VIFF: Announced tonight at the Vancouver International Film Festival’s Opening Night Gala, Alex Nagy was awarded with the $20,000 grand prize from the Radcliffe Foundation for his short film Helpful Hand. The award is a result of a months-long short film competition aimed at encouraging Canadians to take action on the global refugee crisis.
STORIES FROM THE FRONTLINES
The Radcliffe Foundation practises direct-impact philanthropy by taking a private-sector approach to aid delivery. We develop partnerships with NGOs and governments around the world to make a strategic impact in the lives of families and children in need. Learn more about the causes and the partners we support through the stories below.
SYRIAN REFUGEE CRISIS
The Syrian refugee crisis is unprecedented. Homes, hospitals, and schools have all come under attack. Entire cities have been reduced to rubble. More than 12 million people - half of Syria's pre-war population - have been killed, injured, or forced to flee. The political instability caused by such dislocation makes the refugee crisis an issue of global consequence. Violence, illness, and malnutrition are prevalent. Syrian children have endured years of deprivation and displacement - they have known nothing but war. Adolescents have been raised amid continuous conflict. There are 13 million children deprived of education as a result of conflict in the region, and many of them live in these camps. We can make a difference to the lives of children and families fleeing war.
PM Justin Trudeau’s Remarks at the United Nations: Canadians are not just engaged at home. Abroad, Canadian business leaders like Frank Giustra have done amazing work to make it easier for vulnerable migrants to find a place to live. Last November, Frank went to Lesbos in Greece and to help set up a reception centre to offer shelter for 1500 refugees arriving by sea. He went back just last March with members of Vancouver’s search and rescue team to help the local authorities save more lives
Clooney Foundation for Justice: The Clooney Foundation for Justice has launched a private sector initiative designed to educate all out-of-school children in Lebanon, including Syrian refugees. Google.Org, Virgin Unite, the Radcliffe Foundation, and the SABIS® Foundation are among the founding partners who, along with the Clooney Foundation, are contributing funding and resources to the initiative.