IMPACT gives €100,000 to Syria appeal and calls on members to help

Wednesday 18th December 2013

IMPACT has donated €100,000 to support Concern International’s work tackling the growing Syrian refugee crisis, which has seen more than 2.3 million people flee the war-torn country since 2011 in one of the biggest refugee crises of recent history.

The IMPACT cash comes from the union’s developing world fund, made up of 3% of each member’s union subscription, which helps trade union solidarity and development projects around the world. The unions’ Central Executive Committee has also urged members to support the Concern appeal if they can. You can find out more about Concern’s work in Syria HERE.

Earlier this week, the United Nations’ refugee agency said it expects over four million refugees to have left the country by the end of 2014. Launching its biggest ever emergency appeal, the international body predicted that almost three-quarters of Syrians would need humanitarian aid in 2014.

Meanwhile, Concern is working in Syria and neighbouring Lebanon. The Syrian conflict has seen over 100,000 people killed and many more injured. There are more than four million people displaced within the country, on top of the 2.3 million who have fled to neighbouring countries like Lebanon.

Basic public services like water, sanitation, education and healthcare have virtually collapsed in parts of the country where hospitals and other facilities have sustained war damage and supply lines are disrupted. Thousands of public servants are working for free to try to provide services.

In Lebanon, the huge numbers of refugees have put public service infrastructure under immense strain. IMPACT’s contribution will mainly support Concern’s work in water and sanitation, where the NGO works with communities and public service providers to install and sustain basic services.

This is just one of many projects funded by IMPACT members through the union’s developing world fund, which has donated over €7 million to trade union and other development projects since its establishment in 1991.