The White Helmets

The White Helmets is a volunteer organisation of Syrians who are the first people to arrive after the bombs land each day. Also known as the Syrian Civil Defence, they're credited with savings thousands of lives all while risking their own. Abed, The White Helmets: "When I want to save someone’s life I don’t care if … Continue reading The White Helmets


Hand In Hand for Syria

Hand In Hand for Syria is one of the few organisations that directly provides aid on the ground in Syria. It was set up very soon after the conflict began which was in 2011, and therefore was the organisation to take humanitarian aid into Syria. It is one of my favourites organisations because according to … Continue reading Hand In Hand for Syria

The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR)

For over half a century, UNHCR has helped to save, protect and rebuild the lives of millions of people — refugees, returnees, stateless people, the internally displaced and asylum-seekers. UNHCR: "During times of displacement, we provide critical emergency assistance in the form of clean water, sanitation and healthcare, as well as shelter, blankets, household goods and sometimes food. We also … Continue reading The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR)

Doctors Without Borders

Doctors Without Borders (or Medecins Sans Frontieres), a non-governmental humanitarian aid organization that started in the early 1970s, delivers emergency aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, natural disasters and exclusion from healthcare. DWB/MSF offers assistance to people based on need, irrespective of race, religion, gender or political affiliation. MSF medical teams often witness violence and neglect … Continue reading Doctors Without Borders

Karam Foundation

The Karam Foundation is an US-based that is focused on educational opportunities for Syrian children. It operates in Turkey. According to the website, about the Karam House: "It is a place where they can learn competitive skills in science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics that are essential to advancing their educations and futures. Most of all, … Continue reading Karam Foundation

Small Projects Istanbul

Small Projects Istanbul is a grass-roots NGO operating in Istanbul, Turkey to support those displaced by conflict in the Middle East and North Africa Regions. SPI runs a Community Education Center where local families and individuals come to participate in a variety of weekly programs designed to help them settle into their new lives and access … Continue reading Small Projects Istanbul

The International Committee of the Red Cross

The International Committee of the Red Cross – a worldwide, neutral organisation that helps those affected by conflict or war – partners with the Syrian Arab Red Crescent – an independent humanitarian organisation based in Damascus – to provide aid and relief in Syria. ICRC: "But the scale of the crisis is greater than anything we have faced … Continue reading The International Committee of the Red Cross