Turmoil in Syria: Part Two

Posted by on Oct 2, 2015 in ComLead, Managing Not-For-Profit Organizations, Organizational Leadership

Last week the first half of the blog series on the Syrian Crisis was posted.  This post detailed the history behind the civil war and how countries around the world are stepping in to help. For the second half of the series, this blog will focus on the organizations that are working hard to help and how we as Americans can help.

To recap numbers, just about half of Syria’s population of 22 million has been displaced due to the civil war. A combined 3 million have fled to Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, and Iraq.  Over 7 million have been displaced internally, and over 420,000 people have filed for Asylum in Europe since this past August.  These numbers are astounding and the amount of people affected by this crisis is incomprehensible. syrian relief efforts

Luckily organizations have stepped up and been formed in order to help out these people in need.  The first thought of many is to donate to the first big name organization you know of such as the Red Cross.  However, donating to a smaller organization means lower overhead costs AKA more money goes directly to those in need.  A blog written by Yasmin Nouh for the Huffington post lists several smaller, reputable organizations for both US citizens and UK citizens to consider. I have listed a few below.

Syrian American Medical Society – this organization provides medical treatment on the ground in Southern Syria and to refuges in Turkey, Lebanon, and Jordan.

Karam Foundation – This Chicago-based organization focuses on providing educational opportunities for Syrian children as well as funding the process of rebuilding schools in Syria.

Sunrise USA – This U.S.-based organization specializes in providing emergency relief programs to Syrians both internally and refugees elsewhere.

Large companies are making sure to make an impact as well.  Recently Google has pledged to match $5.5 million in donations to humanitarian groups helping with refugees in Europe.  The 4 non-profit organizations Google will be partnering with include Doctors without Borders, the International Rescue Committee, Save the Children, and U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees.  This contribution to the crisis will be on top of the more than $1 million that Google has already given to aid organizations in relief efforts.

At a time when our world is going through such a time of turmoil it is uplifting to see so many organizations, companies, and countries getting involved and helping wherever they can.  But, no donation is too small and you do not have to be a part of an organization or work for one of these companies to make a difference.  As an individual we are each given the opportunity to make choices and the hope is that we choose to help those in need.

 

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