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Focus on NGOs: 27 Organizations That Help Refugees

Just imagine. Your current situation requires you to flee your country within a matter of hours. You’re just not safe in your own home. If you’re lucky you had some time to pack a bag, but this might not be the case and you could be left with nothing.

The high-point of the number of refugees since World War II

Refugees are people fleeing from conflict or persecution. According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the number of refugees and internally displaced people has reached its highest point since World War II in 2015 with over 60 million refugees. A large percentage of them is fleeing from war-torn Syria. An estimated 11 million Syrians have fled their homes since the outbreak of the war in March 2011. Now, in the sixth year of war, 13.5 million are in need of humanitarian assistance within the country. This is just one of the many examples in which people are forced to flee their home in seek of safe refuge.

Fortunately, the well-being of refugees is a significant issue for multiple compassionate organizations. We are putting great emphasis on the fact that this list is incomplete. Please note that we recognize the importance of the work done by any other NGO that is not mentioned herein. Should you have in mind a global organization that should be added to this list, please let us know via Twitter.

  1. Sunrise USA
    Founded in 2011 by a group of Syrian-American professionals, Sunrise-USA is now one of the leading NGO's in the United States focused on providing humanitarian assistance to Syrians both inside Syria and in neighboring countries.
  2. Karam Foundation
    This is a non-profit organization on a mission to build a better future for Syria. By developing innovative education programs for Syrian refugee youth, distribute smart aid to Syrian families, and fund sustainable development projects initiated by Syrians for Syrians.
  3. Islamic Relief
    As an independent faith-based humanitarian and development organization, Islamic Relief has been serving humanity for 32 years. With an active presence in over 40 countries across the globe, they strive to make the world a better and fairer place for the three billion people still living in poverty, including many refugees.
  4. Project Amal Ou Salaam
    Their name means Project Hope and Peace. They are a grassroots organization dedicated to empowering Syria’s children, including refugees, to rebuild their country and work for peace.
  5. Refugees International
    They advocate for lifesaving protection and assistance for displaced people and promote solutions to displacement crises. They shine a light on the real problems and make recommendations to policymakers at the highest levels that help shape the response to those in need.
  6. UNHCR
    For over 65 years, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has been protecting the rights and well-being of refugees all over the world.
  7. IRC
    The International Rescue Committee helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover and regain control of their future.
  8. ORAM
    ORAM’s mission is to enable the international community to protect exceptionally vulnerable refugees and asylum seekers. To this end, they are dedicated to delivering innovative tools, cutting-edge research and empirically-based assessment programs for refugee professionals around the world.
  9. World Relief
    This faith-based organization’s mission is to empower the local church to serve the most vulnerable, such as refugees.
  10. Refugee One
    They create an opportunity for refugees fleeing war, terror, and persecution to build new lives of safety, dignity, and self-reliance.
  11. HIAS
    They protect the most vulnerable refugees, helping them build new lives and reuniting them with their families in safety and freedom. Another goal is to advocate for the protection of refugees and assure that displaced people are treated with the dignity they deserve.
  12. Save The Children
    Save the Children invests in childhood – every day, in times of crisis and for our future. In the United States and around the world, they give children a healthy start, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm.
  13. ASSAF
    ASSAF was founded in 2007 to aid refugees and asylum seekers in Israel. In Hebrew, the acronym for ASSAF stands for the Aid Organization for Refugees. Our aim is to promote the rights of refugees in their encounters with the state authorities.
  14. VluchtelingenWerk
    VluchtelingenWerk Nederland looks after the interests of refugees and asylum seekers in the Netherlands, from the moment they enter the country until they’re fully integrated into the Dutch society.
  15. CARE
    They’re a global leader within a worldwide movement dedicated to saving lives and ending poverty.
  16. Doctors Without Borders (Medecins Sans Frontieres)
    Their goal is to help people worldwide where the need is greatest, delivering emergency medical aid to people affected by conflict, epidemics, disasters, or exclusion from health care.
  17. World Vision
    This faith-based organization partners with children, families, and their communities to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice.
  18. World Help
    They’re a Christian humanitarian organization committed to serving the physical and spiritual needs of people in impoverished communities around the world.
  19. Concern Worldwide
    An international humanitarian organization dedicated to tackling poverty and suffering in the world’s poorest countries.
  20. Mercy Corps
    A leading global organization powered by the belief that a better world is possible. In disaster, in hardship, in more than 40 countries around the world, they partner to put bold solutions into action—helping people triumph over adversity and build stronger communities from within. Now, and for the future.
  21. Zakat Foundation of America
    An international charity organization that helps generous and caring people reach out to those in need. Their goal is to address immediate needs and ensure the self-reliance of the poorest people around the world with Zakat and Sadaqa dollars of privileged Muslims and the support of other generous donors.
  22. Life
    Life for Relief and Development is a non-profit humanitarian charity founded in 1992 by concerned Arab American professionals in response to the humanitarian crises that developed in Iraq as a result of the 1991 Gulf War.
  23. International Medical Corps
    They assist those in urgent need anywhere, anytime, no matter what the conditions, providing lifesaving health care and health care-related emergency services—often within hours.
  24. Handicap International
    Co-recipient of the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize, Handicap International is an independent and impartial organization working in situations of poverty and exclusion, conflict and disaster.
  25. GlobalGiving
    The first and largest global crowdfunding community that connects nonprofits, donors, and companies in nearly every country around the world.
  26. Oxfam International
    Oxfam is an international confederation of 18 organizations working together with partners and local communities in more than 90 countries. They work to find practical, innovative ways for people to lift themselves out of poverty and thrive and save lives and help rebuild livelihoods when crisis strikes.
  27. WarChild International
    An organization brought together through our common vision to supporting children affected by war.

We are proud to serve multiple compassionate organizations who try to improve the lives of thousands of refugees worldwide. Interested in more stories? Please follow our blog for more humanitarian stories, organizations and travel information. Do you have in mind another NGO focused to help children in need you feel we should add to the list? Feel free to contact us via Twitter.

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