Allison Demirjian wrote -
** WHAT IS THIS ABOUT?
I'm asking my friends and family to donate all of their spare change - whether it's $10, $20, or $50 - to the UN High Commissioner of Refugees (UNHCR). No matter the donation amount, your name will be entered into a raffle. One lucky guy and girl will have their name drawn and win a fabulous prize from yours truly! (ladies: perhaps a trip to the spa, a designer perfume, etc. fellas: ok, I never know what to get men but I'll think of something! lol)
As most of you know, the world is becoming an increasingly dangerous place. In almost four years of war, nearly half of Syria’s population of 23 million people has been uprooted. Within Iraq itself, more than two million people have fled conflict and the terror unleashed by extremist groups. These refugees and displaced people have witnessed unspeakable brutality. Their children are out of school, they are struggling to survive, and they are surrounded on all sides by violence.
What do you say to a mother with tears streaming down her face who says her daughter is in the hands of the Islamic State, or ISIS, and that she wishes she were there, too? Even if she had to be raped and tortured, she says, it would be better than not being with her daughter.
What do you say to the 13-year-old girl who describes the warehouses where she and the others lived and would be pulled out, three at a time, to be raped by the men? When her brother found out, he killed himself.
These stories are tough to read - I know. And it is easy to just turn off the TV or log onto facebook and chat with our friends. But the world, and especially the US (who leads an insurgency partially responsible for this refugee crisis), can not remain silent while these human rights abuses continue. If you're at all moved by these stories, as I know I was, I hope that you'll consider giving even a dollar of your money to this great organization.
I know times are tough and budgets are tight (believe me!), but I hope we can all find it in our hearts to go without an extra starbucks this week or simply eat at home instead of ordering a pizza. C'mon guys...lets make a small sacrifice to effect big change for these kids!
** WHERE DOES MY DONATION GO?
To give you an idea of what even the smallest donation can accomplish:
- US$12: Education
Provides textbooks, exercise books and pencils for a student for a year.
- US$50: Registration
Registers 150 refugees, assesses their needs and helps trace their families.
- US$80: Warmth
Provides 20 wool blankets to protect refugees and internally displaced people from the cold.