Ways to HELP Syrian Refugees

12 million Syrians – half of Syria’s population from a country about the size of North Dakota – have fled their homes since the outbreak of the Syrian civil war in 2011. That’s more than the 10 million people who live in Los Angeles County. Almost 70% of these refugees are women and children, according to the U.S. State Department. Here are links to organizations, both large and small, that are making a difference: The one organization that I have a personal connection to is Franklin Lamb’s grassroots group that is providing meals to Syrian refugee children in Lebanon for a mere $2.25US/child/meal. Donate here: USA account: Checks or wire transfers to the umbrella organization ‘‘Americans Concerned for Middle East Peace’’ (ACMEP), indicating ‘‘Meals for Syrian Children: Lebanon’’ Initiative. ACMEP/Meals for Syrian Children PNC Bank, Reston, Virginia The bank account Swift Code: PNCCUS33 ACMEP/Meals for Syrian Children 1575 AutumnRidgeCircle, Reston, VA 20194. Contact person: Michael Maloof, (fmichaelmaloof@yahoo.com) IRS tax-free ID# is 46-4491642. Beirut account: 01-556-781or +961 – 01-5560-728. Account No. 067-58573 2008 IBAN Code LB91005300CEUSD006758573 2008 SWIFT Code: CLIBLBBX


The UN Refugee Agency: Distributes sleeping bags, blankets, raincoats, socks, clothes and footwear to the most vulnerable refugees.

Save the Children: Supplies food for Syrian kids and supports education in Syrian refugee camps.

Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders: Operates two rescue ships in the Mediterranean Sea that can carry hundreds of people to land.

Unicef: Delivers vaccines, clothes and food for children in Syria and neighboring countries.

International Rescue Committee: Works in Greece, where thousands of people are arriving per day. Aid workers provide clean water and sanitation, and help new arrivals navigate the transit process and understand their legal rights.

World Food Programme: Meets the urgent food needs of millions of displaced Syrians.

Mercy Corps: Provides clean water, sanitation services, temporary shelter and food.

Aylan Kurdi & Syria’s Child Victims of War: Named after Aylan Kurdi, the 3-year-old whose photo of his drown body washed on the shore of Bodrum, Turkey, touched the world. Money goes to “Hand In Hand For Syria,” a U.K. based organization that works with the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

CARE: Reaches Syrian refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Egypt, Yemen and those displaced inside Syria with food, hygiene items and emergency cash.

LOCALIZED ORGANIZATIONS: From Public Radio Organization: There are other, smaller groups doing incredible work on the ground, every day. Here are six, smaller groups we’ve vetted that you can help right away.

Migrant Offshore Aid Station: Saves children like Aylan Kurdi, with a fleet of rescue boats patrolling the Mediterranean to save migrants lost at sea.

Refugees Welcome: A kind of “Airbnb for refugees,” this German nonprofit matches people with spare rooms with refugees in need of housing. If you don’t have a spare bed in Germany, you can still donate.

The Worldwide Tribe in Calais: Documents stories in the Calais migrant camp and provides relief funds.

Small Projects Istanbul: Provides classes and cultural enrichment and scholarships to Syrian children in Turkey.

Hand in Hand for Syria: One of the few organizations that directly provides aid on the ground in Syria, including food, clothing, water, sanitation and crucial medical assistance to “help people to stay in Syria instead of fleeing to another country.” They accept donations via their page on JustGiving.com.

The White Helmets: Also known as the Syrian Civil Defence, rescue workers rush in after the bombs land each day. They’re credited with saving more than 22,000 lives so far.

Watanili: Rebuilds Syria through a series of small grassroots initiatves. A recent project, ‘Cinema on the Go,’ uses film to combat the effects of trauma on the children.

International Medical Corporation: Delivers vital health care services that focuses on training, helping devastated populations return to self-reliance.

Medical Teams International: Helps Syrian refugees in Lebanon. Volunteers “monitor chronic disease patients in their homes and provide families and communities with vital information on chronic disease recognition, management and disease prevention. “Just $10 ships $1,450 worth of medicines – antibiotics, sterile syringes, bandages, birthing kits, splints for broken bones – and other life-saving supplies!”

ShelterBoxUSA: Provides emergency shelter and supplies to families affected by the Syrian crisis in Iraq Kurdistan, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria, including clothing, stoves and, water filters.

CANADIANS: From the Government of Canada, a list of how individuals can DONATE or VOLUNTEER or SPONSOR Syrian refugees.

ARGONAUT NEWS: Finding Jesse

A mother searches for her homeless son on Venice Beach http://argonautnews.com/living-large-in-limbo-finding-jesse/

Jesse, seen here on the Venice boardwalk, has gone missing again

Jesse, seen here on the Venice boardwalk, has gone missing again

“Just pay attention to homeless people,” my high school friend Shelly messaged via Facebook when she saw my post from the Venice boardwalk. She sent a photo of her son: a scruffy, huggable-looking guy who suffers from mental illness and has disappeared — again. I was on the boardwalk to interview Timothy Pardue, who runs the P.A.D., a drop-in center for homeless young adults located just steps from Venice Beach. The P.A.D. helps homeless or cialis and stomach problems struggling 18- to 24-year-olds get help, get jobs or get home. I start to ask Pardue a question — “At 18 to 24 years old, these aren’t ‘kids,’” I say — and immediately get an answer. “They’re kids,” Pardue corrects. “Some have been out a while, beaten down. Read more »

MALAYSIA: Close Encounters of the Cultural Kind

Kuala Lumpur — I went out exploring KL’s Chinatown, Central Market, Kasturi Walk, Merdeka Square and Central Market yesterday….and found does generic viagra work more than sites or sights.

Monk on Merdeka Square

Monk on Merdeka Square

Encounter #1: The Historian Fahad, the winsome manager at the Panggung Bandaraya Theatre, where “Mud,” Malaysia’s longest running musical is being performed. While I gratefully sat in the air conditioned lobby of this former Town

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Hall, built in 1902, and waited for my friend Art to reply to my text about which night he’d like me to get tickets, Fahad took advantage of his captive audience to offer a most engaging history lesson. In the “old” days, people floated down the two rivers of Kuala Lumpur until the rivers’ convergence, where they were grounded by mud. “’Lumpur’ means ‘mud,’” Fahad explained. “It’s why the city grew from this point.” …Which explains why the Town Hall was located at this central point and why Merdeka Square (where the Union Jack was lowered and the new Malaysian flag raised in 1957) developed here. Read more »