Today we have some very special news to share. Thanks to the wonderful generosity of some private donors we have been working with for some time we have been able to supply two ambulances to the Syrian Civil Defence group the White Helmets. These brave medics respond to bombings, pull the injured from the rubble and do essential life saving work. We are pleased to say that the ambulances are already on the road, one in Aleppo and one in Idlib.
With Russian planes now bombing the area, having ambulances and medics who can respond is more important than ever. As well as the vehicles, we’ve donated essential kit including beds, stretchers, oxygen, respirators and defibrillators.
Our team member Oz was able to go over and meet the White Helmet teams and oversee the handover of the ambulances.
From the White Helmets website –
As the conflict in Syria worsens, ordinary people are paying the highest price. More than 50 bombs and mortars a day land on some neighbourhoods in Syria. Many are rusty barrels filled with nails and explosives, rolled out the back of government helicopters — bakeries and markets are the most commonly hit targets. When this happens The White Helmets rush in to search for life in the rubble – fully aware that more bombs may fall on the same site. These volunteers have saved 40,823 lives – and this number is growing daily.
The White Helmets mostly deal with the aftermath of government air attacks. Yet they have risked sniper fire to rescue bodies of government soldiers to give them a proper burial.
Bakers, tailors, engineers, pharmacists, painters, carpenters, students and many more, the White Helmets are volunteers from all walks of life. Many have paid the ultimate price for their compassion – 92 have been killed while saving others.
As well as saving lives the White Helmets deliver public services to nearly 7 million people, including reconnecting electrical cables, providing safety information to children and securing buildings. They are the largest civil society organisation operating in areas outside of government control, and their actions provide hope for millions.
Please click here to read more.
You can see more about the work of this extraordinary group in the video below.
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