A Drop of Milk program
An urgent request to support the children of Aleppo
Aid to the Church in Need continues the work done since the start of the war in Syria: to support the Christian families of Aleppo, along with local partners, such as Canadian-Syrian gastroenterologist Nabil Antaki. Our immediate concern is to continue the distribution of milk to the children.
The aim of the project—named A Drop of Milk—is to provide to Christian children of Aleppo under the age of ten a certain amount of milk every month. In these times of scarcity, this “white gold” is essential for the proper growth and well-being of children. The Drop of Milk program has been ongoing since May 2015.
The project is most appreciated by all the Christian Churches in Aleppo since it is the ONLY program, which helps all Christians regardless of their particular denomination. It is an ecumenical program. However, the financing of this life-giving project is waning. Dr. Nabil Antaki, the Syrian doctor who is coordinating the project has approached ACN for support to be able to keep running the milk program, which is essential for the Christian children in Aleppo.
“We distribute milk every month to about 2,850 children: 2,600 receive powdered milk and 250 receive special milk for infants. Babies, not breastfed by their mother, also receive a special infant’s milk. The total number of beneficiaries varies every month depending on the number of births and emigration of the families,” explains Dr. Nabil Antaki.
The situation is dire…
The relative calm since the retaking of Eastern Aleppo has seen families returning to their homes. But with the vast amount of destruction and lack of usable structures, their needs are huge. Basics like food baskets, fuel for heating their houses and electricity are the essentials needed to begin again. Since the start of the conflict, the pontifical charity ACN (Aid to the Church in Need) has been channeling urgent help to those Christian families in Syria.
Despite the end of the conflict in that region, these staggering numbers tell a story of ongoing despair: 80% of the population of Aleppo is displaced; 70% live below the poverty line. Food parcels are desperately needed to fend-off the starvation that comes with such devastation.
Georgina, a mother of three children, explains to ACN how important the Drop of Milk project is for her and her family: “Myriam is ten years old; Pamela is six. We are one of the beneficiaries of ‘A Drop of Milk’ project. Both Myriam and Pamela get one kilogram of milk powder every month. Pamela’s health is critical after being hit by bomb which left shrapnel in her back. Now that she is recovering, she needs milk to become healthier and stronger. This project is very important for me and my family and I’d really like it to continue.”
The children of Aleppo, already deprived of a normal and peaceful childhood, should not be deprived of milk needed for their growth and health. ACN has therefore assured Dr. Antaki of our help for the children of Aleppo.
Aid to the Church in Need will give $27,188 each month during this year whole year – 2017 – for a total of $326,256.
Will you partner with us and show the children of Aleppo that there is hope? There are many ways to give to the children of Aleppo:
By phone: 514-932-0552 or toll free at 1-800-585-6333, ext. 227
Via our web site: http://secure.acn-aed-ca.org or https://www.facebook.com/AidChurch/
Aid to the Church in Need
A Drop of Milk program
P.O. Box 670, Station H
Montreal, QC H3G 2M6
In the name of Aleppo’s children: We thank you!
Text: Maria Lozano, ACN international Adapted by Aid to the Church in Need Canada