We are proud to be highlighting the work of humanitarian and civil society groups both outside and within Syria that are striving for a free Syria.
Ernesto’s Cat Sanctuary Fundraiser: Ernesto’s Cat Sanctuary, run by the famous Aleppo Cat Man, is raising money for winter. The sanctuary, which provides a home and veterinary care for cats, dogs, rabbits, doves, and other animals also provides free animal veterinary care, animal welfare education, and pet therapy to those in the local Idlib and Aleppo areas. They are raising money to purchase rugs, blankets, fuel, and food in preparation for the winter months which will bring cold rain and snow.
Women Lead in the White Helmets: During the COVID-19 outbreak, the 218 women of the White Helmets have stepped up to lead the response in the northwest. They provide vital services in 33 women’s centers such as treating wounds, measuring blood pressure and sugar levels, and monitoring pregnant women. Some of the women work only 5 km from the frontline, where they fear shelling from the regime forces. In addition to search and rescue work and healthcare, the women provide trauma counseling and community education.
A Candle To Remember: Kesh Malek and Taafi have launched an initiative called “A Candle to Remember” in memory of those who have been forcibly disappeared by the Syrian regime. They invite you to light a candle in honor of the detainees and victims of torture, and to remember the importance of continuing to achieve justice and accountability. If you would like to participate, you can take a picture and share it with the hashtag #ACandleToRemember. A video by Taafi accompanies the campaign and features interviews with detainees.