Syria’s brutal civil war together with attacks from ISIS, has resulted in over half the population fleeing their homes in the last five years. Many more from Eritrea, Iraq, Sudan and Afghanistan have also left in search of survival.
The number of refugees, asylum seekers and internally displaced people worldwide has for the first time post World War II exceeded 50 million people.
This year we want to support four organisations making a real difference in the lives of refugees across the world.
SALVATION ARMY GREECE
A local church in Athens has been responding to the crisis by providing food and clothing to arriving refugees. Now they have a small outreach
centre, approved by the Mayor of Athens, which strives to serve the 3,000 refugees who arrive in the square each day.
REFUGEE SUPPORT NETWORK
Working across the UK with over 400 young lone refugees and asylum seekers through educational mentoring and advocacy work. Alongside specialists in mental health and immigration, they work to help
these vulnerable young people to finish their education and have the opportunity to build a better future. They would like to support more
young people and increase their provision through local churches.
Delivering trauma counselling to Syrian and Iraqi refugees who continue to face atrocities of war. Providing a network of individual, family and group therapeutic counselling and support after severe trauma, also equipping local church leaders to minister to those suffering.
CHURCH RESPONSE FOR REFUGEES
Working with the UK Government, specialist agencies and the UK church to facilitate a co-ordinated response to the refugee crisis: they seek to support, educate and equip the church here as it offers welcome and a new beginning to arriving refugees.