THE REFUGEE CRISIS

Over 65.6 million of the world’s population has been forcibly displaced.

Families have been forced to flee their homes, communities, and the worlds they know. Nearly a third of these people are formally classified by the United Nations as refugees, and all need our help.  

The refugee crisis is the the greatest, most complex humanitarian crises of our generation. But making a difference in the lives of refugees in the U.S. and around the world doesn’t have to be complex.
 

Your donation supports World Relief to serve refugees through our programs in the Middle East and the United States.

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OUR WORK

In the U.S.

World Relief welcomes and resettles thousands of refugees to the United States each year.

In the United States, World Relief and its network of local church partners provide compassionate and holistic care from the moment refugees arrive at the airport through their journey to self-sufficiency. We provide vital services including preparing their new home with furniture and basic household items, ESL classes, immigration legal services, counseling, and providing job skills and employment services.


Ancila's Story

After living in a refugee camp in Tanzania, Ancila Munganyinka was met at O’Hare airport in Chicago with a warm welcome from a World Relief volunteer, who prepared and served a traditional Burundian meal for Ancila and her husband later that evening.

Over the next few months, World Relief staff, volunteers and partner organizations provided Ancila and her family all they needed for a strong start in their new lives in the U.S. They helped provide Ancila with a hearing aid, taught her basic English, and after discovering her skill and love for sewing, placed her in an industrial sewing job at a local water filtration company. When Ancila was still living in the refugee camp, she used to wonder, “How will I survive?” Now, with a home, a job and a community of caring people around her, she says, “I feel very sufficient, and it’s much better.”

 

Around the World

World Relief cares for the physical, emotional and social needs of those fleeing for their safety.

In the Middle East, Africa and Asia, World Relief strategically places itself at the points where refugee families most need help. When families are forced to flee their homes, we work with local partners to essential supplies, nutrition and hygiene programs for mothers, safe spaces for children and psychosocial counseling for victims of violence.

 

Tarek's Story

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Tarek is 12 years old. A Syrian boy who’s spent three years living in Jordan, Tarek remembers the war. He remembers hiding from the bombs, and using his headphones to block the noise made by the explosions. His grandfather was injured when his home was bombed in Syria, and shortly thereafter his family fled.

Now living in Jordan, Tarek and his family are finding help and hope through a local church partnered with World Relief. Tarek is finally able to attend school and “likes everything ... studying ... all the subjects.” He says he likes going to church there, and “having a chance to play.” Tarek hopes to return to Syria one day, and often asks his family when peace will come. They don’t have an answer for him.

 

 

 

WHY MAKING A DIFFERENCE MAKES A DIFFERENCE

Listen to four leaders share their unique perspectives about making a difference in the lives of refugees in the U.S. and around the world.

(videos recorded June 2017)

Jeremy Courtney
Founder, Preemptive Love Coalition

“I think that God desperately wants us all to open our hearts and open our arms as wide as we can.”

Amena Brown
Poet & Author

"We should welcome the stranger until the stranger is no longer a stranger."

Jenny Yang
SVP of Advocacy & Policy, World Relief

"When we actually welcome refugees, we're welcoming Jesus himself."

Zaynab Abdi
Refugee & Immigrant Youth Ambassador, Green Card Voices

"All I wanted was just a hug, love and welcoming."

WAYS TO GET INVOLVED

No single one of us can solve a problem as vast as the global refugee crisis. But every single one of us can do something. Here are ways you can get involved and be a part of the solution:
 

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ADVOCATE

Download our 2017 Advocacy Toolkit to learn ways you can stand with refugees.

Advocate on the behalf of refugees.

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TAKE ACTION

Volunteer at a World Relief U.S. office.

Learn about the current state of refugee resettlement in the U.S.

Download a prayer card to learn specific ways you can pray for refugees and their families.

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DONATE

Donate to support World Relief to serve refugees through our programs in the Middle East and the United States.

Your gift helps World Relief partner with those who are bringing hope and transformation to refugees from around the world. Your donation supports World Relief to serve refugees through our programs in the Middle East and the United States.

 

Your giving ensures sustainability to our work in some of the most vulnerable places in the world. Contributions will be used for helping refugees and displaced people. If using funds in this way becomes impossible, impractical or unnecessary, World Relief will use contributions to continue its general work.