NEWS: Today, All Hands and Hearts – Smart Response announced they will be entering Puerto Rico to begin rebuild efforts after the devastation caused by Hurricanes Irma and Maria. The international disaster relief organization has initially committed to working in the area through at least 2019. The commitment to Puerto Rico is made possible by a donation of US $400,000 from The Radcliffe Foundation, led by international philanthropist Frank Giustra, who saw the needs first-hand while visiting Puerto Rico this week with All Hands and Hearts Co-Founder and Vice Chair, Petra Nemcova.
REFUGEE CRISIS FUND
To help the millions of Syrian refugees who have fled violent conflict - and the home they once knew - the Radcliffe Foundation has established a fund that provides for basic human needs, including housing, medical attention, food, WASH (water, sanitation, and hygiene), and supplies. Millions of refugees live in conditions of almost unimaginable squalor and discomfort, yet maintain a positive and optimistic attitude toward the many challenges that lie ahead. 100% of your gift will be used for the benefit of refugees, which means that no part of your donation will be used to cover any of Radcliffe’s operational expenses. Even a small donation will make a big difference in the lives of people who have lost everything - family members, homes, personal possessions - except their dignity.
SYRIAN REFUGEE CRISIS: OVERVIEW
The Syrian refugee crisis is unprecedented. Hundreds of thousands of civilians have lost their lives. Entire cities have been reduced to rubble. Homes, hospitals, and schools have all come under attack. Half of Syria's pre-war population - more than 11 million people - have been killed, injured, or forced to flee. More than 4 million Syrians have registered, or are waiting to register, with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Huge numbers are now in Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt, Turkey, and Iraq. Lebanon alone, a country with its own problems, hosts about 1.2 million refugees from Syria. Meaning one in every four people in Lebanon is now a Syrian refugee.
The plight of refugees in the camps is dire. 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. As one policy expert put it: “Destabilization will come when you have a generation of children growing up in an environment where there is no education or social support.”
This is not just another refugee problem. And it’s not just someone else’s problem. It’s a historic crisis and a growing global threat. One that can be addressed if we act as global citizens and in collaboration with governments, the private sector, and the philanthropic community.
FRANK GIUSTRA AND THE 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. We can make a direct, immediate, positive difference to the lives of children and families fleeing war.
NEWS: One year after it was formed and nine months after its official launch, the Global Refugee Sponsorship Initiative (GRSI) is pleased to announce that it is working closely with the governments of Argentina, Ireland, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. Each of these countries has launched, or is in the process of developing, a community sponsorship program in support of refugee resettlement.
NEWS: The Global Refugee Sponsorship Initiative announced the launch of a global consultation process for a guidebook that will help governments and citizens develop community-based sponsorship programs to resettle refugees. The global refugee crisis is one of the world’s most pressing problems. The number of refugees today is higher than at any time since the Second World War. The scale and urgency of the situation requires innovative solutions.