September 21 2014 Latest news:
Kay Atwal, Chief Reporter
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
An open day will discuss what can be done to help the Syrian people caught up in the humanitarian crisis in the region.
Although the British government has already pledged £600 million in aid to Syria and the region, it is holding an open day tomorrow in Manor Park to discuss how it, the community and individuals can work together to do more.
The event is being hosted by Foreign and Commonwealth Office and will give people an opportunity to discuss what more can be done, ask any questions they have about the UK’s response to the crisis, and find out how the £600 million of UK aid is being used.
A government official, who will be attending the event, said: “This exceptional humanitarian crisis requires an exceptional response and the British government remains committed to doing all it can to help the 9.3 million Syrians in need of humanitarian assistance.
“The community event will also be an opportunity for the government to share how £600 million of UK aid is getting to those in Syria and the region that needs it as well as to explore what more can be done to support those whose lives have been turned upside down.
“The local communities in Newham are already doing a great deal to help by raising money for charities supporting the Syrian people and I look forward to meeting them and hearing their fundraising stories.”
To date, in Syria and the region, government aid is providing essentials such as access to clean water for over 1,500,000 people, food for more than 535,000 people per month, medical consultations for almost 316,000 critically injured and sick people, cooking sets, mattresses and blankets for almost 385,000 people and 300,000 packs and books to help refugee children.
The open day will run between 11am and 4pm at Trinity Centre in East Avenue, Manor Park.