After Arriving At Hatay, We Contacted Oliveria On Tuesday And Made Arrangements To Check The Winter Clothing.

We are able to confirm the packs have now been bagged in waterproof plastic, with English text labels and POS barcodes, that can be read with a scanner, indicating the contents (age, gender), and moved to an Oliveria storage facility in Hatay.

When we placed the order last year, we stipulated that the clothes needed to be export quality, so that they would last long enough for items to be handed down to siblings when the child outgrows the items.  We were allowed to open random samples of the packs and examine the contents and are pleased to confirm the contents are the same as the sample provided.  Quality Control seal have been placed in the individual clothing packs, which our volunteers inside Syria will be able to use to confirm that the contents of the bags have not been tampered with on route.

“For Al-Fatiha it was important that we send someone to verify both the quantity and quality of our Aid for Syria, and ensure rigorous procedures are in places to guarantee aid for Syria reaches the intended beneficiaries.”

There are a total of 3,500 packs, which equates to 500 for each year between ages 6-12, comprising of 250 boys and 250 girls packs, for each age group.

Recent fightings’ impact on distribution arrangements

The next step before distribution arrangements can be finalised, will be to update the beneficiary list, which was last updated in November 2014.  Around 30 distribution points have been identified across Aleppo, Lattakia and Idlib.

The recent surge in fighting in Latika province, involving regular Soldiers from neighbouring countries, has the potential to close the Barb-Al-Hawa border crossing.  Should a plane, bomb close to the border crossing, the Turkish government will have no choice but to close the border crossing and disperse those wishing to cross the border for safety reasons, such closures tend to be only a few days, however if the Government offensive moves closer to the border, the duration of any closure could be substantial.

The offensive also means that some distribution points in Latika province, might become impractical.  Either for safety reasons, or because the people we intend to distribute to will have moved for their own safety.  As a contingency, we are in the process of identifying substitute distribution points to be considered in the event the recent offensive impacts on our ability to distribute to the original points on our beneficiary list.

For us, it is critical that alternative arrangements are in place prior to distribution commencing, otherwise much needed aid, would be sent in places where previously identified beneficiaries have been forced to move by the recent conflict.  Such an eventuality would increase the probability that aid could be sent to distribution where there are no beneficiaries and place volunteers distributing aid in the difficult position of having to bring the aid back to safer areas, keeping the aid secure until they can be informed where the displaced people are and arrangements can be made to get the aid to these locations.

Once the beneficiary list has been updated, the aid can be loaded onto Turkish Trucks to the Bab al-Hawa Border Crossing, where the clothing will be transferred from Turkish Trucks to Syrian Trucks to be taken to the distribution points inside Syria.

From past experience, it will take 4 days to get the aid loaded from warehouses in Turkey to the first distribution point and within 2 weeks the aid for Syria will have reached the 30th distribution point.