A local cardiac physician has his heart devoted to helping Syrians.
Abdul Kawamleh, who practices cardiac medicine in Lake and Porter counties, is traveling Wednesday to the Middle East to bring supplies to Syrian refugees and assistance to medical facilities serving those who have fled Syria because of the ongoing conflict there.
Kawamleh, a native of Syria, is president of the Promise Relief and Human Development group, which provides aide to Syrian residents and refugees.
Two of the group's board members from Illinois will be traveling with Kawamleh, he said.
The three won't be heading inside Syria because of the dangers, Kawamleh said.
"It's very, very risky these days," he said.
One of the goals of the trip will be to determine the best ways for the Promise Relief and Human Development group to provide assistance inside Syria.
"We should not fail these people," Kawamleh said.
Promise Relief and Human Development has made previous trips to Syrian refugee camps in Jordan to provide coats, food and other assistance to refugees.
The group delivered 1,200 food baskets during its last visit. Kawamleh said each of the baskets supplied enough food to feed a family of seven for a month.
The group offers other ways to assist Syrians, including orphan sponsorship opportunities that help provide orphans with assistance for basic needs each month.
Through its medical program, Promise Relief and Human Development sponsors medical professionals who remain in Syria and work in makeshift or field hospitals.
The group also offers refugee assistance and food assistance programs.
Visit www.promiserelief.com for information about the Promise Relief and Human Development group.