The Syrian refugee crisis is the worst humanitarian crisis in the world today. To escape the violence and collapsed infrastructure that’s been caused by the civil war ravaging their country, 11 million Syrians have fled their homes, though the majority are still living in Syria. This amounts to half the population of the country and equals four times the crisis of the Haiti earthquake. The country’s healthcare and education systems have been destroyed, and the economy is shattered. Millions of people face massive food insecurity. Syrian children — the nation’s hope for a better future — have lost loved ones, suffered injuries, missed years of school, and witnessed violence and brutality. The situation is truly desperate, but we feel called to help in some way.
We’ve decided to partner with the American Refugee Committee (ARC), a Minnesota-based nonprofit organization that has provided humanitarian assistance to millions over the last 35 years. ARC works with refugee communities in 11 countries around the world, including Syria and surrounding nations, helping people regain control of their lives.
Since 2013 ARC has worked in Syria and Jordan (where many refugees now live) to help support Syrians who have risen to the challenge of providing humanitarian aid to their neighbors at great personal risk. ARC has provided water, sanitation and hygiene infrastructure in collective shelters, protection support for women and girls facing violence, and distribution of much-needed emergency items for tens of thousands of people who have fled their homes.
We want to raise $10,000 to help support ARC’s work serving Syrian refugees. It seems like a small amount given the massive need, but we know it will help improve the situation of hundreds of people who are desperate for basic resources.