Water and the Syria crisis: did you know that because of the recent influx of refugees, 1 in 4 people in Lebanon are now Syrian? In Jordan, the third driest country in the world, it’s one in 5.
Countries like Jordan are experiencing a spike in competition for resources such as water as the country sees over 600,000 refugees arrive. Tensions arise between host communities and locals as water becomes ever more scarce. See how Mercy Corps worked to repair Jordan’s ageing water system to bring more vital resources to citizens and refugees.
Meet Gus, Water Engineering Director for Jordan, who works to address this problem. As he says in the video ‘We are helping Jordanian’s, Syrians – everybody! – for years to come.’
This is how you #DoMoreWithMercyCorps. THANK YOU
Mary’s Meals team update: May the Quads be Ever in Our Favour
Mairead and Louise, The Mary’s Meals Quad Team, have been training hard the last few months but are waiting for better weather before attempting kayaking!
Mairead, who is a Scout Leader, has dabbled in a bit of kayaking before. She says; “Once I went kayaking with my brother, I really enjoyed it! It was hard work though, so I know I’ll need to start training soon. In fact, while kayaking my brother lost his shoes, and I spent more time in the water!”
Louise has been concentrating on hill walking, always accompanied with team mascot Louie the dog. She tells us; “Louie and I are quite new to hills, and neither of us have particularly long legs but our weekly training sessions are really starting to pay off. And I’m loving Munro bagging with my trusty sidekick!”
The team have also been fundraising, setting up their own Artez page so that friends and family can donate online. They also plan on organizing a fundraising event in April to raise lots of money for hungry children.
If you have not tried Kayaking before you need to make sure you gather some experience prior to the event. All participants will use 2 seater Malibu 2 kayaks (issued by the event). They sit low in the water so you are guaranteed to get a bit wet but its ideal to cool you down after completing the mountain phase of the run! For inexperienced kayakers, here are our top tips to get you started: