Syrian Refugee Relief Fund

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Syrian Refugee Relief Fund
Syrian Refugee Relief Fund
Syrian Refugee Relief Fund
Syrian Refugee Relief Fund
Syrian Refugee Relief Fund
Syrian Refugee Relief Fund
Syrian Refugee Relief Fund
Syrian Refugee Relief Fund
Syrian Refugee Relief Fund
Syrian Refugee Relief Fund
Syrian Refugee Relief Fund
Syrian Refugee Relief Fund
Syrian Refugee Relief Fund
Syrian Refugee Relief Fund
Photo from Gruppo Aleimar Onlus
Photo from Gruppo Aleimar Onlus

This fall, the number of Syrian refugees registered with the UNHCR climbed to an all-time high of 5.3 million, with more than 450,000 people living in camps. While the Islamic State has seen its hold on Syrian territory slip away in recent months, fighting between government and opposition forces has continued, leading to even more civilians seeking safety outside of Syria.  

Since our last update, your generous donations have supported 57 projects by 46 of our vetted nonprofit partners in 12 countries. In response to the massive scope of the crisis, you've helped to fund a wide range of relief work, from emergency assistance to families who've just fled the violence in Syria to holistic support for long-term residents of sprawling refugee camps in the Middle East and Europe.

You can read project reports from all of our partners assisting Syrian refugees on our website, but today I'd like highlight three high-impact projects, each based in the same country but tackling three different challenges facing refugees, that you've helped fund in 2017.

In Lebanon, a country of six million residents and currently home to more than a million Syrian refugees, employment opportunities for refugees are scarce and often risky. Because of their legal status, it's not uncommon for refugees to go unpaid for their work or be denied workplace rights afforded to Lebanese citizens. For many refugee families, this economic insecurity leads to food insecurity. Gruppo Aleimar Onlus, an Italian NGO working in the outskirts of Beirut, runs several community kitchens and thanks to support from GlobalGiving donors like you, has been able to expand their meals program from two to four days a week, and are now providing 4,800 free, nutritious meals each month to families in need.

The psychological toll of being forced to leave your old life behind in search of a safe haven may not be immediately visible but cannot be ignored. Staff from the International Association for Human Values in Tripoli, Lebanon are addressing this issue by reaching out to the large refugee community in and around the city and offering free psychosocial support. They've run 23 stress relief and resilience workshops for 775 children so far this year, and are planning to expand the program to reach 6,000 children and 1,500 parents and caregivers over the next three years. Responses from the children participating in the workshops, which you can read more of in a recent project report, have been really touching. Hassan, a fourth-grade boy, said he was thankful for the workshops because now, in his words, "I don't beat my friends or get angry with them. Even whenever I get angry then I do the breathing then I make up with them and love them all my life."

Under the best of circumstances, the experience of childbirth is no walk in the park—just ask any mother. In a refugee camp, where there is often no access to maternal and neonatal care, the ordeal can become especially traumatic. With 41% of Syrian refugee households in Lebanon having an expecting or new mother, Global One 2015 has launched a program they’re calling Box for Life to improve maternal and infant health. While it's modeled on the well-known baby box distributed to all new mothers in Finland, the Box for Life is tailored to the needs of mothers and children living in refugee camps. It includes essential items like nutritional and oral rehydration supplements, reusable diapers, breastfeeding supplements, sanitary pads and an insect net. The box itself doubles as a crib for newborns. Global One 2015's first Box of Life distribution is happening this month, with 115 new and expecting mothers receiving kits. The organization has also begun training 10 women in basic midwifery skills and another 10 women in sewing reusable diapers.

These are just three of the myriad stories your support has made possible, from just one of the 12 countries where our partners are currently operating. As I mentioned earlier, you can read all the project reports from our partners responding to the Syrian refugee crisis on our website. If you do, I think you’ll be inspired by the depth and breadth of the vital relief work that’s been done and is still underway.

I'll be back in your inbox in January to share a new update on the progress being made. Until then, thank you again for your generous support. 

Warmly,
Britt Lake + the GlobalGiving Team

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Photo from International Assoc. for Human Values
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Since the outbreak of the civil war in Syria, we’ve partnered with organizations who work closely with refugee communities and respond to their needs as they see and understand them. Some of the organizations provide for immediate needs like food and shelter, and others serve longer-term needs, like addressing the causes of the crisis, or tackling the long-term social and psychological suffering that is taking place because of civil war and displacement.

3 Generations is a nonprofit that is addressing the longer-term issues related to this crisis. They document stories of human rights abuses through film and enable survivors of crimes against humanity to record their experiences as an act of healing, a call to action and to create historical evidence. Their new film, “Lost In Lebanon”, promotes improved understanding of the refugee crisis, and is drawing attention to the need for focused action.

Thanks in part to support from our Syrian Refugee Relief Fund, 3 Generations was able to finalize production on “Lost in Lebanon” and the film is being featured during Human Rights Watch’s film festival—you can watch the trailer now. Some of the funding for the film even went to employ Syrian refugees who helped with production.

And if you’re in New York City, you can see the film in person! Screenings of Lost in Lebanon will be June 15 and 17, and you can buy tickets online in advance. Donors to the Syrian Refugee Relief Fund even get discounted tickets. Here are the instructions for receiving your discount:

  • For the screening at the IFC Center on June 15, select “HRW SUBSCRIBER” rate tickets upon checkout online or at the box office.
  • For the screening at the Film Society of Lincoln Center on June 17, select the “AFFILIATE” rate either online or at the box office for your discount.

Stay tuned for our World Refugee Day campaign on June 20, when we’ll be matching donations at 100% to projects supported by the Syrian Refugee Relief Fund. We have $50,000 to give away in just one day, so plan ahead and choose your favorite project to support on World Refugee Day!

Thank you for your support and dedication to Syrian refugees. We hope to see you in New York!

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Bread from Mercy Corps
Bread from Mercy Corps

As the Syrian civil war shows no sign of slowing down, it has become increasingly dangerous for humanitarian aid organizations to safely continue their work within Syria. As a result, the number of aid workers has dwindled. Many are refocusing their efforts on Syrian refugees outside of Syria, in places like Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq, Turkey, Greece, and throughout Europe. We’re proud to say that our partners have never wavered in their commitment to protecting Syrian refugees, wherever they are, by ensuring they have access to food, shelter, education, medical treatment, and all-around support.

Some of our partners have decided that their resources are best spent within Syria, showing an impressive dedication to the 7.4 million Syrians displaced within their own country. In the last few months alone, these organizations have faced immense challenges, but the support from the GlobalGiving community has strengthened their ability to help keep Syrian refugees safe.

Mercy Corps is feeding more than 100,000 Syrians near Aleppo by providing vouchers for something simple: bread, a staple in a typical Syrian diet. Mercy Corps is also importing flour for local bakeries so bakers can have reliable incomes.

Save the Children is on the front lines with emergency kits, food, blankets, and cash grants for families in Aleppo and Idlib. They were one of the first organizations to respond to Syrians fleeing Aleppo during the siege in December of 2016.

Syrian Forum USA is a new partner raising funds to deliver clothes, heating fuel, and blankets to those in Syria facing a harsh winter.

International Rescue Committee helped evacuate people from Aleppo during the December siege. Teams in Idlib addressed Syrians’ medical needs and provided food, shelter, and cash to desperate families.

CARE is renovating two water treatment plants near Aleppo. They are also providing food, hygiene and baby kits, dignity kits for the elderly, cash assistance, and kitchen sets for families displaced within Syria. CARE’s psychosocial support programs help Syrians cope with their experiences of war, trauma, and violence.  

Libraries Without Borders is another new GlobalGiving partner working with Yale School of Medicine to provide medical students in Aleppo with digital medical textbooks. By investing in Syria’s future doctors and nurses, we can avoid a lost generation of students and work toward a brighter future for Syria.

All of these projects—as well as those working with refugees outside of Syria—are benefitting from your support of the Syrian Refugee Relief Fund. No matter where the war takes Syria in the coming months, we are confident that the GlobalGiving community with continue to stand with refugees.

Thank you for your generosity in helping our partners heal, nourish, and protect Syrian refugees all over the world. With nearly 8,000 donors to the Syrian Refugee Relief Fund, including almost 150 people giving monthly, it’s no surprise that our partners are able to impact the lives of so many people.

Women in a CARE shelter
Women in a CARE shelter
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Photo by KID & FAMILY

Over the past two years, your donations to the Syrian Refugee Relief Fund have helped nonprofits on the ground in places like Greece, Lebanon, Jordan, and Turkey provide immediate relief to communities of refugees! Since our last report, two GlobalGiving staff members, Emily and Rachel, visited three of the projects benefitting from your donations! Today we want to share with you the impactful work our staff travelers witnessed on their trip in Greece. You can also get to know the powerful individual stories they encountered in “Tea for Refugees” here.

Their first stop was a visit to KID & FAMILY in Athens.

KID & FAMILY works to feed children and save as many lives as possible. They provide food, water, medical care, and personal essentials directly to the people as they arrive on the beaches of the islands. Emily and Rachel saw their gift shop stocked full of discounted everyday items and met with their volunteer psychologists working with children impacted psychologically by the war. You can hear more about the impact your donations are making for theses children by checking out their project reports.

Next the GlobalGiving team went to the Emfasis Foundation and were astounded by the compassion the foundation is showing the refugee community.

Emfasis focuses on allowing vulnerable refugee communities become independent. Their goal is to empower, coach, mentor, and provide resources to these people through a street outreach program targeting areas that may otherwise be overlooked. Emfasis’ current project focuses on healing through photography. You can learn more about their innovative programs and impact on their project page.

Finally, Emily and Rachel traveled to Risona, Greece and visited Echo100plus. 

Echo100plus mission is to provide everyday needs to refugees living in the camps. Our staff was able to see their work first hand in a camp that is home to 180 families. When a refugee arrives to the camp, Echo100plus provides a welcome packet that explains the layout of the camp, the hours of the meals, and when distributions for supplies occur. They are also provided with a tent, clothing, cooking utensils, and hygienic products. To learn more about how your are making an impact on families in the camp check out their project page.

Tea for Refugees” brings to life further how your donations are impacting those most greatly affected by the crisis. Thank you for your generosity and kindness!

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Since 2011, more than 4 million Syrians have fled to countries like Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, and Iraq. Millions more are displaced inside Syria. The situation within the country doesn’t seem to be improving, but your donations are helping to make the lives of refugee families a little easier.

Last week, your donation supported 16 organizations in their efforts to support refugees in Lebanon, Greece, Jordan, Turkey, Germany, Serbia and Iraq. Read more about the grants made below:

  • 3 Generations: To finish a feature film that follows four Syrian refugees displaced in Lebanon, as well as related short films.
  • Bridge to Turkiye Fund: To support education needs for Syrian refugee children aged 3-6 in Urfa, Turkey through production, distribution, and delivery of skill- development-focused education kits.
  • Circle of Health International: To support clinical volunteers, stock COHI's mobile pharmacy, and cover maintenance costs for the mobile clinic.
  • Community Foundation Cologne: To support the reFOODgees project, which connects refugees to each other and their community through cooking and sharing food.
  • Concern Worldwide: To map the existing services available to Syrian refugees in Turkey through the government, create a referral network to help people access these services, and expand an existing fund that fills gaps in services through e-vouchers or in-kind support.
  • Days for Girls International: To set up a sewing cooperative for Syrian refugee women in Lebanon.
  • Do Your Part: To provide supplies including seeds, cabinets, classroom tables, and cots in the Oinofyta refugee camp in Greece.
  • INSAN Association: To provide education and psychosocial support for Syrian refugees in one school and in three refugee camps.
  • International Humanistic Psychology Association: To support psychosocial care for refugees in Germany.
  • IsraAID: To support psychosocial care for refugees in Greece.
  • Middle East Children's Alliance: To cover the cost of sending a 40-foot container of donated medical supplies to Lebanon.
  • Near East Foundation: To help Syrian refugees achieve economic self-sufficiency and resilience in Jordan and Lebanon.
  • Open Learning Exchange:. To provide Arabic content and teachers on literacy, numeracy, and ESL in a library for Syrian refugee girls.
  • Pomoc deci: To provide psychosocial support and basic humanitarian aid to refugee children and their parents in camps in Serbia, Macedonia, Greece, and Turkey.
  • RED International: To support food and hygiene kit distributions to Syrian refugees and internally displaced people in Iraq.
  • Refugees International Japan: To provide preschool education to 110 Syrian refugee children in Lebanon.


We’ll update you in the coming months on the positive change these organizations are having on the lives of refugees in Europe and the Middle East.  Thank you for doing your part to make the world a better place!

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