Syria's civil war is the worst humanitarian crisis of our time. Half the country's pre-war population – more than 11 million people – have been killed or forced to flee their homes. These people are in need of urgent humanitarian assistance.
The Archbishop of Sydney has asked us to welcome the 12,000 new refugees who will arrive in Australia over the next 12 months. Anglicare Sydney has taken a lead role in galvanising and coordinating support from across the Diocese to facilitate a prayerful, practical, effective and sustained response to assist those who will be part of this refugee intake.
Anglicare is committed to helping the victims of this crisis. We will be responding by providing counselling, accommodation support, English as a Second Language classes, and many other emergency relief services and support.
Funds for counselling, for example, will go to children such as Amani who is 14, and arrived in Australia from Syria just over a year ago. Amani's mum and dad were brutally murdered in their hometown two years ago. Amani is now the adult to her siblings aged eleven, ten, and eight-year-old twins.
Funding education is vitally important – more than half of all Syrian refugees are under the age of 18 and most have been out of school for months, if not years.
So next month please be sure to keep an eye out in the mail for your chance to make a difference; to help Anglicare provide these people with vital support to get them back on their feet and give them every chance for a bright future.