SOS Children’s Villages launches appeal for children
and families fleeing Iraq
Ottawa – SOS Children’s Villages today launched a public appeal for
children fleeing Iraq. It will look after the children from its operational
base in Jordan.
The appeal will cover the cost of providing children and women fleeing
with children emergency accommodation, milk, food and blankets.
Psychological support and educational activities for the children will also
SOS Children’s Villages’ regional director, Mr. Lucien Roca, has been on
the Jordanian-Iraqi border to determine how to proceed and to coordinate
strategy with other charities and relief organizations.
Initial estimates are that SOS Children’s Villages will need between
US$300 – US$500,000 to fully mobilize. Costs may rise depending on the
length and severity of the war, and the numbers of refugees that flee to
SOS Children’s Villages has long-term presence in Jordan, and can
mobilize help for refugees from several of its facilities, which include
three Children’s Villages (with homes, administrative offices and other
buildings), two Youth Centres, and two kindergartens. It has had a
continuous presence in Jordan since 1986, and operates under the patronage
of Queen Noor of Jordan.
Emergency relief work is a logical extension of SOS Children’s Villages
mission which is to provide life-time secure homes for orphaned, abandoned
and destitute children who have been the innocent victims of family
breakdowns, wars or natural disasters.
Donations for this Appeal can be made through SOS Children’s Villages
Canada, and will be receipted for tax purposes. Gifts can be made right now
on SOS Canada’s web site (
www.soschildrensvillages.ca ) or by phone: 1-800-767-5111.
For more information about the global work of SOS Children’s Villages,
or about its response to this humanitarian crisis, please contact:
SOS Children’s Villages Canada
200 – 244 Rideau Street
Ottawa, ON K1N 5Y3