H&L Magazine: Sitting in the most amicable of dragon’s dens with panoramic views of the snow-capped mountains and bustling harbour from the 31st floor of his Fiore Group of Companies in Vancouver, CEO Frank Giustra is as down-to-earth as he is resolute. The 59-year-old billionaire philanthropist and businessman made his fortune transforming Yorkton Securities into a major force in the world of international mining finance for which he became president and later CEO; founded Lions Gate Entertainment in 1997, and is a major shareholder in Thunderbird Films. Giustra is passionate, pragmatic and opinionated.
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.
Global Refugee Sponsorship Initiative: The Global Refugee Sponsorship Initiative met in Ottawa this week for a three-day launch event that brought together 90 participants, including sponsorship groups, international delegates, partners and government officials interested in Canada’s private sponsorship model for refugees.
Giustra Fellowship Program: A $1 million gift by Canadian philanthropist and Crisis Group Trustee Frank Giustra has enabled Crisis Group to grant two-year research fellowships to three young regional experts. The new Giustra Fellows will assist in our mission to prevent deadly conflict, with a focus on the plight of refugees and the displaced.