Global Washington Organizations Responding to the Crisis in Syria

More than 11 million people have been displaced due to Syria’s civil war, with seemingly no end in sight. Innocent people are suffering and lacking basic necessities, neighboring countries are becoming quickly overwhelmed, and a global response is far overdue. With families often facing a decision to either escape or be killed, thousands are fleeing every day, with the risks of the journey to the border often as high as staying.

Click here to learn important facts about the crisis in Syria from Global Washington member Mercy Corps.

GlobalWA organizations providing relief efforts in Syria and neighboring countries

American Red Cross: The Red Cross and Red Crescent teams are providing vital humanitarian services to migrants and refugees as they search for safety, including in country of origin, en route along the Mediterranean and the Western Balkans. Over the last four years, the American Red Cross has assisted with remote information management and mapping support, essential to efforts of the Red Cross network, which is providing food, water, emergency supplies, medical care, first aid, shelter and emotional support. Additionally, migrants who have been separated from their family members have been receiving assistance from the Red Cross Restoring Family Links program to reconnect loved ones who have been separated by the crises. People who want to support the American Red Cross’s efforts or anyone looking to reconnect with missing family members, click here.

AmeriCares: AmeriCares has been supporting health care services for Syrian refugees who have fled to neighboring countries since 2012, as well as delivering medical supplies to partners and hospitals inside Syria. To date, AmeriCares has delivered $4.4 million in medical aid to the region including essential primary care medicines, chronic disease care medications, intravenous fluids and nerve gas antidote. They have also supported U.S.- based volunteer teams with medicines and supplies so they could provide medical care for displaced families in Syria as well as those seeking refuge in Jordan, Turkey and Lebanon. AmeriCares is also addressing the medical needs of refugees in Europe, focusing on those refugees traveling through Greece. In partnership with IsraAID, they are deploying two mobile medical teams composed of three health professionals to treat the immediate health needs of refugees arriving by boat into Greece.

Global Impact: Global Impact launched the Syrian Refugee Fund, which sheds light on the needs of Syrian refugees and provides an opportunity for individuals and corporations to support aid organizations that are helping those impacted by this disaster. Participating aid organizations include: AmeriCares, Bluedrop Learning Networks, CARE, Concern Worldwide, Cordaid, Direct Relief, International Medical Corps, International Rescue Committee, MOAS (Migrant Offshore Aid Station), Oxfam America, Pilosio, Save the Children, SOS Children’s Villages, U.S. Fund for UNICEF, World Vision, and Zero Mass Labs.

Medical Teams International (MTI): MTI is providing direct medical services to Syrian refugees in Bekaa Valley, Lebanon. Their goal is to decrease illness and reduce mortality, with a particular focus on women and children. MTI is also providing mobile medical units to assist refugees, monitoring communities to prevent outbreaks of cholera, acute watery diarrhea, tuberculosis and measles, and facilitating heath education programs to prevent and reduce the severity of disease for all refugees.

Mercy Corps: For years, Mercy Corps has been working to bring emergency relief to millions of people suffering inside Syria and those seeking safety in neighboring countries. Their work is currently helping nearly 4 million people in the area — Syria, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey — get the food, water, shelter, household supplies and clothing they need. They have also focused on creating safe spaces for children traumatized by conflict.

NetHope: NetHope is responding to the crisis in Syria by tackling five crucial ICT related issues in the region and providing action plans and deliverables on each: Cyber security guidance and support, information portal for refugees and displaced peoples both in established refugee camps near Syria and those who are arriving in European nations, provision of connectivity access and smartphone charging stations along routes of migration, provision of additional connectivity and charging capabilities in refugee camps in neighboring countries, and provision of eLearning opportunities to children and youth in refugee camps. Learn more here (download).

Oxfam America: Oxfam America is assisting people affected by the crisis across Syria, Lebanon and Jordan by providing clean drinking water and relief supplies, such as blankets and stoves and vouchers for hygiene supplies. Oxfam is also helping families get information about their legal and human rights. Oxfam has built showers and toilet blocks in refugee camps, informal settlements and on deserted routes used by people fleeing Syria and have installed or repaired toilets in communities hosting refugees. Oxfam is calling on the U.S. Goverment to accept 100,000 refugees. Learn more here.

US Fund for UNICEF: Syria is one of the most dangerous places in the world to be a child. UNICEF has been on the ground in Syria since the conflict began, helping to mobilize the largest humanitarian operation in history and working closely with partners to provide education, physical protection, psychological support and clothing to Syrian refugee children in Iraq, Jordan, Turkey, Lebanon, Egypt and other countries; immunize children against disease; and provide millions of people with access to safe drinking water.

World Vision: Nearly 12 million Syrians have been forced from their homes by the fighting — half are children. Children affected by the Syrian conflict are at risk of becoming ill, malnourished, abused, or exploited. Millions have been forced to quit school. Since the beginning of the Syria refugee crisis, World Vision has helped more than 2 million children and adults in Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq, providing food, clean water, healthcare, and more. Increasing numbers of refugees are making dangerous attempts to reach Europe and World Vision is now providing aid in Serbia.