An IsraAID fact-finding mission to Bulgaria in March, led by B’nai B’rith World Center Director Alan Schneider, provided emergency aid to Syrian refugees and developed a proposal for long-term assistance to Bulgaria as it deals with the large influx of Syrian refugees.
The program is a joint-effort between B’nai B’rith International, the American Jewish Committee and the Shai Fund, under the IsraAID banner.
The IsraAID mission was sparked after Bulgaria, overwhelmed by the mass of people – primarily Syrian – crossing through Turkey into the country, appealed for international aid, while the United Nations declared a “human emergency” along its border. About 11,000 Syrian refugees have fled to Bulgaria, many taking up residence in deteriorating, overcrowded camps.
B’nai B’rith and its IsraAID partners provided food and hygienic supplies for immediate relief to the Syrians, as well as support for Bulgarian authorities by launching a psycho-social training program.
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