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Syrian Crisis

 
 
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As the Syrian conflict enters its fifth year, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs reports that it now represents the largest displacement crisis in the world, with over half the population forced out of their homes. Of the 13.5 million people requiring humanitarian aid, 4.3 million live as refugees in nearby countries -- including Iraq, Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan -- while another 6.5 million remain inside Syria. Nearly half the people affected by the conflict -- 5.6 million -- are children. The Syrians displaced by the ongoing civil war depend upon humanitarian aid for food, clothing and shelter. The highly-rated charities listed here are providing these services and more (such as medical assistance and schooling for children).

Be sure to consider what it is that you want your donation to accomplish and to find a charity offering that specific type of aid. To do that, simply click on the charity’s name and view its rating page (where you can learn about its Financial Health, Accountability & Transparency). Once you are satisfied with its rating, then you can go to the charity’s website (we link to each charity’s site from its ratings page) to learn more specifically about the type of assistance the charity is providing in relation to the Syrian crisis.

Snapshot of the Crisis

13.5 million   People in Need of Humanitarian Assistance in Syria  
5.6 million   Children Affected by the Crisis in Syria
6.5 million   Internally Displaced Persons in Syria
4.3 million   Syrians Displaced to Neighboring Countries

Data Source: UN OCHA

 

The requirements for this featured list of charities are as follows:

1. The charity has been rated by Charity Navigator, currently has a 3-star or 4-star rating, and is not on Charity Navigator’s Watchlist.
2. The charity's website includes a description of the planned response and type of relief it is or will be providing (direct services, funding other organizations, etc.).
3. The charity's website provides clear instructions for how donors can designate their gift to this specific crisis.
4. The charity’s website does not state that a portion of designated donations will be used elsewhere (for future crises, for a different program, etc.).

 

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