Project Edan™ is the charity of the official Peter Wingfield Fan Club. All content and images (except where noted) on this Web site are copyright © 1995-2010 PWFC. No permission is granted to post photos or information to any other Web site or blog without written permission from Project Edan. Project Edan Corner As most of you probably know, Peter has decided to join his UVM classmates once again to run in the KeyBank Vermont City Marathon and Relay.  I hope to see many of you there as we gather to cheer Peter on in his 26.2 mile trek through the beautiful Burlington countryside.  Although I'm not sure at this time, I anticipate Peter will have a page up once again to join the UVM College of Medicine Marathon team's fundraising efforts in support of Steps to Wellness, a medically based rehabilitation and research program that serves the unique needs of Cancer Survivors and is located at the Vermont Cancer Center.  Stay tuned for updates. Donations to Project Edan for the year so far total $2,427.00.  I would like to join Peter in thanking everyone for your overwhelming generosity and continued support of Project Edan.  Together, we are helping UNICEF make a difference in the lives of children in desperate need.   I'm sure we've all seen the news - childhood under fire in the escalating crisis in Syria. The conflict is affecting all aspects of children's lives.  From the very beginning of the crisis, children have been the forgotten victims of Syria's horrendous war - facing death, trauma and suffering, and deprived of basic humanitarian aid.  Children are increasingly being put directly in harm's way as they are being recruited by armed groups and forces.  Children as young as eight have been used as human shields. Today, nearly 2 million children are in need of assistance.  Six months into the conflict, 1,000 people were dying each month; now, it is 5,000 people each month.   In areas where the fighting is most intense, access to water has fallen by two-thirds resulting in increased skin and respiratory diseases, while one in five schools has been destroyed, damaged, or is being used to shelter displaced families.   Classes that still function are sometimes crammed with as many as 100 children.  Hospitals and health centers have been wrecked and their skilled staff has fled. Children and young people account for 50% of all refugees crossing into Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey. They bear the scars of physical violence as well as its psychological repercussions.  Severe winter conditions in the region have brought new difficulties for hundreds of thousands of refugees and other forcibly displaced people. Issue 66- 2nd Quarter 2013 And the stories from the field are heartbreaking: "We were all scared. Because of the shelling, we were hiding in the bathroom and the kitchen. The shelling happened every day for a while… Every day, in the evening.  This is what I remember of Syria. No, nothing good, no good memories. I remember how my uncle and my grandmother died, because I saw it… What do I remember of Syria? Blood. This is it."   - Noor, 8 years old "Once, armed men chased us. They shot at the three of us and it hit the ground near my foot so I jumped. It hit below my foot and it touched my shoe but I kept running."    Nidal, 6 years old "We had to stay in one room, all of us… I watched my father leave, and watched as my father was shot outside our home… I started to cry, I was so sad. We were living a normal life, we had enough food… Now, we depend on others. Everything changed for me that day."   Yasmine, 12 years old Deprived of food, water, healthcare; denied safety; their homes and communities destroyed; in a war being fought ferociously throughout the country, children above all are paying the price.  And as they lose their childhoods . . . as their right to be children is denied . . . their views of their neighbors are colored in ways that can create future generations of self- perpetuating violence.  Since the start of the crisis, the response by UNICEF and its partners has focused on providing drinking water and sanitation, health, education and child protection services to families displaced inside Syria and to refugee populations across the region.  Your continued support through Project Edan is helping UNICEF provide life-saving assistance for Syrian children and their families. Bev Shihara Project Edan Director UNICEF Photo UNICEF Photo