World Refugee Day, June 20th, examines and highlights the increasing population of displaced persons world wide. The world is witnessing the highest levels of displacement on record with an unprecedented 70.8 million people around the world having been forced from home by conflict and persecution. Among them are nearly 30 million refugees, over half of whom are under the age of 18. Every second refugee is a child.
During COVID-19 refugees are the largest at-risk group of people on the planet due to a lack of food, medical care, sanitation, fresh water, PPE and cleaning supplies.
One June 20, 2020 we recognize International World Refugee Day but what can we do from home to assist those who are displaced? What can one person possibly do to make a difference to so many during such a difficult time where all populations are suffering?
There are so many issues we can be supporting these days, both at home and abroad. On June 20th, put your daily give towards helping international refugees. This one day give can be done from home though reach the lives of people who need our help. Local organizations also support newly arrived refugees in your country, and they could use one of these gives.
Na Takallam take students through the journey of what life is like as a refugee. This online course connects students with a refugee for online cultural exchanges or language learning. This connection brings a a new understanding of the refugee experience while fostering compassion in children for the refugee crisis around the world. The school toolkits supports global citizenship while creating real world connections.
Everywhere in the world refugees are your neighbours. They live in your community, they go to your schools, and they feel alone in their new communities. Imagine landing in a new country where you don’t know the language, the culture or even understand the local food. Take the time to reach out and support the people in your own back yard. What do they need? Clothes? Food? Help translating? Learning your community resources? Offer a little time to help them get settled and feel welcome.
When fleeing a country so you and your family can survive you are not bringing a lot with you nor the money to buy essential items. Research NGOs in your area that collect essential items for refugees.
Do you have a spare room that you could welcome and support a refugee in your home? Organizations like Room for Refugees match people with refugees that need a place to live while they get settled. Thousands of refugees have no where to go when they arrive to a new country and end up on the streets. Stop refugee homelessness with this remarkable way to give.
We know things are tight for everyone right now, but every dollar makes a difference. If you are fleeing for your life you have nothing. No food, no job, not even a roof over your head for your family. There are so many great organizations that support and save lives of refugees in countries all over the world. A donation of $5 makes it possible for people to provide basic services to people who need it the most.
UNICEF has offices and volunteers in countries where refugee camps exist. The organization strongly condemns attacks on schools, kindergartens and safe spaces for children. Their efforts are focused n Syria and surrounding areas providing warm winter clothing and shelter to children and their families. They continue to do whatever it takes to help children learn and grow in safe spaces.
UN Refugee Agency – The UNHCR is working around the clock to rush essential relief to those impacted but we need your help to replenish depleted supplies. Your donation will help provide immediate assistance including tents, blankets, cooking sets, medicine and other life-saving needs—to those who need it most.
There are so many organizations to donate to make your dollars count. Search your area of the world and find the charities that doing the world you wish to support.
The world has been focused on COVID19 for months, but the world’s most vulnerable people are all still there. Reserve one give on World Refugee Day to help one displaced person or their family. They suffer each day with or without COVID19. Let’s all do our part to united and give from our heart June 20th.
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