epa05185166 A photograph made available on 28 February 2016 shows Syrian woman, Buthayna (back-L) sitting with her children, Heba (back-R), Abdo (C), and Yasser (R) at their home in the Damascus district of al-Qaboon, Syria, 22 February 2016. The woman, Buthayna, 27, also known as Om Abdo, has three children; Heba, Abdo and Yasser. She used to live with her husband in Harsta, eastern Ghouta. The husband disappeared four year ago in the ongoing conflict in Syria. She does not know if he was killed or arrested. Abdo, 12, has Down syndrome. The daughter Heba, 14, had to leave school to take care of Abdo. Yasser is the only child who goes to school. Buthayna is the sole breadwinner of the family and works at a clothes factory. They live in a small place. She complains the prices are too expensive in Qaboon compared to Damascus. EPA/MOHAMMED BADRA Fot. PAP/EPA
Caritas Poland has launched a "Families for Families" aid programme for Syrian refugee families. Under the scheme private donors, parishes, dioceses and religious communities will be able to donate money for needy families in Lebanon and Syria.
Under the programme donors will pledge aid to a chosen family over a six-month period, the donations will be paid monthly onto a special account.
Polish Episcopate head Stanislaw Gadecki said the scheme was mainly addressed to Catholic communities in Poland willing to help refugees in the Middle East. (PAP)