Refugee Response

“Do not mistreat foreigners who are living in your land. Treat them as you would an Israelite, and love them as you love yourselves. Remember that you were once foreigners in the land of Egypt. I am the Lord your God.” -Leviticus 19:33-34

On Saturday, May 20, partnering with Mennonite Central Committee, The 505 held a Syrian refugee hygiene kit build. We built over 500 hygiene kits containing essential supplies that help keep children and families clean and healthy.


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Some important facts… 

1.As a result of civil wars and racial/religious conflict, more than 60 Million people are displaced worldwide. This includes more than 10 Million Syrians, which is 50% of that country’s total population.

2. 20 Million people (including 4.8 Million Syrians) received Refugee Status by the UN and are stranded outside their countries of origin. 

3. At this time only 1% of refugees are being permanently resettled in countries other their counties of origin (Europe, North America, etc). The rest remain stranded in Refugee Camps.

4. 50% of those in the Refugee camps are children younger than 17 years of age. Sadly, the average stay in such camps (until resettlement) is 17 years and is getting longer very year. 

  5. Most Syrian refugees are now stranded in camps in the Middle East;  More than half are in Turkey (2.7M) followed by Lebanon (1.5M) and Jordan (1.3M) and Egypt (500K). At this time, resettlement in Europe is slowing down and is (practically) frozen in the USA, until the Presidential Immigration Executive Order issues are resolved. 

6. The Mennonite Central Committee has been providing relief services for the past 97 years, and is currently providing more than $40 Million in relief aid to the refugees stranded in Jordan and Lebanon 

7. For resettlement of refugees in Pennsylvania, Church World Service and Bethany Christian Services are two out of only nine approved organizations nationwide. Both have been very active in the Lancaster area.