Syria, it is a country the public hears in the news often as the world contemplates a war strategy to fight against terrorism, but few are discussing the human rights violations happening in Syria and how to improve social relationships in the region. People are turning their heads away at the victims in Syria, suffering at the hands of terrorists. Syria Relief and Development at (SRD) in Washington D.C. wants to change that and help the people of Syria through a crowdfunding campaign supporting life-saving work. Syria Relief and Development (SRD) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization who provides humanitarian aid to Syrians affected by violence, hunger, poverty, injury and displacement. SRD works to address the needs of Syrians through its established programs within Syria and in surrounding regions. With regional offices in Amman, Jordan,Gaziantep and Turkey as well as 400 SRD affiliates on the ground inside Syria, SRD is uniquely positioned to achieve its on-the ground humanitarian objectives.
The non-profit founded in November 2011 by Dr. Jihad Qaddour, associate professor at Illinois State University (ISU)and his daughter, Jomana Qaddour gives back to Syria because it is Dr. Qaddour’s homeland and the horrible crisis in Syria makes the Qaddours want to gain support from Americans to help Syrians in need. Since September, SRD has distributed nearly $30 million in aid to Syrians in need. Each year, SRD supporters help provide winter care items to Syrian families. As the crisis in Syria continues to escalate with renewed violence and millions of Syrians remain forced to flee their homes as internally displaced persons (IDPs) or refugees, the need for care has grown exponentially.Winter can often be very bleak in the region and refugee camps are stretched thin with dwindling supplies. In order to offset this dire situation and poor international relationships, SRD’s staff in Syria and Jordan will purchase local supplies to provide warmth for Syrians who are in need of additional care to survive the winter.
Now SRD is crowdfunding with the hashtag #GiveWarmth, encouraging Americans to donate what they can to help the non-profit buy local, cost-efficient items that can be distributed in care packages to those in need. Each care package will contain (depending on the individual family’s needs): a foam mattress; a hygiene kit filled with soap, shampoo, toothpaste, detergent and towels; a rug; two blankets; winter clothing for children, including thermal pajamas, sweaters and jackets; and a food basket filled with enough food to feed a family of five to seven people for one month. The goal of SD this year is to distribute winter care packages to 1,000 families living as refugees in the region or to those who still remain inside Syria as IDPs. To learn about this non-profit and how its trying to better US and Syria relationships, visit the #GiveWarmth social movement. Human rights advocates like Kate Cornelius, an intern at Syria Relief and Development’s (SRD) Washington D.C. office is very passionate about helping others with life. As an advocacy and outreach intern and graduate of American University in northwest D.C., she is grateful for all the voluntary help Americans are offering to Syrian refugees. For those interested in humanitarian organizations dedicated to alleviating the suffering of Syrians in need learn more about the cause at SyriaReliefandDevelopment.org to help Americans build better relationships with Syrians as good global relationships are crucial at this time terrorists threats are high. People fear war and hope global relationships will improve as dialogue opens up about human rights violations and how to bring justice for those falling victim to global human rights violations. Stable economic and social relationships for Syrians are important to stop the spread of terrorism. You can learn more information by getting involved with humanitarian non-profits. Leave a comment to offer recommendations on tackling terrorism and improving overall global relationships.