Media CenterSyrian Refugee Crisis: 7 Things You Can Do to Help
With continuing violence in Syria, especially in the besieged city of Aleppo, Catholic Relief Services supports the efforts of Pope Francis, who appealed for "an end to the violence and the peaceful resolution of hostilities” in Syria.
As a humanitarian organization that has come to the aid of more than 1.25 million war-affected Syrians, CRS calls on all sides of this conflict to safeguard lives and ensure humanitarian access. We continue to provide life-saving assistance to Syrian refugees across the Middle East and Europe.
“ Far too many lives have been lost in this conflict, and we join Pope Francis’ call to protect human rights, grant safe passage for all those trying to flee the violence, and for urgent humanitarian aid to reach those who desperately need it. ”
— Sean Callahan, COO
While Catholic Relief Services is providing support to those in need, this crisis is turning into one of the greatest humanitarian emergencies today. Here are 7 ways you can make a difference in the lives of Syrian refugees.
How to help Syrian refugees
One of the best ways to help is through donating to accredited nonprofit organizations that are responding to the crisis. More than 90 percent of money donated to CRS goes directly to people in need.
2. Learn More
Here are some good resources for you.
Read and Act:
- What We Are Doing: CRS’ Support of Syrian Refugees
- Syrian Refugees: Meet the People Everyone's Talking About
- What Would You Do? Syrian Refugees: Starting Up and Starting Over
- Helping Syrian Refugees: By the Numbers
Watch and Engage:
- The Beauty of Serving Refugees
- Supporting Syrian Refugee Children Through Education
- All Of This Is Possible Because of You
You can provide direct assistance by setting up a page to raise money to support our emergency efforts. Your support will ensure that we can provide immediate assistance, including food, water, access to sanitation, legal services and medical care.
For years, countries in the Middle East have been sheltering the largest number of Syrians and Iraqis. CRS is calling on the United States to continue and expand humanitarian assistance to Syrian refugees in these countries, as well as those burdened by this new migration. Most importantly, the United States should lead concerted diplomatic efforts to end the fighting in Syria.
5. Use Social Media
Follow and retweet @CatholicRelief and @CRSNews on Twitter for the latest updates on the #RefugeeCrisis that’s reached Europe. Also, share the memes on this page on your social media channels to stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters.
Pray for protection for refugees—particularly those fleeing Northern Africa for Europe—as well as for personal transformation as we face the needs of refugees everywhere, by using this Prayer for Refugees.
7. Support Refugees in the United States
Although CRS works exclusively overseas, there are many ways to help refugees in the United States. Let Capitol Hill know this issue matters to you and we need to do more together. Support organizations such as Migration and Refugee Services and your local Catholic Charities. You can also volunteer to help refugees in your own area through local refugee resettlement centers.