Syrian Refugee Relief Fund

by GlobalGiving
The shore in Lesbos | Photo courtesy of IsraAID
The shore in Lesbos | Photo courtesy of IsraAID

Last week, we shared how your donations are making a difference on a large scale to help more than a dozen organizations in the Syrian Refugee Relief fund provide care to refugees. This week we wanted to give you the opportunity to meet the people, refugees and volunteers alike, whom your donations are impacting.

3,000 Refugees Arriving in Lesbos Each Day

This past year, 4.2 million refugees have fled their homes in Syria,  with hundreds of thousands seeking refuge  through the small Greek island of Lesbos.

The needs of refugees arriving vary from immediate medical aid to psychosocial support for families upon arrival. As the number of Syrian refugees arriving in Greece in 2015 started steadily rising, IsraAID quickly mobilized a team of volunteers to help on the shores. You can see a video account from Lesbos here.

Dr. Iris Adler and Melek Abu-Grara, have been on the front lines in Lesbos for months, tending to the immediate needs of refugees and bearing witness to heartbreaking tragedies and incredible miracles—sometimes both in the same day.

This past October, Abu-Grara and Dr. Adler spent a night with a grieving mother, who had lost her 8-month-old son earlier that day. Even after the long night of sorrow, they both went straight back to work in the morning; tending to the refugees arriving on rafts and boats from Turkey. Though the day started with sadness, it ended with joy as Dr. Adler and Malek assisted a Syrian woman who gave birth to a beautiful baby boy on the beach in Lesbos, hundreds of miles from her home. Alongside the IsraAID team, Dr. Adler and Abu-Grara tended to the new mother and her son, ensuring she and the newborn were safe until an ambulance arrived.

The Long Road From Syria to Serbia

2,500 kilometers: that’s how far 10-year-old Abdul walked in four months after fleeing his home and leaving his family behind in Syria to reach safety in Belgrade.

In Pomoc Deci’s latest update, Abdul recounted his journey, “My parents remained in Damascus to take care of my brothers and sisters. My father told me to go to Germany and he would find me there.”

Whether or not Adbul will be reunited with his family remains uncertain. "I'm afraid bombs might kill them. In my country is a war, it's horrible. I keep asking myself whether I would see them again. And if I get to Germany, would they manage to find me there," said Abdul.

Since arriving in Serbia, Abdul has found companionship among the older refugees, who have taken him under their wing and will be making the move towards Germany together. Even though Abdul is without his family, he has remained courageous and resilient in this time of overwhelming chaos.

As the Syrian refugee crisis worsens, stories similar to Adbul’s are becoming more and more common. Thankfully, high-impact organizations like Pomoc Deci and IsraAID are continuously working to provide the immediate aid and necessities refugees arriving in neighboring countries.

In 2015, your donations have helped courageous children like Abdul, they’ve provided new mothers with immediate medical care, and will continue to make a lasting impact into the new year. From the bottom of our hearts at GlobalGiving, we wanted say thank you, for both making a contribution and taking the time to learn about the escalating crisis in Syria.

Abdul in Serbia | Photo courtesy of Pomoc Deci
Abdul in Serbia | Photo courtesy of Pomoc Deci
Photo by 3 Generations
Photo by 3 Generations

As we get further into the cold months of winter, harsh temperatures and heavy snowfall make life even more difficult for refugees coming to Europe from Syria and elsewhere.  Your generous donations have helped support many organizations working to support this population during this difficult time.  Our most recent round of grants supported 15 organizations working throughout Europe to ensure that these refugees have a safe place to sleep, eat and learn.  You can read more about how your donations are being put to work with each organizaiton below:

  • Ana and Vlade Divac Foundation - To provide food, hygiene packages, baby formula, and children's New Year's gift packages to refugees at four entry-exit points in Serbia.
  • Bridge to Turkiye Fund - To provide storybooks, Turkish-Arabic-English dictionaries, school bags and supplies, language, vocational, and other general education at community centers,  and to sponsor language and art classes for refugee children and their mothers living outside of refugee camps in Turkey.
  • Days for Girls International - To provide menstrual hygiene kits to women and girls in Beirut's refugee camps.
  • Do Your Part, Inc - To support the Moria refugee camp in Greece with winter-proof housing, heaters, emergency supplies, and long-term volunteers.
  • International Humanistic Psychology Association - To conduct two 7-day disaster health care field clinics, to support a residential facility for 35+ refugee families; and to train and supervise 50 local direct service providers.
  • IMCRA- To create and disseminate eight, local-language medical education and reference resources that are easy to access and interactive, for families, patients and professional caregivers dealing with trauma-related medical crises.
  • Internews - To improve the quality of timely and actionable information reaching refugees attempting to enter Europe in order to reduce their vulnerability and improve protection outcomes.
  • IsraAID - To provide psychological First Aid for refugees, and capacity-building and supervision for social workers, police, army, and NOs working with refugees in camps and public centers.
  • JEN - To publish a magazine for and by Syrians living in refugee camps in Jordan.
  • Middle East Children's Alliance - To distribute warm clothes to 500 refugee children, 50 liters of gas to 1,000 families, and food and hygiene vouchers to 300 families.
  • Near East Foundation - To create home-based businesses, support urban agriculture, develop networks of entrepreneurship, support financial literacy, and create savings and loan associations and savings accounts for Syrian refugees in Lebanon and Jordan.
  • Open Learning Exchange, Inc. - To train 12 Syrian women coaches, provide 250 digital tablets, and allow 1,200 Tiger Girls to participate in team-based learning and quality education in the Zaatari Refugee Camp.
  • Pomoc Deci- To provide 100 relief packages for unaccompanied minors, and support one team for psychosocial support for children at refugee camps in four countries for three months.
  • RED International - To distribute food and hygiene kits to Syrian refugees and Iraqi internally displaced persons (IDPs).
  • 3 Generations - To promote a feature-length documentary and educational exchange about the global Syrian refugee crisis.

Thank you again for your generous support.  We will continue to update you of the impact your donations are making for refugee families.

 

Photo by JEN
Photo by JEN
Photo by Ana and Vlade Divac Foundation
Photo by Ana and Vlade Divac Foundation
Photo courtesy of Middle East Children
Photo courtesy of Middle East Children's Alliance

With your help, GlobalGiving partners have been supporting Syrian refugees for several years. The world’s eyes and ears are finally turning toward the crisis. An estimated 4 million people, half of them children, have fled to neighboring countries, and 7.4 million people are internally displaced. This is one of the worst humanitarian crises of our time.

GlobalGiving donors like you have committed to supporting these refugees with immediate rescue efforts and long-term support to help the displaced individuals and families rebuild their lives.

We need your help now more than ever. Now is the time to give and to encourage others who care about this crisis to help. Thank you for assisting during this staggering crisis.

Photo courtesy of Middle East Children
Photo courtesy of Middle East Children's Alliance
Photo courtesy of Mercy Corps
Photo courtesy of Mercy Corps

Dear GlobalGivers,

 

Thank you for your continued support for Relief for Syrian Refugees Fund. The winter in Syria, Lebanon, and Jordan has been particularly harsh. Millions of displaced Syrians have been blanketed by snow or buffeted by strong winds and rain. Luckily, many projects have been able to alleviate some of the suffering thanks to your generous donations.

 

The Mercy Corps team has been working hard to keep families warm in two of Jordan’s refugee camps. They have been providing heaters and distributing coats, shoes and warm boots to children in the Zaatari camp. MercyCorps’ dozen child-friendly spaces have remained open, serving as great spots for families to shelter from the cold and regain a sense of normalcy in their lives. Each day, hundreds of children meet at these spots to play, take dance or martial arts classes, exercise at the gym, or learn computer skills.

 

Relief Internationalhas continued its excellent work spreading its Accelerated Learning Program to 24 schools, 5 learning centers, and more than 7,000 children across northern Lebanon.  One of the students that RI has helped is 12-year-old Zeinab.* She was a distinguished student in Syria, but the trauma of the war and the memories of her ruined home impeded her ability to concentrate on school work. Relief International’s tireless staff works with Zeinab and students like her to help them regain their interest in education and move towards a brighter future

 

Oxfam America expanded its operations by teaming up with the Syrian Ministry of Water Resources and UNICEF to provide clean water to millions of Syrians. They brought clean water to people in Syria by repairing water systems, building wells, and importing generators to power water treatment plants. Meanwhile, they have distributed clean drinking water, relief supplies like blankets and stoves for warmth, and legal and /human rights advice.

 

As one refugee working with the World Food Program USA stated, “Hunger doesn’t just destroy your body. It destroys your soul, your mind and your faith in the world.” That is why World Food Program USA has continued their work dispensing food vouchers to Syrians in need. They have met the food needs of 4 million displaced people inside Syria and almost 1.8 million refugees in neighboring countries.

 

Despite their success, WFP was unable to provide food vouchers to 1.7 million Syrians due to lack of funding. This means that there is still more to do! Please consider donating to the fund again, or set up a recurring donation. Your donations will help keep a Syrian child healthy, happy, and warm.

Thank you so much for your continued support!

Snowy conditions in Jordan. Courtesy of Mercy Corp
Snowy conditions in Jordan. Courtesy of Mercy Corp
Trying to stay warm. Courtesy of Mercy Corps
Trying to stay warm. Courtesy of Mercy Corps
Girls collect water. Courtesy of OXFAM
Girls collect water. Courtesy of OXFAM
Children dancing, photo courtesy of Mercy Corps
Children dancing, photo courtesy of Mercy Corps

Greetings from GlobalGiving! Thank you for your generous donations to the GlobalGiving Syrian Refugee Relief Fund. Your donations are helping refugees to receive services to help them have better livelihoods and hope amidst this refugee crisis. Below are updates on a few of the activities that your funds have helped to support the refugees of Syria.

Oxfam America has been working in Jordan and Lebanon to provide clean water, sanitation facilities and cash assistance to vulnerable families to afford food and basic goods. In Syria, Oxfam has partnered with the Syrian Ministry of Water Resources, UNICEF, and other aid providers in order to supply clean drinking water through generators that are powering water-treatment plants.

An additional 12 classrooms have been successfully constructed in four schools in Irbid, Mafraq and Zarqa in Jordan by Japan Emergency NGO (JEN). Unfortunately, school hours have been reduced for children because there are so many Syrian and Jordanian children attending the local schools. The Jordanian Ministry of Education has taken a double shift system, where twice the amount of children are spending only half days at school, in order to accommodate the influx of children in the school system. JEN continues to repair water facilities and build additional classrooms to improve the learning environment in Jordan.

Mercy Corps has created a Shabab Littagheer, or youth center, at the Za’atari refugee camp in Jordan that has provided young refugees access to martial arts, fine arts, a gym, computer classes and training in skills such as communication and leadership. The amenities at the youth center give the young Syrian refugees a safe place and opportunity to enjoy their youth in a time of crisis.

As the Syrian war continues to wage on, your contributions are as important as ever. Thank you for your support of the relief work that is being provided to the Syrian refugees who are far from home and just looking to live peaceful lives again.

Water tanks, photo courtesy of Oxfam America
Water tanks, photo courtesy of Oxfam America
Clean water, photo courtesy of Oxfam America
Clean water, photo courtesy of Oxfam America
Children outside of school, photo courtesy of JEN
Children outside of school, photo courtesy of JEN

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Britt Lake
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