– 2016 –
According to the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), more than five million Syrians are now refugees. This means around a quarter of Syria’s population has fled their country since the start of the conflict in March 2011. As they struggle to survive and relocate, millions of people routinely lack basic personal care or hygiene necessities that can help prevent illness. Most of those displaced are women and children, with over 50 percent of refugees being children under the age of 18.
Consequently, aid groups continue to urge the international community to end the country’s six-year war and provide more assistance.
HHI has supplied medicines, medical supplies, tents and hygiene kits to refugees in Turkey, Greece, and Serbia.
To help provide these needed supplies, HHI hosted Faith and Heart, a fun event held at the 69th Regiment Armory in New York City in June 2016. During this event sponsored by Henry Schein, The Multifaith Alliance for Syrian Refugees, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, BD, FedEx, Henry, 900 diverse volunteers built 7,500 hygiene kits for Syrian refugees. These kits were then distributed in refugee camps in Turkey through Orient for Human Relief.