Rebuilding Syria – Brick by Brick

Penny Appeal’s £2,000 Syrian Homes

After over a decade of brutal war and persecution, an estimated 6.8 million Syrians have been made refugees. A further 6.7 million are internally displaced and dependent on humanitarian aid, making this the world's largest refugee and displacement crisis of our lifetimes. As the war ravages on, Syrian families are in desperate need of finding safety and security. This year, Penny Appeal are working with our partners on the ground, inside Syria itself, to re-settle Syrian families in our unique £2,000 Syrian Homes.

“Verily, the believers are like bricks of a building, each part strengthening the other.” Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ)


Your kindness is their shelter. Your generosity is their protection. In northwest Syria, more than a million people are living in temporary camps, suffering through extreme weather conditions, without income or work and without enough clean water. Most of these people are living in tents which are ill-equipped to protect them from hot summers and cold winters (as well as natural disasters such as floods) leading to many deaths in the camps every year.

Save the life of a displaced Syrian family by building them a home they can call their own.


Dedicate a Syrian Home in memory of a loved one

Your Penny Appeal £2,000 Syrian Home will be built with a plaque on the exterior, which can bear an inscription of your choosing. You might choose to add your own name, the name of a family member, a hadith – the choice is yours.

Why not do something incredible and build a Penny Appeal £2,000 Syrian Home in celebration of a departed loved one? Let their memory live on in the form of a life-saving shelter for our Syrian brothers and sisters.

FAQs

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How many people will be housed by the Syrian Home I build?

It will vary, but the homes are being built with families of 6 people in mind.

How long will it take to build the Syrian Home?

Approximately twelve months, insha’Allah. Working inside Syria is met with many logistical challenges, so we can only offer an approximation and do our best to complete the homes as early as possible.

How much does it cost to build a Syrian Home?

It costs £2,000 to build the home. You can also opt to pay £167 per month for a period of twelve months.

Can I use my Zakat to build a Syrian Home?

Yes, our Penny Appeal £2,000 Syrian Homes are Zakat applicable.

What can I put on the plaque?

The home will be built with a plaque on the exterior, which can bear an inscription of your choosing. You might choose to add your own name, the name of a family member, a dedication in memory of a departed loved one, a hadith, or similar.

How are the locations for the homes chosen?

The homes are being built in a Syrian village where we have acquired suitable land and permissions for building. We are working with a partner organisation who has strong links to the local area and knowledge of the local communities.

Furthermore, our partner organisation runs a medical point in the village where they provide health services, vaccinations, and psychosocial support, in addition to care for children with learning difficulties.

Can I make a regular payment?

Yes, small payments made regularly add up to a big difference – this is the Penny Appeal way. You can set up an affordable monthly Direct Debit and help us build homes for just pennies per day. Automatic, monthly payments are the most efficient way to support Penny Appeal as they reduce the cost of administration. Regular commitments allow us to plan ahead and ensure that we have a reliable source of income to provide support and empower development.

I can no longer afford the monthly payment. What can I do?

Please get in touch with us before cancelling your monthly payment as we could reduce the amount so that you can still help us provide life-saving aid. It also helps if you tell us first so that we can update our records.

Why should I Gift Aid my payment?

It really helps us if you can Gift Aid your donation – it increases the value of your donation by 25%. If you are a UK taxpayer, selecting to 'Gift Aid' your donation (either by checking the box online or ticking the box on a paper donation form) will make it worth more to us at no extra cost to you.

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The tax reclaimed will be used to help fund the administration costs of the charity so that more of your actual donation can go directly to those in need.

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