Over three years later, there is still work to be for the refugees in Syria. GlobalGiving has had the pleasure of distributing funds to some amazing partner organizations including Mercy Corps, World Food Program, and Relief International. Our partners, along with on-the-ground, local organizations, have provided emergency relief and recovery to the Syrian refugees. We would like to thank our partner organizations, as well as our donors, for all of your help and passion for this cause these past three years. Here are some updates from our partners:
Through its project Provide Relief for Syrian Refugees, Mercy Corps is working to better the lives of the youth affected by the Syrian Civil War. Since the beginning of the project, Mercy Corps has helped 2.5 million individuals recover from the trauma. In their latest report, Mercy Corps thanked donors for providing funds to purchase food, clothing, water, and other necessities to the refugees. Currently, this project is working with the youth to help them escape the normal life and thoughts of a victim of war and tragedy. These youth are taking part in different projects and activities through the community in order to develop different social and life skills. As a result of the Syrian Crisis, 68% of child refugees were taken out of school, and they are missing opportunities to develop mentally and socially. Through the different programs Mercy Corps provides, these children are given a second chance, and that second chance is all because of donors like you!
Many local organizations are working with our partners to fight the cause as well. World Food Program is working with 23 Syrian organizations, as well as the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC), to provide food necessities to refugees. Already, World Food Program and its partners have fed over three million Syrian refugees, and they predict they will feed upwards of four million by October of this year! All this work is inspired and taken on by actual victims of the crisis in Syria. One woman in particular, named Rawda, is one of 155 World Food Program aid workers in Syria, who stayed in her war-torn country to help her family and other refugees. She is in the front line of aid workers, delivering food directly to those in need. It takes her three hours to commute, with countless checkpoints along the way. Without Rawda, half of the Syrian population that is food insecure would not receive the help they need. Rawda brings a unique perspective to this work, since she is a survivor herself. Rawda, and the other 155 World Food Program staff in Syria, help deliver 40,000 tons of food every month. You, along with Rawda, are changing the lives of Syrian refugees without food.
Lastly, Relief International took part in a global vigil in March to commemorate the three-year anniversary of the Syrian crisis. This vigil, a part of the #WithSyria campaign, consisted of people from all around the world standing together to shine a light in honor of Syrian victims and survivors. Unfortunately, Relief International was sad to report that in April, Lebanon registered its one millionth Syrian refugee. Currently, according to RI’s report, roughly 25% of Lebanon’s population is made up of these refugees. To help all those affected, RI is working with displaced families and children to provide them with new homes and opportunities. One of these opportunities includes RI’s Accelerated Learning Program, which is now operating in 24 schools and five learning centers for 7,000 children. RI’s latest report highlighted one of the many beneficiaries of the Accelerated Learning Program. Zeinab, a victim of the Syrian crisis, used to be a star student prior to the civil war. While her studies may have been affected as a result of the trauma she endured, RI is not giving up on her. With your help, RI’s Accelerated Learning Program will put Zeinab and many more children back on track to a brighter future.
None of these great efforts from these organizations would be possible without the help of our donors. GlobalGiving sends our sincerest thanks to each and every one of you who has taken the time to learn about the Syrian Crisis and give back to the cause. Three years later, more and more individuals and families are receiving the help they need in order to recover from such tragedy. It is up to us to give these people the new homes and futures they deserve.
Thank you to everyone who continues to support the on-going recovery efforts in Tohoku. Your donations helped to continue to bring attention to these recovery efforts through a matching campaign at the three-year anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami. Matching campaigns of this magnitude do not come around often, but it was well worth it for this cause. Overall, $102,336 funds were raised from 783 unique donors! Out of the 32 projects that took part in this matching day, the top three performing projects all raised over $9,000 each without matching. Here are some updates from these organizations:
The Taylor Anderson Memorial Fund’s project Help Students, Families and Schools Recover raised $24,634 from 314 unique donors, making the final fundraising total, with matching, $49,203! This project is working to provide a public library and help the Asahigaoka Gakuen Children’s Home in Kesennuma. In the Fund’s latest report, donors were informed that over 100 books were donated by Ambassador Kennedy to the Taylor Anderson Reading Corner last November. Additionally, for the past three winters, the Taylor Anderson Memorial Fund has provided children at the orphanage in Kesennuma with Christmas presents and other gifts through a Christmas Wish program. All gifts were tailored to each specific child, and there was even a party where the children performed on stage for each other. While the project has not been fully funded yet, the organization wishes to thank all of its incredibly gracious donors. They would not have been able to raise nearly $50,000 in one day without you!
Fukushima Kids Executive Committee has been able to send children to Hokkaido through the project Bring Smiles to 500 Children of Fukushima. Through the Matching Day, Fukushima Kids was able to raise $12,920 from 25 unique donors, rounding out to a total of $24,840 including matching! Since the tragedy, Fukushima Kids has helped over 3,200 children escape to Hokkaido to relax and play outside, instead of being trapped in the disaster-stricken Fukushima. The organization has seen great improvement in the children who have participated in the program, and many wish “when I become an adult, I want to repay the favor to the people who helped me”. Keiko, a mother two, feels so touched that so many around the world have helped Fukushima survivors like herself. She says because of the program, she is no longer “caught in the bitterness of a victim mentality”.
Academy Camp’s project School of Fun for Children in Fukushima also performed very well in the Matching Day. In just one day, Academy Camp raised $9,120 from 51 unique donors, and $18,200 in total! Similar to Fukushima Kids’ work, Academy Camp strives to help the children of Fukushima who are forced to stay indoors because of the disaster aftermath. This project brings roughly 40 children of all ages to areas with lower radiation to allow them to play, learn, and team-build all outside. In their latest report, Academy Camp told the story of a student volunteer from the last camp on Lake Inawashiro, Fukushima. The student described how they all learned how to use an AED and do chest compressions for someone who is choking. They also went out in E-boats on the lake and experienced the beautiful outdoors. The student ended the report by saying “I hope that more people will know about this camp and share the enjoyment with a large number of people together.” Thanks to donors like you, these kids continue to have meaningful experiences they might not otherwise have had a chance to have.
Because of these three organizations, many affected children and families have been able to recover from the travesty of the Japan earthquake and tsunami three years ago. Even though it has been three years, there is still much more work to be done to improve the lives of these individuals. All of this progress, however, would not be possible without all of you - keep up the great work!
Its been over a year since the Moore, Oklahoma Tornado rocked the lives of hundreds and took the lives of 25. The strong people of Moore have united together to fight adversity and challenges from the aftermath of this disaster and have been able to do so with your help! Over the past year, some of our partner organizations have worked tirelessly to provide relief efforts and a helping hand in this time of need. Here are a few projects your donations have been able to fund:
Architecture for Humanity’s project Rebuild Moore - Oklahoma Tornado Reconstruction has worked for the past year to rebuild resources in Moore, including community centers, youth centers, public sports facilities, and centers for the elderly. Recently, Architecture for Humanity worked with a program developed by the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management (OEM) in cooperation with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The program consisted of several sessions for training architects, engineers, and other professionals in order to better prepare schools in the area for future disasters. One participant, Tommy Stewart, spoke positively of the program and said “rather than what happened, we were taught to think about what could happen”. This forward thinking will allow more Oklahoma schools to find and/or create refuge areas.
Another hard-working organization over the past year has been Do Your Part, Inc. They have worked to provide fencing, an uninsured item, and personal needs to all the people and animals affected by the tornado. In their latest report, Do Your Part introduced the Hillian family’s goat farm, which lost all of its fencing and support a year ago. As a result of all of your generous donations, the farm is up and running again. The goats are secured because of new fencing, and the family can begin to live a normal life. Do Your Part wanted donors to know the Hillian family personally thanks each and every one of you! Do Your Part continues to replace and repair lost items of survivors, and residents are beginning to move into new homes with these items.
Lastly, Save the Children was one of the first responders to the disaster, jumping in to help just twenty hours after the tornado struck! With your help, Save the Children was able to fund Child-Friendly Spaces, providing affected children with safe places to play in again. Through this project, Save the Children supported 26 child-care programs and partnered with four YMCA camps. One example of this work included sending five-year-old Colton and ten-year-old Codey to a YMCA summer camp. With your help, Save the Children reached over 5,200 individuals and 2,073 children!
Even a year later, there is still more work to be done to undo the damages of the Moore, Oklahoma Tornado. The community, however, has come so far with the help of your generosity and care. Hope is being restored in Moore, and we have you to thank. Keep up the great work!