Despite media cameras focused elsewhere, Syrians continue to deal with an ongoing humanitarian crisis within their country. Catastrophic levels of hunger persist and violence inhibits those still in the country from a dignified quality of life. Meanwhile, Syrian refugees who fled continue to struggle to rebuild their lives more than 12 years after the war began.
Your steadfast support of the Syrian Refugee Relief Fund has been critical in meeting the needs of communities, including minority groups who are even more susceptible to the negative impacts of the current crisis.
Thanks to your generosity, three trusted GlobalGiving nonprofit organizations recently received grants from the fund to expand their programs and operations serving Syrian refugees in Lebanon and Turkey, as well as internally displaced communities within Syria.
Here is a short description of some of the critical work you’ve supported with your donation:
Your support of GlobalGiving’s Syrian Refugee Relief Fund is powering community-led responses and delivering life-saving aid to Syrian communities within the country and in neighboring countries hosting refugees. The need remains enormous. Here is what one SEMA Insani ve Tbbi Yardm Dernegi staff member wanted you to know about the situation in Syria so many years into the conflict, and why your support of this fund is deeply appreciated:
"The situation in Syria is extremely complex and there are no easy solutions, but it is important for the international community to continue to provide aid to those in need and to work towards a peaceful resolution to the conflict…It is also important to support the Syrian people in rebuilding their lives and their country once the war ends."
As the incredible work of GlobalGiving’s partner community continues, we will share more updates with you about how your donation is making a difference. Until then, we remain immensely grateful for your generosity.
Kyra + the GlobalGiving Team
Around this time last month, hundreds of tents housing Yezidi refugees in northern Iraq burned to the ground after a massive fire broke out in the refugee settlement. Hundreds of families lost their homes after seven long years of genocide, forced displacement, and extreme violence against the Yezidi community for their religious beliefs.
Overlapping crises and instability have wreaked havoc on communities across Iraq. Conflict in Iraq and across the region, including the war in Syria, has led to massive displacement of families within and across borders. Your support is helping refugees recover from the devastating fire through the Free Yezidi Foundation.
“While Yezidis desperately need the basics, like better shelter and basic provisions, they also need better tools for the future,'' Pari Ibrahim, founder of the Free Yezidi Foundation, said. “Trauma has been debilitating to the Yezidi community. Our clinical psychologists have identified very high levels of trauma throughout the entire community.”
To help the community heal from within, the Free Yezidi Foundation is finding success in having members of the community help facilitate the recovery process.
“They learn the basics of psychological first aid and coping mechanisms. After that, they can show what they have learned, in their own language and in their own setting, to other members of the Yezidi society. We have found that this helps build community resilience and also empowers the Yezidi Harikara (helpers),” Pari said.
Pari told us a story about one of those helpers that we would like to share with you today:
“Despite all the pain and horrors, there are glimmers of hope. We worked with a Yezidi woman who was held in literal slavery by ISIS for more than a year. She suffered the worst crimes imaginable, including brutal sexual violence, and the men from her family were all murdered. We worked very hard to encourage her to come to our center and just spend time there, day by day. She worked closely with a clinical psychologist for many months. Later, she became a supporting instructor at our center....Nearly two years later, she was a transformed person. Of course, nothing can ever erase the trauma and the misery that she suffered. But through her own strength and the solidarity of her peers and other women at our center, she found the will to reclaim her life and start again.”
Her story of recovery is possible thanks to the hundreds of people like you that are supporting refugees through this fund.
"One of the reasons your gift to the Syrian Refugee Relief Fund is so powerful is because it can be flexibly applied to address the greatest unmet refugee needs in Syria and neighboring countries. Crises in the region are interconnected and complex, and with GlobalGiving's adaptive grantmaking your support delivers greater local impact," Sandrina da Cruz, GlobalGiving, said.
I will leave you with this final quote from Pari:
“Hope is the resilience to build again after overcoming pain and suffering. Our programs exist to provide a place for that to happen.”
Until next time,
Sami + the GlobalGiving Team
We’ve passed a tragic milestone in the Syrian crisis. Syrian women, men, and children have had to endure the conflict and instability brought by the war for 10 years now. But last month, we also reached a significant milestone: raising more than $2 million to support the 19.8 million refugee families uprooted from their homes.
Since the start of the crisis, Syrian refugees have sought asylum in 130 countries. And since 2013, your donations have supported them. In the aftermath of the blasts in Beirut, Lebanon to the fires at refugee camps in Greece, our local partners have used your donations to serve those who need them the most.
This past year has added complexity to everyone’s lives, including refugees whose journeys home are on hold as they pursue safety and security for their families. GlobalGiving partners are relentless in their efforts to meet these compounding challenges. Here’s how they’re continuing to bring relief and hope to the refugee communities they serve:
Many of us are looking forward to some semblance of normality in our lives following this turbulent year. Yet, normalcy is still far off for millions of Syrians scattered across the world without access to basic necessities. We hope that by making these resources available, they will be closer to securing a safe and stable life for their families wherever they are now.
Thank you for contributing to the livelihoods of so many Syrian women, men, and children and helping to keep the spark of hope alive.
Sandrina + the GlobalGiving Team
Thanks to your ongoing generosity, nonprofits have been able to provide real and tangible relief during an incredibly strenuous time for Syrian refugees.
As the coronavirus pandemic continues, Syrian refugees face compounding challenges that affect their basic needs and everyday lives. The fall season began with a heartbreaking string of fires that destroyed more than 12,000 refugee tents in the Moria refugee camp, the most populated refugee camp in Europe. Located on the Greek island of Lesbos, Moria is known for harsh living conditions such as severe water and soap shortages, spoiled food, and extreme overcrowding. But even at its worst, Moria provided shelter and necessities for those in need. After the fires, even these points of stability were unavailable. Many who live in the camp had to sleep in barricaded street zones or the woods after the crisis.
GlobalGiving’s longtime partner IsraAID provided food and hygiene kits to families separated by the fires, including an IsraAID teacher at the Moria refugee camp. The teacher (who we will refer to as Osama) was confined to a barricaded police zone with his family after fleeing the fires. Osama’s family slept on the street for several days without sufficient access to food or hygiene supplies because of restrictions to limit the spread of COVID-19. After days of close communication with Osama, the IsraAID team was finally able to deliver a box of essential items to him and his family. By working together with Osama, the team distributed more hygiene kits and offered psychosocial support interventions for other refugees.
Your donations helped provide 1,500 hygiene kits and 100 children’s activity packs to families like Osama’s. The activity packs offer more than just fun activities for the children—they are also a creative outlet and a healthy distraction from the difficult situations around them.
This is just one of many stories from our amazing partners on the ground. Thank you for continuing to support them. We look forward to sharing more examples of how your donations provide real, community-led relief in the coming months.
Sami + the GlobalGiving Team
Thank you for your continued generosity during these difficult times.
As you know, Syrian refugees are facing immense challenges with the COVID-19 crisis, and now the Beirut port explosion is further threatening their safety and livelihoods.
On August 4, an explosion was set off in an industrial neighborhood in Beirut, Lebanon. At least 34 Syrian refugees were among the 200 killed, though UNHCR fears this number will rise. Though Syrian refugees are in the minority of people affected by the explosion, they face heightened risks because, without family ties, they are less likely to be searched for. The Lebanese government is making it increasingly difficult for these refugee families to receive aid, which further compounds the challenges they’re enduring with the ongoing pandemic.
Thankfully, our partners have quickly jumped to action to provide emergency supplies and support where it’s needed most. That’s why GlobalGiving recently made a round of emergency grants to support these organizations hard at work supporting Syrian refugees by:
Making sure basic needs are met
Providing home repairs and helping hands
It’s no secret that our nonprofit partners are tuned in to their community’s needs and are doing all they can to provide vital support in this tumultuous time. This is why I must say once again: thank you for supporting a community-led approach to disaster recovery. We look forward to providing more updates on how your contribution is making an impact in the coming months.
Claire + the GlobalGiving Team
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