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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Rohingya Refugee Crisis


It is estimated that over 400,000 Rohingya refugees have crossed the border to Bangladesh since late August. The Rohingya, an ethnic minority in Myanmar, have long faced violence and persecution at home. These refugees must travel for days to reach safety from the violence they face at home. Several charities are helping to provide food, clothing, shelter, and more to those impacted. Please consider supporting the highly rated charities below, who are helping to provide relief to the Rohingyan refugees.

Save the Children ☆☆☆
Save the Children believes every child deserves a future. In the United States and around the world, Save the Children gives children a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. They do whatever it takes for children — every day and in times of crisis — transforming their lives and the future we share.

UNICEF USA ☆☆☆
The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) works in more than 190 countries and territories to put children first. UNICEF has helped save more children's lives than any other humanitarian organization by providing health care and immunizations, clean water and sanitation, nutrition, education, emergency relief and more. UNICEF USA supports UNICEF's work through fundraising, advocacy and education in the United States.

Partners Relief and Development ☆☆☆
Through holistic action, Partners Relief and Development demonstrate God's love to children and communities made vulnerable by war and oppression. Partners Relief & Development is a registered charity in Australia, Canada, Norway, the United Kingdom and the United States, working with communities impacted by war. They are a community committed to the leadership of Jesus and follow Christ's teachings. As Christ modeled a life of love, so Partners Relief and Development is committed to demonstrating love. They are committed to empower individuals and communities and co-create sustainable solutions to their poverty. Partners Relief and Development are a voice for the displaced and oppressed. We seek system change.

Medical Teams International ☆☆☆☆
Medical Teams International responds to disasters around the world—and here at home—by sending teams of volunteer medical professionals and medical supplies to care for the sick and injured. They also mobilize long-term health promotion initiatives, collaborating with established partners within each community to ensure that their programs have a sustainable impact. Medical Teams International provides medical and dental care, humanitarian aid, and holistic development programs to all people in need, regardless of religion, nationality, sex, or race.

GlobalGiving ☆☆☆☆
Founded in 2003, GlobalGiving works to build an efficient, open, thriving marketplace that connects people who have community and world-changing ideas with people who can support them. GlobalGiving’s vision is to unleash the potential of people around the world to make positive change happen. GlobalGiving is an online marketplace that connects you to the causes and countries you care about. You select the projects you want to support, make a contribution, and get regular progress updates - so you can see your impact.


Oxfam America ☆☆☆

Oxfam America is a global organization working to end the injustice of poverty. They help people build better futures for themselves, hold the powerful accountable, and save lives in disasters. Their mission is to tackle the root causes of poverty and create lasting solutions.

Islamic Relief USA ☆☆☆☆
Islamic Relief USA strives to alleviate suffering, hunger, illiteracy, and diseases worldwide regardless of color, race, religion, or creed, and to provide aid in a compassionate and dignified manner. Incorporated in California in 1993, Islamic Relief operates a wide variety of projects, including education and training, water and sanitation, income generation, orphan support, health and nutrition, and emergency relief. Islamic Relief also sponsors many domestic projects, including homeless feedings, financial assistance, health care in underserved areas, the annual Day of Dignity program, providing food, medical care, hygiene kits, clothes, blankets, and more to homeless and underserved communities across the United States. Islamic Relief's largest domestic project was the response to Hurricane Katrina.

The Zakat Foundation of America ☆☆☆☆
Founded in 2001, the Zakat Foundation of America aims to foster charitable giving and help generous and caring people reach out to those in need with direct aid. Zakat Foundation strives to bridge the gap between their financially privileged donors and beneficiaries in financial need, as they believe that the first group has responsibilities towards the second. Zakat Foundation is dedicated to alleviating the immediate needs of the poorest communities by providing food, shelter, health care and by delivering relief in emergencies. Zakat Foundation also provides education and training in order to equip people with the skills to help themselves.

BRAC USA ☆☆☆☆
BRAC is a development success story, spreading solutions born in Bangladesh to 10 other countries around the world - a global leader in creating opportunity for the world's poor. What started out as a limited relief operation in 1972 in a remote village of Bangladesh has turned into the largest development organization in the world. Organizing the poor using communities' own human and material resources, it catalyses lasting change, creating an ecosystem in which the poor have the chance to seize control of their own lives. We do this with a holistic development approach geared toward inclusion, using tools like microfinance, education, healthcare, legal services, community empowerment and more. Our work now touches the lives of an estimated 126 million people in 11 countries. BRAC USA is a US affiliate created in 2007 to advance and support BRAC's global mission.

Catholic Relief Services ☆☆☆☆
Catholic Relief Services was founded in 1943 by the Catholic Bishops of the United States to serve World War II survivors in Europe. Since then, we have expanded in size to reach more than 100 million people in more than 100 countries on five continents. Our mission is to assist impoverished and disadvantaged people overseas, working in the spirit of Catholic Social Teaching to promote the sacredness of human life and the dignity of the human person. Although our mission is rooted in the Catholic faith, our operations serve people based solely on need, regardless of their race, religion or ethnicity. Within the United States, CRS engages Catholics to live their faith in solidarity with the poor and suffering of the world. 

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