[Photo credit: UNHCR]
I’ve been asked by folks and will be talking on Monday morning on Roundhouse Radio 98.3 about where your dollar goes when you donate it to this fundraiser. I am compiling here from a number of UNHCR sites.
It’s all going to UNHCR Canada
“The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), also known as the UN Refugee Agency, is the world’s leading organization aiding and protecting people forced to flee their homes due to violence, conflict and persecution. UNHCR provides shelter, food, water, medical care and other life-saving assistance to refugees around the world.
The dream of most refugees is to return home. When possible, UNHCR helps refugees make this dream a reality. When refugees can’t go back home, we work to find opportunities for them to rebuild their lives in another country. Since its formation by the United Nations General Assembly in 1950, UNHCR has helped millions of refugees restart their lives and has twice received the Nobel Peace Prize.
Today, UNHCR’s committed staff of 9,300 work in more than 125 countries—saving and protecting lives, and building a better future for:
- 19.5 million refugees
- 38.2 million internally displaced people
- 1.8 million asylum-seekers.”
Generally the money is used for the following:
It also goes to resettlement programs for refugees like the one that brought the 163 people into Canada on December 11
Specifically in the Middle East they are supporting the following:
“Millions of other Syrian refugees have overwhelmed neighbouring countries including Lebanon, Turkey, Jordan, Iraq and Egypt—their numbers and needs intensify daily.
UNHCR is coordinating a massive refugee response throughout the region and leading efforts to protect and provide shelter for those displaced inside Syria—working across borders to provide critical aid under extremely dangerous circumstances”.
In their recent UNHCR Global Report 2014 they also list the following impacts/aims:
-Safeguarding access to protection and asylum
-Mitigating sexual and gender-based violence
-Protecting children in displacement
-Meeting the basic needs of the most vulnerable
-Protection beyond the immediate neighbouring region
Here are some more resources: