AmCham Bulgaria to assist Syrian refugee children

The American Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria (AmCham) executive board has decided to assist Syrian refugees in the country and will be approaching Unicef about how to help, AmCham executive director Valentin Georgiev said on October 12 2013.

An idea was to use proceeds from events to set up funding to assist the education of Syrian refugee children, Georgiev said.

A day earlier, essential items and materials for the Syrian refugees, collected in a campaign by the Foreign Ministry and foreign diplomats in Sofia, were handed to the Bulgarian Red Cross.

The Bulgarian Red Cross and State Agency for Refugees were handed more than 300 packages containing clothes, shoes for babies, children and adults, more than 10 bags of toys, about 100 packages of pillows and duvets and more than 50 packs of nappies, baby food and hygiene products, as well as a large amount of packaged food, mostly provided by the embassies of Arab states in Sofia, the Foreign Ministry said.

On October 10, the Bulgarian Red Cross announced that after an assessment, it had been established that the items most needed by refugees currently in registration and reception centres were nappies, sanitary napkins, toilet paper, soaps and shampoos, toothbrushes and toothpaste, detergents, formula milk for babies up to two years, toys and school supplies such as notebooks, crayons and drawing blocks.

The Bulgarian Red Cross said that it had enough clothes collected from private donors.

It is continuing to raise funds through a special bank account, online and via SMS to the number 1466. For details of how to donate, please click here.

(Photo: Foreign Ministry)



The Sofia Globe staff

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