His Excellency Suat Akgün, The Turkish Ambassador to Brunei, speaking to the press during the press conference. Image: Azrina Zin

Local NGO WeCare is raising funds to help Syrian refugees survive the coming winter.

Its president Hj Rusdi Asdani Hj Jorsni said The Syrian Warm Winter project is an ongoing effort by the group to supply food and winterbags to Syrian refugee camps in Kilis, Turkey.

He also revealed that some of its members will be leaving for Turkey on October 15.

WeCare will be collecting donations from the public until October 7, before setting off on their journey to Turkey.

A basket of food will cost $45 and the winterbags comprising of winter clothing such as gloves, jacket and scarves cost $38.

Image: Azrina Zin

Speaking with The Bruneian, Hj Rusdi (pictured) said that he intends on making the Syrian Warm Winter Project an annual mission for WeCare.

“We want to provide them with a long-term solution, providing sustainable food supply as well as employment for the displaced,” said the president.

The NGO also plans to build a bread factory at the Syria-Turkey border for the refugees, in collaboration with Shafak Organisation, a Syrian-based NGO.

Turkey is home to a large population of Syrian refugees who have been uprooted from their homes. For the thousands of displaced persons, surviving the cold winter adds to their struggle.

“Over 3.5 million Syrians are hosted in Turkey, exceeding the population of countries like Qatar and Latvia,” said His Excellency Suat Akgün, The Turkish Ambassador to Brunei, during the project’s press conference at the Knowledge Hub yesterday.

Image: Azrina Zin

The envoy said the Syrian war has entered its 8th year and has claimed lives of half a million Syrians, leaving 5 million to flee the country and 6 million internally displaced.

For more information, the public can contact WeCare representatives Hadi (8603371), Azlin (8870326), Waznah (8907233) and Bazilah (8661588) or follow them on instagram @wecare.bn



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