In a clear and sinister attempt to diminish the reputation of atheists everywhere for having no moral compass, a bunch of atheists at Foundation Beyond Belief are raising money to assist refugees in/from Syria in the midst of their civil war.
As the Syrian civil war rages on, millions of Syrian refugees are displaced and in need of help, but humanitarian agencies have received less than half of the funding they need to provide basic refugee assistance. Foundation Beyond Belief has launched an urgent fund drive in response to the worsening Syrian refugee crisis.
Our staff evaluated several charities working to aid Syrian refugees and selected International Rescue Committee as the beneficiary of our crisis response drive. The IRC is working in Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, and Iraq to provide the following assistance:
- 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.
If they keep this up, people might start thinking that morality is based upon empathy for our fellow human beings, and that kindness doesn’t actually need the promises of heaven or the threats of hell. And don’t worry, unlike some mega-popular Christian leaders, FBB doesn’t own any diamond-mining facilities in the region on which to spend your charitable dollars. Nor will they be sending bibles which, though unappetizing, may look delicious to people who haven’t had food recently. All your money will be going to actually alleviate human suffering the only way it has ever been alleviated: through human effort and care.