CARE Canada has been working to support Syrian families and host communities since July 2012. So far, the organization has reached more than 2.34 million people with life-saving assistance in the Middle East and has seen operations expand to support refugees in the Balkans.
With the Humanitarian Coalition’s specific funding, CARE Canada is providing relief to refugees crossing Serbia and East-Croatia, which are being used as transit countries as they try to reach Western Europe. Attention is being placed on the needs of women and children.
During their stay, brief though it may be, these vulnerable people have needs that must be met: shelter, food, clothing and safety.
CARE began providing warm clothing and emergency shelter so refugees can have a safe and warm place while in transit during the cold winter. This included the use of a large heated tent where refugees can stay and remain dry, safe and warm.
CARE, through its local partner and their network of dedicated local volunteers (who provide services 24/7 free of charge), also provides basic assistance CARE packages including water, dry food, fruit, energy bars, drinks, hygiene wipes, clothing and blankets as well as gender-specific items such as sanitary pads when needed. They have also set up a woman-friendly space at a Serbian border crossing point.