Entries by Eric Beck

How You Can Help Refugees Around the World

Create a refugee naturalization manual focusing on cultural differences. You and your local community could take up this initiative as refugees often feel isolated and out of place now that they’ve relocated to a whole new world. This stress gets added on top of trying to figuring out how to restart their lives, not to mention the trauma from what they faced. By creating a manual explaining the local culture, your community will allow incoming migrants to adapt and seamlessly integrate into the new culture more easily. Encourage other local communities to do the same and help refugees at a wider reach than before.

reach than before.

Offer opportunities to volunteer. Volunteering can help refugees find a sense of community in the place they’ve relocated to, and they start to identify the new host country as a place of their own.

Tutor the youth. Learning the language is critical, and refugees who learn the language of their new country can connect to the people there and integrate into their community and can go on to succeed in their higher education or find employment. Paper Airplanes is one such initiative started by a college student. Tutors not only offer language support by strengthening their proficiency in the host country’s language but go a step further by aiding refugees in their resume, cover letter and personal statement while applying for universities and jobs. International Rescue Committee (IRC) is another program where you can tutor young refugees and has chapters in nearly every European, African and Asian country.

Employ refugees or support refugee run businesses. Surrounding the social stigma people have against refugees, finding employment is a struggle for them. Find a local resettlement centre in your community and put out a job advertisement there to reach out to the refugees there. Every refugee who comes to a new country is faced with the immediate overwhelming task of finding a new livelihood to provide for themselves and their family. Supporting their self-employed business by spreading a good word to the people you know will prove to be a great help to them. Other times, they can’t find employment because their academic achievements are not recognized here, or there are employment and visa restrictions. RefugeesWork and NaTakallam are two initiatives working to tackle such issues. An activist approach could be shopping in stores that hire refugees and not shopping in stores that do not allow refugees to work there. Let them know you don’t tolerate such an attitude.

Start or join a group advocating refugee rights. No Lost Generation is a student-led advocacy group which now has student chapters in U.S.A, Norway, Finland and Jordan. UNICEF school clubs have made great strides by hosting fundraisers, community engagement events and tutoring sessions to bridge the existing gap between students and local refugee communities.

 

 

 

6 Ways You Can Help The Syrian Refugees NOW

Bombings, tragically, are part of daily life for Syrian families. There is a mass dispersion of refugees who seek shelter and safety since their homeland is now destroyed from the armed conflict that started March of 2011. Syrian refugees continue to suffer amidst war, sickness and famine. Here are a few things we could do to help.

Support doctors

 

As mass destruction reigns, hundreds of men, women and children suffer from significant injuries while having no easy access to medical care or doctors. By supporting organizations like Doctors Without Borders who go to the most challenging places to provide medical care to those who need it most, you can help this care reach the Syrian refugees suffering from a health crisis.

Support doctors

 

Spread their stories

 

Often, we see a lot of statistics on the news about the refugee crisis, but they fail to register and cause any real impact. But when we hear their personal stories, it makes us see that they’re just as real as we are and we form a human connection with them. It cultivates compassion and urges us to help. By spreading stories, you help build a community of people who will try to help the refugees.

Open your home to them

 

Refugees who manage to escape Syria with their life still need a place to stay. By signing on to organizations like Refugees Welcome, you can open up your home as a place to stay, for free or with rent. The organization will subsidize some of the cost for the refugees if you choose to rent.

Have the right attitude and help others adopt the right attitude

right attitude

It is sadly not uncommon for people to hold an aggressive stance towards refugees – many refuse to have them in their country, much less their homes. Try to understand their suffering and put yourself in their shoes – how would you hope to be received if you were displaced from your home as your country gets destroyed? Attitude drives actions, so make sure you have the right one.

Use your social media platform

 

Social media is an undeniably powerful tool to spread a message and raise awareness about the condition of refugees suffering in Syria. Start sharing articles, photos and status updates across your numerous social network. You and your friends could start a hashtag to make it trending and pop up on the feed for many to see.

Donate

 

Here’s a list of trustworthy organizations you can donate money and supplies to that help aide refugees:

Doctors of the World – provides medical care to vulnerable groups as well as advocates for people’s health rights.

Calais Migrant Solidarity – focuses on organizing support from the U.K to those refugees in Calais.

The Jungle Library – created a library set up at the camp at Calais to provide refugees with education and books.

Avaaz.org – strives to make a difference locally by lobbying local councils, housing refugees and providing language support.