Clean Water for Nursing Mothers

To the trials of exile, add the onset of winter. Multiply that by 1.5 million—the number of Syrians now in Lebanon—divide by the cost of renewing a residency permit, which at $200 is unaffordable for most, and you can begin to estimate the scope of the need that Act Against Hunger is working to meet.

The Spanish organization, dedicated to fighting malnutrition, is providing food and sanitation aid to 80,000 Syrians in Lebanon. Winter there will be bitter for them, as “most [refugees] live in tents made of wood, plastic and blankets, in areas where constant floods occur“, explains Paolo Lubrano, ACF’s country director in Lebanon.

Since 75% of these refugees are women with children, among whom incidences of diarrhea are increasing, the NGO has launched a new program for kids under five and nursing women, while providing clean water, latrines, waste collection, and basic hygiene supplies to 30,000 Syrians in the Bekaa and southern Lebanon. ACF is also working in the northeastern Syrian province of Hassake and preparing programs for Syrians in Iraq and Jordan.

For more info – www.accioncontraelhambre.org

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Jennifer MacKenzie

Poet, writer and teacher Jennifer MacKenzie grew up on Bloomcrest Dr. in Bloomfield Hills, MI, which inspired her to wonder about places with patterns other than floral. Following her education at Wesleyan University's College of Letters and the University of Iowa's Writers Workshop, she followed a zig-zag course that included a pilgrimage across the top of Spain and a long sojourn in Syria in pursuit of the language of Muhammad al-Maghout and Moudthaffar al-Nawwab. While in Damascus she completed the books of poems "Distant City" and "My Not-My Soldier" (forthcoming from Fence Books) and edited the magazine Syria Today. Her poems and essays can be found in numerous journals including the Kenyon Review online, Guernica, Quarterly West, and Lungfull. She currently lives in New York.

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