The Syrian crisis is now in its eighth year. Today, over 13 million Syrians need humanitarian assistance. More than six million are displaced internally and about five million are refugees outside of Syria. The global refugee crisis we are facing today shows no sign of abating. In fact, it continues to grow worse, and as recent elections in the US and the UK reveal, immigration and refugees continue to be the hot button issue. In this climate, it’s vitally important to reveal the humanity of the refugees themselves.
Founded in 2005, RefugePoint’s mission is to provide lasting solutions for the world’s most vulnerable refugees. They address the critical and unmet needs of those who fall through the cracks of humanitarian assistance and have no other options for survival, with a focus on women, children, and urban refugees.
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The International Rescue Committee is a group highly rated by charity trackers and professionals that helps refugees at every juncture. The group has worked to set up a reception center on the Greek island of Lesbos, where many Syrians seeking refuge in Europe land after traversing the dangerous route — often on rubber dinghies — from Turkey. Beyond food and shelter, it also provides health care and protection services for women and children, and programs to help develop long-term job skills. The group also helps resettle refugees in cities across the United States.
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Oxfam America is helping provide Syrians in their home country — as well as in Jordan and Lebanon — with clean water, sanitation and other vital items. That might include cash and supplies like blankets and stoves, or vouchers for hygiene supplies. They are also helping families get information about their rights, while connecting them to medical and legal services. Individuals can earmark donations for the crises in the Middle East, though the organization said it is often best to give to its general fund, which enables it to be more nimble.
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Doctors Without Borders still has a limited presence in Syria, even after the abduction of some staff members in 2014 and the partial destruction of a medical facility in 2015 that killed seven people. The doctors also help refugees in neighboring countries including Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq. They have also operated search-and-rescue ships in the Mediterranean, which have rescued thousands of people attempting the voyage to Europe.
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Save the Children helps refugees in several ways, by providing emergency aid and health care and rebuilding damaged classrooms and supporting schools, inside Syria and in neighboring countries. The organization supports schools and health care facilities and runs child-friendly spaces for children affected by the conflict, offering them a sense of normalcy.
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Mercy Corps works to supply basic needs in Syria, where its help reaches over 470,000 people each month, and elsewhere, including emergency food, clean water, sanitation and stable shelters. Among the 1,000 workers on its crisis response teams are people who work with host countries to try to defuse tensions.
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Unicef is working in Aleppo, Syria, to deliver clean water, screen for and treat malnutrition, offer immunizations and other primary care and supply cold-weather clothing.
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InterAction, whose nonprofit members must meet certain governance standards, also has a dedicated page on its website listing members that have helped Syrian refugees. Filters on the site can help donors locate charities that focus on a specific issue, like refugee camp management, helping children or education.
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