It Matters. Your Help Really Matters.

By Global Moms Challenge

December 24, 2013

As the cold winter storms hit during this season of giving our thoughts turn even more frequently  to those who are in need. The scale of the world’s problems can feel overwhelming, and our own contributions inadequate. But our efforts matter. How they matter.


The United Nations and many of its partners have put out a call for a record $13 billion to bring aid to millions in 2014. Of that amount, $6.5 billion is needed to help in Syria. The Syrian crisis is now in its third winter and has left approximately 9 million men, women and children  in need of assistance. UN humanitarian chief Valerie Amos says, “This is the largest amount we have ever had to request at the start of the year.”

The UN is used to having to stretch its dollars but the situation in Syria grows more dire as time goes by. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon explained, “The people of Syria cannot afford another year, another month, even another day of brutality and destruction.”

UN Agencies such as UNICEF (the UN’s Children’s Fund), UNHCR (refugee agency), the World Health Organization and the World Food Programme are providing aid for Syrian refugees in the form of clean water, health care, emergency medical supplies, and a place to live each day. In addition, more than 1.3 million children have received vaccinations against disease, as well as continuing their education in and outside of formal schools.

The UN’s presence in Syria is vital to the protection and improvement of the lives of innocent civilians who have fallen victim to this civil war. As we think about how we can serve and help on a global scale let’s remember those in Syria who are in need of life’s basic necessities.

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Check out the article on The Globe and Mail to see the breakdown of the UN’s appeal for funding. You can help contribute by donating to the Syria Emergency Response Fund.

Image courtesy of UNHCR

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