On 5 March 2019 RRYM celebrated it’s third birthday as a
registered charity. Looking back over the past three years it’s safe to say
we’ve come a long way and achieved an awful lot in that time. Our ability to
offer help to those in need has been a direct result of your willingness to get
involved, by following our posts and
donating items for us to ship out to where they are most needed, by helping to
sort and pack the items into suitable bags or boxes, or by donating financially
towards shipping costs. Your interest in our work and continued support have
enabled us to expand as a charity, offering more help to more people and
organisations as we grow.
We continue to ship 30kg boxes of aid out to Athens, the
Greek Islands, Rumania and Bosnia at an average of three boxes a week. Each box
costs between £29 and £31 to send. These boxes contain everything from clothes
and footwear, nappies and wipes, first aid and medical items to small toys and
educational material. We also continue to transport larger items such as
buggies, prams, moses baskets, travel cots, suitcases, baby carriers and
wheelchairs to link up with the 40ft containers organised by care UK in
Cheshire. Each trip to Northwich involves hiring a van and paying for fuel
which on average costs £90 each time.
During the last financial year we have spent £3,467 on shipping costs,
compared to £3,371 over the previous two years. From this you will see that our
expenses over the past twelve months have doubled!
Until now we have been able to rely on fundraising events
such as supermarket slots or tabletop sales to cover our shipping costs.
Unfortunately the refugee crisis and the untenable situation
in which these people find themselves shows no signs of abating. If anything
the need for aid is even greater now than ever, with many governments and some
larger NGOs having conveniently chosen to wash their hands of the refugee
crisis. Expenditure has exceeded income for the past few months which means
that we are having to make some very difficult choices with regard to who we
can afford to help and how often.
It is for this reason that we would ask you to consider
either making a donation to RRYM as a one-off payment, or better still for
those of you who feel able to do so to consider setting up a standing order for
a fixed amount each month. No amount would be considered too small. For one-off
donations via Paypal please click the DONATE button on this page. For anyone
wishing to set up a standing order our account number for Refugee Relief Ynys
Mon is: 71053743
Sort code: 51-61-14
Thank you for taking the time to read this post and a very special thanks to anyone who can increase our financial capacity to continue helping those in need.
With much love, Heulwen
For the past 2 1/2 years I have been friends with a young man who lives in a village on the outskirts of Idlib in Syria. Tamer was on his second year as a student at the University of Damascus when war broke out seven years ago. He was forced to return home and since then has been supporting his family and doing his best to help his local community by distributing baby milk, firewood and many other essential items to people who desperately need them but who struggle to fend for themselves for a multitude of reasons.
People4people, a German-based charity have been instrumental in raising funds for purchasing the above items before transferring the money to him in Syria.
Last year Tamer and his friends established Al-Noor school in a bid to offer a limited education program to teenage girls in the area. They rented a suitable building, recruited four excellent teachers willing to work for a modest stipend, and for the next four months ran classes in physics, chemistry, mathematics, Arabic and English five days a week.
Earlier this year the students sat their exams in these subjects. They all passed with flying colours!
Despite The fact that the situation in Idlib has become even more desperate over the past few months, Tamer and his friends have managed to rent and paint a building again this year and have re-established Al-Noor School in order to provide another forty-three girls aged fifteen with a thorough grounding in the above subjects. As is currently the case with many independently run projects funding fatigue seems to be the order of the day. People4people have been posting information about the school on social media but funding has been slow. With their blessing and that of my friend Tamer i’m writing this post in a bid to generate further interest in what this wonderful school has to offer in the hope that it will encourage more people to donate.
Any monies raised as a result of this post will be passed via our charity, Refugee Relief Ynys Mon, to The German charity People4people Who will in turn transfer it to Tamer. The school operates on a shoestring budget of $500 a month. This includes the rent for the building, stationery and paper and a very modest stipend for the four teachers involved.
Can you help?
For anyone wishing to donate, please click the “Donate” link and include the text Al-Noor school in your message no amount is considered too small.
Please help me to help a wonderfully resilient young man who has proved to be a source of hope for so many through the darkest of dark times.
Always remember: the purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows.
Thank you so much! Heulwen
We’re always on the lookout for mobile phones in good working order.
To lose your phone is to feel lost, disconnected and without information.
For those hundreds of thousands fleeing war, a smartphone can be a life line.
It’s a basic tool that means they can make a much needed call home. Access maps to find out where they are. Find information about what to do next, and what’s going on in the world.
A lot of the families and individuals coming to the refugee camps in Europe don’t have one. They’ve been lost, stolen or damaged on the way.
They don’t necessarily need to be smart phones. For many refugees their phone is their only link with the Home and the family that they’ve left behind.
We’re constantly receiving requests for them.
So, if you wouldn’t mind checking your cupboards and drawers for surplus phones and chargers we’d be delighted to take them off your hands.
You can help
If you can’t find any mobile phones but would like to make a cash donation, we can use this to purchase refurbished phones at a reasonable price for those in greatest need.
We’ve received many wonderful donations over the past months. Thanks so much to those of you who have contributed so generously.