bin Abdulla Al Khalifa, plan to provide humanitarian relief to Syrians displaced by the nearly three-year civil war as rebels fight off President Bashar Al Assad's forces, reported the Gulf Daily News, our sister publication.
A group of 13 Bahrainis will visit Syria, through the Turkish border, this week to distribute warm clothes and Islamic books among refugees following a fundraising campaign in Manama.
They will also assess the costs of building the facilities underground in different areas of Eastern Syria in a bid to keep children safe from potential air strikes.
"Syrians, especially children, are suffering from hunger, cold, diseases and are being ignored," said Shaikh Khalid.
"We are happy and thank God for giving us so much that we can help them.
"Our last visit to Syria was in September when we distributed more than 5,400 milk cans among children.
"We have now collected warm clothes, including jackets, sweaters, coats, socks and blankets, along with Islamic books, which will be sent this week.
"In the meantime, we will build schools to provide Islamic education to children with the money we are still collecting.
"We are also thinking to build them underground so the children can be safe."
Shaikh Khalid urged more Bahrainis to join the group, which is also planning to collect donations to buy essential health care equipment and medication to treat people wounded in clashes between rebels and government forces.
"We have also collected funds to buy 25 tonnes of flour to make bread in a bakery which is in Eastern Syria," he added.
"They have workers but don't have raw materials, which we will provide.
"We are already in touch with societies in Syria and Turkey, who will help us in distribution.
"We are also raising funds to buy medical equipment, health care products and medicines for our next visit.
"There are doctors and nurses in a hospital in Eastern Syria, but no medicines and equipment and they are experiencing severe difficulties in treating patients.
"We need to know about the situation from the Syrian Medical Centre, also known as Dar Al Istshfa'a, which provides free medical care to thousands of people wounded in Syria who require long-term care and rehabilitation.
"We are receiving donations from donors and organisations in Bahrain as well as Saudi Arabia.
"We are also getting assistance from Gulf Pharmacy and Behzad Pharmacy."
More than 100,000 people have been killed and millions more, including children, have fled their homes - many headed towards Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq.-TradeArabia News Service