Water supplies in the suburbs of Damascus were destroyed and an estimated 60,000 people were without water. GRI hired local Syrian staff and began to rebuild the entire 16-pump water system for the population of this suburb. We provided massive generators, new pipes and pump repairs. Work had to be done in secret as there was a constant threat of bombs and aerial attacks. Upon completion, truck mounted generators would run each pump in the city so people could receive enough water to last them until the trucks could come again a few days later.
In the midst of the water project, GRI learned of the plight of 520 orphans who had survived a chemical weapons attack, but had nowhere to live. GRI worked with its staff in Syria to find homes for these children and to provide their life needs on a monthly basis so that host families would be able to integrate them into their homes.