Tag: Convoy of Hope Europe

Ukrainian Refugees Receive Help from COHEU

Recently, for the first time in program history, Convoy of Hope (COHEU) hosted an outreach event in Siberia.

COHEU was granted entrance into Siberia — giving them the opportunity to reach out to Ukrainian refugees living in the area. “Access to the country has been nearly impossible for years,” says Michael McNamee, president of COHEU. “Hosting an event in Siberia is truly a miracle.”

COHEU distributed food, water and supplies to Ukranian refugees in Siberia and also delivered supplies to the orphans and elderly in the community who suffer from low standards of living.

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COHEU Continues to Aid Refugees

Convoy of Hope Europe (COHEU) continues to respond to the refugee crisis in the Middle East and Europe. However, they are concentrating most of their efforts on the camp that has been set up in Calais, France, known as The Jungle.
This week, teams from Holland, Belgium and France will assist with the first ever Christmas outreach there. The program will consist of music, a general food distribution and gift boxes for the kids.

All of the refugees that live in the compound around the area have had their flimsy tents replaced by stronger, but basic wooden structures built by volunteers from the local church.

About 30 miles away, in the city of Dunkirk, there is another camp that hosts 1,800 refugees. COHEU will distribute Christmas gifts to the kids there and will take this camp on as a new project.
Because the refugees are using all types of improvised ways to cook their food and keep warm, COHEU is asking for help to buy more rain ponchos and stoves, as they continue to take significant strides to reach as many Syrian refugees as possible.
For more information, please visit convoyofhope.eu.
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COHEU Provides Wood Stoves in Ukraine

Convoy of Hope Europe (COHEU) is helping the residents of Donbass, Ukraine, who have been caught in the violence between Ukrainian troops and separatist forces, leaving many without power and access to clean water.

COHEU distributed wood stoves to 300 families to provide heat for their homes, along with seeds for families to grow and store food for the coming winter months.

Local volunteers have been equipped to distribute supplies, administer aid and counsel affected residents.

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Relief for Syrian refugees

Convoy of Hope is partnering with Convoy of Hope Europe (COHEU) to aid Syrian refugees in Jordan. Working with a partner church in Amman, COHEU is currently aiding families by providing them mattresses, blankets, fans and food parcels.

“We’re focusing most of our efforts in the northern city of Irbid, near the Syrian border, where tens of thousands of refugees have fled,” says Albert Walsweer, COO of COHEU. “There is a great need among people who’ve fled to safety, and we appreciate the partnership with Convoy of Hope to help as many as possible.”

Every Tuesday, families gather in Irbid to receive distributions of food parcels that include items such as rice, tea, sugar, spaghetti, milk and cooking oil. The parcels will feed a family of five for 10-15 days.

Dikran Salbashian, pastor of New Life Church in Amman, says any amount of help is immeasurable to the refugees.

“The needs are unbelievable,” says Salbashian. “The needs are so great. So many people who have nothing are living with 20 other people in one house or small living space, and life here is expensive.”

Salbashian notes the Jordanian government estimates 1.3 million Syrians have fled to Jordan, putting a strain on the countries’ economic and social infrastructures. Most of the refugees who have settled in Irbid are seeking a better life than what is prevalent at the massive Zaatari refugee camp on the border.

“That is a place where women are selling themselves for food,” he says. “It’s a desolate place of pain. You feel hopelessness there. I’m hopeful that some are finding solace in what we can offer here.”

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