The second group of NGO WeCare, President Muhd Akmal (4R) and member Nor Aliiyah (5L) will be distributing necessities and food packages to Syrian refugees in Kilis, a city in south-central Turkey. Image: Waqiuddin Rajak

Continuing its mission to alleviate the burden of Syrian refugees, the second group of non-government organisation, WeCare, departed the country yesterday for a one-week humanitarian mission in Turkey.

Dubbed the Syrian Warm Winter 2.0 (SWW2.0) project, WeCare president, Muhd Akmal Hj Marsidi and member Nor Aliiyah Hj Mail will be distributing necessities and food packages to Syrian refugees in Kilis, a city in south-central Turkey.

“There are 3.66 million Syrian refugees in Turkey who lack the necessities needed in everyday life,” said Muhd Akmal.

He added: “Due to the lack of funding from international committees and the United Nations (UN), NGOs including us are stepping up to provide assistance to the refugees.”

As it is currently winter in Turkey, the NGO will be providing winter clothing and shelter in the form of tents to keep them warm.

WeCare president, Muhd Akmal Hj Marsidi is one of the two representatives who flew off to Turkey for the Syrian Warm Winter 2.0 Project. Image: Waqiuddin Rajak

Moreover, WeCare will be providing food packages that are expected to last for a month.

“We were targeting to aid at least 40,000 refugees but with our current collection, we are hopeful to be able to supply to at least 20,000 Syrian refugees,” he added.

In regards to the current situation in the Middle East, the WeCare president said the representatives will be staying away from conflict zones and working with local government agencies to distribute care packages.

The first group led by WeCare member Muhammad Fuad Matahir flew off to Lebanon on December 28, 2019 with the same mission.

Funds were collected from public contribution through the BIBD application, bill payment or cash deposit.

Donations were opened since November 6, 2019 and will run until January 31 this year.

This year’s mission is a collaboration between WeCare and Global Peace mission, a humanitarian NGO based in Malaysia.

The Bruneian | BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

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