MISSIONS

During the last four years we have constantly met children who live in very harsh conditions and which get worse year after year.

Our goal is to provide Syrian children with the certainty of having food and water, medical care and shelter from the cold.

We go there personally to distribute food, blankets, clothes and medical care. A doctor always accompanies us.

MISSION 16-21 FEBRUARY 2021

We left from Milan taking all the precautions and safety measures imposed by Covid pandemic, still when we arrived we got stuck in Istanbul because of snow! We had to wait until 4 o’clock in the morning before we could leave for our destination.    It was me (Arianna) and Paolo Messina, a photographer. We […]

MISSION IN TURKEY OCTOBER 2020 – BUILDING THE WATER WELL

In October we go to the camp twice: in mid-October and at the end of the month. Since our last mission in August, we have worked tirelessly to the project of the water well for the camp. We have developed the project through many contacts, quotations, video calls and we have run a fundraising campaign. […]

MISSION IN TURKEY – AUGUST 2020

The Covid19 pandemic caused the closure of all borders. As a result, four months have passed since we last visited the camp. During this time we have been able to keep up our projects (food packs, wood and coal supply, monthly vouchers for the orphans in the camp and the families in the urban area) […]

MISSION IN TURKEY – FEBRUARY AND MARCH 2020

We leave at the end of February in a moment of deep uncertainty due to Covid19 world pandemic. It is me (Arianna) and Luca. We are not frightened by the situation, nevertheless before leaving we collect all the information necessary to ensure we have a safe journey and we don’t find ourselves unprepared. Malpensa airport […]

MISSION IN TURKEY JANUARY AND FEBRUARY 2020

In January and February the weather was cold and the children of the camp were all barefoot and had no jackets. Only me (Arianna) and Luca made it to the camp this time, but we managed to buy and distribute 2 tracks full of boots and jackets to more than 1000 children. The organisation of […]

MISSION 16-21 FEBRUARY 2021

We left from Milan taking all the precautions and safety measures imposed by Covid pandemic, still when we arrived we got stuck in Istanbul because of snow! We had to wait until 4 o’clock in the morning before we could leave for our destination.    It was me (Arianna) and Paolo Messina, a photographer. We […]

MISSION IN TURKEY OCTOBER 2020 – BUILDING THE WATER WELL

In October we go to the camp twice: in mid-October and at the end of the month. Since our last mission in August, we have worked tirelessly to the project of the water well for the camp. We have developed the project through many contacts, quotations, video calls and we have run a fundraising campaign. […]

MISSION IN TURKEY – AUGUST 2020

The Covid19 pandemic caused the closure of all borders. As a result, four months have passed since we last visited the camp. During this time we have been able to keep up our projects (food packs, wood and coal supply, monthly vouchers for the orphans in the camp and the families in the urban area) […]

MISSION IN TURKEY – FEBRUARY AND MARCH 2020

We leave at the end of February in a moment of deep uncertainty due to Covid19 world pandemic. It is me (Arianna) and Luca. We are not frightened by the situation, nevertheless before leaving we collect all the information necessary to ensure we have a safe journey and we don’t find ourselves unprepared. Malpensa airport […]

MISSION IN TURKEY JANUARY AND FEBRUARY 2020

In January and February the weather was cold and the children of the camp were all barefoot and had no jackets. Only me (Arianna) and Luca made it to the camp this time, but we managed to buy and distribute 2 tracks full of boots and jackets to more than 1000 children. The organisation of […]

MISSION IN TURKEY OCTOBER, NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER 2019

In the last months of 2019 we were able to go to Turkey regularly every month. In October the group was very cohesive: two doctors, one photographer and Elisabetta from Comitato Mahmud, responsible for the small school tent, the Rainbow Tent, where they organise recreational activities and the work of two local teachers. The weather […]

SMALL SCHOOL AT THE REFUGEES CAMP IN TURCHEY – October 22nd 2019

Situation Turkey hosts the largest number of Syrian refugees who fled from their country at the beginning of the war. According to UNCHR, 3.654.173 million refugees have registered at the Turkish government, while a vast amount of people live in the unstructured camps spread across the country. The region of Adana hosts one of those […]

MISSION IN TURKEY – September 2019

I write about this mission only three months after. I don’t know if this is good or not. Emotions settle down and change, but never leave you. It’s six years now that I (Arianna) go back and forth to the camps and sometimes I don’t know which direction to take in my life. Still I […]

MISSION IN TURKEY – August 2019

The mission in August is very particular and “full”. We have more time to think and go deep. This time Lidia is our only volunteer and she goes to the camp together with a friend of her. For an entire week they stay close to the border hosted by Majad (The Sons of War), who […]

Pizzata sotto le stelle…cadenti

Mission Moria – November 2018

A lot has been said about the Moira refugee camp in Lesbo Island (Greece). There are photoreports, reportages and not to forget some bitter disputes. Here, we would like to give a human scale significance to what we have seen and what we have been able to do during our visit there. We are a […]

Mission Turkey – October 2018

LIFE AT THE CAMP Yet another departure for another mission! I don't number them any longer, but I don't blur any of them and I don't forget any emotion they aroused . We left at dead of night to stay longer in the camp, already tired and worried, as usual. When you leave you bring [...]

Mission Turkey – June 2018

We already know that the missions at the Syrian border are always dangerous and difficult to plan. We need to set up things from Italy with the help of people and associations on  site as for  our safety and the distribution of food and first aid supplies. When we leave we already are aware that […]

Mission March 2018 -Turkey

BEYOND THE BORDER  –   Travel diary – by Lidia Boncoraglio MARCH 2018 The departure is always a moment full of emotions. The division of weight seems to be like an easy thing but   it consists of 120 kilos of food, clothing and games. Then we must try to plan everything though we are aware that […]

Mission June 2017 – Jordan

In the heat of May 2017, we were able to bring humanitarian aid to Jordan in the refugee camps of Al Mafraq, on the outskirts of Amman and finally to Zaatari. A total of 191 families were counted in poverty and discomfort.   This time with us came Dr. Andolina who for years has been [...]

Mission February 2017 – Iraq

In February 2017 we went to Iraq on our first mission there. The camp was situated a few kilometers from Mosul. Wlile approaching the camp we could see, in the distance, the smoke and we could hear the sounds of war. Someone, who works with our association, stayed there trying to understand how we could [...]

MISSION OCTOBER 2016 – TURKEY

“ARE THEY OURS? ” “ARE THEY MATTRESSES?” “BUT CAN WE KEEP THEM?” “AND CAN WE CHOOSE THE COLOUR?” “I, I, I WANT TO CARRY IT AND I WANT TO SHOW IT TO MY MUM!” “CAN I TAKE THE ONE WITH FLOWERS, THAT PINK ONE? AND MY SISTER THAT GREEN ONE, NO BLUE, NO SHE WANTS […]

MISSION AUGUST 2016 – JORDAN – SCHOOL MATERIAL DISTRIBUTION

How beautiful normality is! Wake up in the morning, hug mum and dad, be scolded because you are late and go to school. Going to school. Those lucky ones who can still embrace their mother and their father have had to renounce going to school for several years: which parent would send their child to [...]

MISSION JULY 2016 – TURKEY

Here is a brief account of the recently completed mission in July 2016 in the refugee camps which our volunteers have just visited. We report the food distribution, the distribution of stationery and the ‘twinning’ with some children in a Calabrian school who sent drawings and messages to their less fortunate peers.   Food Distribution […]

MISSION APRIL 2016 – TURKEY

Here we are back from the mission of April 2016, in which we carried out another distribution to the refugee camps that we follow in Turkey, along the Syrian border. Also this time around 160 families received a food package. All this was made possible thanks to the generous donation of the parish of the […]

MISSION JANUARY 2016 – TURKEY

After a postponement, which was necessary to obtain indispensable safety conditions for the volunteers, in January 2016 a new mission was successfully completed on the Turkish-Syrian border Our volunteers reached some self-managed Syrian refugee camps which are not followed by other international organizations or NGOs, located in the Turkish territory along the Syrian border, and [...]

MISSION OCTOBER 2015 – TURKEY

The beginning of each mission sees the pharmacy and the supermarket as the first stops. The employees and cashiers know who we are, they know why we are there and like every time, even this one, we came out with a huge amount of shopping that required 5 trolleys to be transported: 100 kg flour, [...]

Mission August 2015 – Turkey

La missione di Support and Sustain Children presso i profughi dislocati nelle piccole tendopoli lungo il confine turco-siriano si è appena conclusa, e i nostri volontari, dopo qualche lieve problema intestinale, sono rientrati nelle loro famiglie, sfiniti per la tensione e l’impegno ma anche carichi di soddisfazioni. Come sempre accade ad ogni rientro, ci si porta a [...]