As the migrant crisis in Europe continues to escalate, CAF America is committed to support organizations that are actively seeking to mitigate the challenges faced by those affected. To facilitate easy, effective and rapid contributions, we have created a direct donation page where donors have access to a list of organizations working on this issue. All the organizations featured on this page are eligible to receive donations through CAF America.
- Doctors without Borders (Medecins sans Frontieres)
- United Way Hungary
- International Committee of the Red Cross
- International Federation of the Red Cross
- Save the Children UK
- Irish Red Cross
- Oxfam UK
- Danish Refugee Council
For details on how these organizations are responding to the crisis, please click on the links above or scroll down.
Doctors without Borders (Medecins sans Frontieres)
Doctors without Borders (MSF) is actively involved in providing refugees and internally displaced people with the care they need, from psychological support to lifesaving nutrition. Within the scope of this work, your donation to this organization can be used to help the following areas of focus:
- Refugees and Internal Displacements
- Syria and Syrian population
- Iraq and Iraqi population
To learn more about MSF and their work in this area, you may explore their website here.
Through partner agencies, such as the Helsinki Committee, and volunteers, United Way Hungary helps refugees in Hungary, Croatia, and Serbia. United Way Hungary provides food, shelter, medical help, and advocacy support to refugees in the region.They also have a special team dedicated to help separated families reunite, find lost persons, and help refugees in extreme situations. In addition, United Way Hungary helps the grassroots organizations in the region, such as Street Aid Hungary, to help coordinate their relief activities.
International Committee of the Red Cross
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is deploying significant efforts to respond to the humanitarian crisis inside Syria and in the surrounding region. The ICRC is the lead actor within the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement that works in war zones. Present in 80 countries worldwide, including Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, and Jordan, they are mandated by the Geneva Conventions to protect and assist the victims of armed conflict and violence.
To learn more about the ICRC and their work on refugee issues, you may read this article posted on the Intercross Blog or explore their website here.
International Federation of the Red Cross
The International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC) is the main hub for the Red Cross’ 189 offices across the world. They are often the first responders to any humanitarian crisis and play a leading role in ensuring that the migrants and refugees are treated humanely and are given food, water, shelter, and other basic needs.
To learn more about IFRC and their work please visit their website here or read about their migration policy here.
Save the Children UK is working on all aspects of the Migrant and Refugee crisis. Focusing on destination countries, they are providing children and their families with essential items like food, water and shelter. Beyond their help with these essential services, the organization contributes greatly to the efforts focusing on making sure that children and their families are aware of their legal rights.
To find out more about Save the Children UK, you may read their fact sheet or explore their website here.
The Irish Red Cross is at the forefront of the humanitarian aid operation in various regions such as Italy, Greece, Hungary, Serbia and Macedonia. The organization’s efforts focus among others on:
- Providing food, water, shelter, hygiene kits and medical treatment to refugees and migrants crossing the borders
- Offering psychosocial support to help mitigate the stress endured by the migrants and refugees, who often lost family members along the way.
- Helping trace and reconnect family members who become separated along routes that are often thousands of miles long
To find out more about the Irish Red Cross and their initiatives working on the Migrant and Refugee Crisis, please visit the organization’s website here.
Oxfam UK has been working in Syria, Jordan, and Lebanon since the start of the crisis to bring life-saving aid to people fleeing Syria’s brutal conflict.
- Oxfam is providing access to safe, clean water and sanitation, as well as exploring livelihood opportunities that will help Syrians provide for themselves and their families.
- While Oxfam’s main focus continues to be working with Syrian refugees in Lebanon and Jordan, the organization has currently expanded its efforts to Europe by responding in southern Italy. Oxfam is working through partners providing monetary as well as legal and psychological support to people arriving from North Africa.
You can learn more about Oxfam’s efforts here or read about their CEO’s recent trip to Syria here.
The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is a humanitarian, non-governmental, non-profit organisation founded in 1956 that works in more than 30 countries throughout the world. DRC fulfills its mandate by providing direct assistance to conflict-affected populations – refugees, internally displaced people (IDPs) and host communities in the conflict areas of the world; and by advocating on behalf of conflict-affected populations internationally, and in Denmark, on the basis of humanitarian principles and the Human Rights Declaration.
You can learn more about Danish Refugee Council’s efforts here.