Immediate aid when disaster strikes
During emergencies, Mission East supports people in countries where we are usually not present. This work is carried out through partner organisations.
Apart from working in our regular programme countries, Mission East also acts in situations that require an immediate humanitarian effort. This work is mostly done through partner organisations that are already working on the ground. For several years, we have supported vulnerable families affected by the war in Syria - and since autumn 2017 we have assisted Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh.
Since August 2017, more than 700,000 Rohingyas have fled violence and persecution in Myanmar. They now live in crowded refugee camps in Bangladesh where Mission East is helping to prevent outbreaks of life-threatening epidemics through our partner organisation Medical Teams International.
People in the camps have been trained to become health workers so they themselves can help other refugees. They have informed tens of thousands of Rohingyas about hygiene and distributed soap and medication to prevent diarrhea. By decreasing the danger of infectious diseases, such as cholera, the health workers can save many lives.
The war in Syria has cost hundreds of thousands of lives and forced millions to flee. Since 2013, Mission East has cooperated with the Karagheusian Foundation, supporting its humanitarian work for internally displaced people in Syria and Syrian refugees in neighbouring Lebanon. The support from Mission East has been directed at vulnerable families – they have received blankets and heaters to keep them warm during the winter months, and milk powder for malnourished children.
The conflict has had a severe effect on Syria’s Christian minority, including the Armenian population. In Aleppo alone, there used to be 70,000 Armenians – only a few thousand remain. Many have fled to Armenia, where they receive support from Mission East.