5 ways you can support the syrian relief efforts right NOW by Raven Duran

It's time to get activated. This post comes in response to the most recent chemical attacks in Syria. In regards to the world's current refugee crisis, I know many of us feel lost and powerless because these atrocities against humanity seem too large for us defeat as individuals. I find myself thinking, what can I really do myself to alleviate the suffering of millions? But it's not until we ask ourselves the question that we can provide ourselves an answer.

I wanted to make it easier for my friends and family to help so I've put together a list of organizations that are spearheading the relief efforts for victims of the crisis in Syria and by supporting these groups like The White Helmets, we can truly save lives. The good news is that so many volunteers are on the ground right now, providing medical assistance, food, housing and services to help displaced families and refugees. And the thing YOU can do from where you are right now is HELP those volunteers HELP others by DONATING. We must support those who are doing the work to provide relief and the best way to make change is by being decisive about where your money is going.

These contributions from the rest of the world are the simplest and most effective way to provide SUPPLIES, TRAVEL, FOOD and MEDICATION to those in Syria and elsewhere who are in desperate, desperate need. It is our moral obligation as human beings to rise and assist our people when governments fail to do so. Please, consider the reality the Syrian people are facing right now and donate whatever you possibly can. Do your own research, and do not stop here, do not just take my word for it, read, research and ask where your money is going. There are plenty of people at home and abroad that can use your empathy and a little bit of your assistance can mean life or death for the majority.

THE WHITE HELMETS

Every day in Syria, volunteer rescue workers from the White Helmets rush to the scenes of bombings to pull people out from under the rubble and carry them to safety. Their courageous and selfless work has given hope to millions of civilians.

The White Helmets are an unlikely group of heroes. These former tailors, bakers, teachers and other ordinary Syrians banded together in 2013 to save the lives others were working so hard to take. They have now saved more than 85,228 lives. But for the work they do, White Helmet volunteers and their civil defence centres are often targeted. Russian and Syrian regime planes bomb civilians, and then they circle back bomb the rescue workers and medical workers who come to help.

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DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS

Since 1980, Médecins Sans Frontières (otherwise known in English as Doctors Without Borders)has opened offices in 28 countries and employs more than 30,000 people across the world. Since its founding, MSF has treated over a hundred million patients—with 8.25 million outpatient consultations being carried out in 2014 alone. For Doctors Without Borders, the ability to respond quickly to medical humanitarian emergencies is crucial to saving more lives. Unrestricted funds allow them to allocate their resources most efficiently and where the needs are greatest.

INTERNATIONAL RESCUE COMMITTEE

The International Rescue Committee helps people whose lives and livelihoods have been shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover and regain control of their future. 

For 83 years the International Rescue Committee has responded to the world's worst humanitarian crises, helping to restore health, safety, education, economic wellbeing and power to people devastated by conflict and disaster. 

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WORLD FOOD PROGRAM

WFP provides emergency food assistance to vulnerable and conflict-affected Syrians through its food distribution program in all 14 Syrian governorates, subject to access availability. Under this program, up to 4.5 million people receive assistance from WFP each month with food rations consisting of, amongst others, rice, bulgur wheat, pasta, dried beans and pulses, providing 1,700 kcal per day for one month.

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THE UN REFUGEE AGENCY

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is a global organization dedicated to saving lives, protecting rights and building a better future for refugees, forcibly displaced communities and stateless people.

You can help rush critical supplies like medicine, clean water, food and tents to desperate children and families. You can provide refugees with emergency support, long-term care and hope for the future. Your tax-deductible gift to USA for UNHCR will save lives around the world — wherever refugees are in need of help. 

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