Foundation Beyond Belief Rallies Humanists to Support Syrian Refugees

Regardless of what the United States ends up doing with regard to Syria, refugees are fleeing the country and need serious help. Foundation Beyond Belief (a group I work with) has launched a fundraising drive to benefit the International Rescue Committee, specifically to help those who have been displaced and separated from their families as a result of the chaos in the region:

  • In Syria, more than 700,000 vulnerable people have been served to date with medical and emergency supplies. The IRC’s Emergency Response Team is at work in camps for the displaced, providing clean water and sanitation, education to primary students, and emergency supplies to families.
  • In Jordan, the IRC provides reproductive health care, cash assistance, and social services to refugee families, as well as counseling and other support for survivors of sexual violence. In Jordan’s refugee camps, the IRC is providing technical support for refugee women and girls and helping to reunite children with their families.
  • In Lebanon, the IRC operates four Women’s Centers for refugees and medical consultations. They are also helping hundreds of refugee families with cash assistance, enabling them to pay for rent, food, utilities, and other essentials.
  • In Iraq, at the Domiz camp in the north, the IRC provides camp management and a safe space for women. They are also building a secondary school for refugee children. At Al Qaim camp, near the border with Syria, the IRC is providing free legal assistance, mobilizing community groups, and helping survivors of sexual violence.

A unique aspect of the IRC’s work is its emphasis on protecting women and preventing gender-based violence in situations of mass displacement. Click here for the IRC’s latest Syrian crisis updates.

“No matter what the military or political situation is, the human situation is catastrophic. The relief organizations on the ground are doing heroic work, and the humanist community is stepping up to help,” said Dale McGowan, FBB’s executive director.

Even worse, as Fred Clark notes:

The current lack of funding to assist such refugees, Rebecca Gang reports for The Guardian, means that some are risking their lives by returning home, hoping for better odds of survival amid the violence there than in refugee camps.

Back when we did fundraisers for American natural disasters, you all came through in a big way. This issue is no less important and perhaps even needs more of your help since it’s not as “close to home” as the recent disasters were. We need people to pay attention and help out. If you can, please consider donating here.

100% of all donations will go directly to the IRC.

About Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is the editor of Friendly Atheist, appears on the Atheist Voice channel on YouTube, and co-hosts the uniquely-named Friendly Atheist Podcast. You can read much more about him here.

  • Kevin_Of_Bangor

    Is this how everyone is feeling about this story?

  • Guest

    I gave 25 dollars direct to the International Rescue Commitee. I’m not really sure what the point of giving money to the Foundation Beyond Belief is, if they don’t do any work themselves and the money is just passed on. It just seems like an unnecessary complication. I’m from Europe anyway, where no-one would dare to say that atheists don’t do good things.

    Even so, I’m glad that there is some effort going on to help the people of Syria in the atheist movement. The news from over there just seems so bad, and it’s difficult to see a solution to it.

    I’d also like to suggest medecins sans frontieres and Oxfam for donations. MSF is actually inside Syria, helping people injured in the fighting. Oxfam is giving shelter to refugees. Both of them are secular charities.

    • viddy_well

      I’m not really sure what the point of giving money to the Foundation Beyond Belief is, if they don’t do any work themselves and the money is just passed on. It just seems like an unnecessary complication. I’m from Europe anyway, where no-one would dare to say that atheists don’t do good things.

      Why not do it to help out your American friends that are regularly reminded they’re not as charitable as the devout?

  • https://kusmeeks.info/ kusmeek

    Quite the contrary I’d hope Kevin. I’m humbled. I wish I could donate more…

    • Kevin_Of_Bangor

      This thread had zero post for the longest time while the ones above and below are very active. Took over 2 for someone to post after I did.

      • ImRike

        What is there to post? I went directly to the donation site – didn’t realize I was supposed to announce it here.


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