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Toothpaste and toilet paper mean dignity for Syrian families

Red Cross has launched a campaign to help families in Syria get essential basic items, like toothpaste, soap, toilet paper and sanitary pads. The items are nearly impossible to find due to the conflict.

Wednesday March 11, 2015

Photo: Ibrahim Malla
Syrian Arab Red Crescent volunteers pack hygiene kits for delivery to families. Photo: IFRC/Ibrahim Malla

"Syrian families are living through the biggest humanitarian crisis in the world. Many people can no longer afford basic necessities. Often there are no shops left to provide the essentials," said Peter Walton, Head of International Programs at Australian Red Cross.  

"In the month of March, every donation made to our Syria Crisis Appeal will go straight to providing Syrian families with essential basic items. It's a simple way that Australians can help Syrian families to keep their dignity and health, while they are coping with a terrible conflict.  

"We're providing families with hygiene kits that contain a month's worth of bathroom essentials. These items are purchased in bulk close to Syria to keep costs down and hand-delivered to families by volunteers.  

"A family hygiene kit costs $25 to source, pack and deliver. Australian families spend about four times that amount in the personal care aisle of the supermarket each month," Mr Walton said.  

"Four years of crisis and armed conflict have left a staggering 16 million Syrian people in need, which is over two-thirds of the country's population. Inside Syria, the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement is assisting 3.5 million people a month, with food, water, shelter, health care and sanitation. Red Cross is also supporting Syrian refugees in neighbouring countries.  

"Imagine trying to go to school or raise a family without being able to brush your teeth, bathe, wash with soap and have no toilet paper or sanitary pads to use. These items are essential for human dignity.   

"The crisis in Syria is large and complex, but there are practical ways to help. One simple act of humanity can make a huge difference for a Syrian family.  

"I urge all Australian families to donate to the Syria Crisis Appeal in the month of March," Mr Walton said.  

Donate to provide hygiene kits for Syrian families.