More than 1 Million people fled to Europe in 2015 from places like Iraq, Afghanistan, Sudan and Syria, according to the United Nations Refugee Agency. Around 50% of them are Syrians seeking sanctuary from violence or persecution at home. They risk a dangerous trip, traveling across the Mediterranean Sea or the long trek by land, to get there. It’s an extremely difficult choice to make, but some feel it’s the only option. The United Nations reports that thousands have unfortunately died trying to escape.

By July 2016, an additional 240,000+ people had risked the treacherous sea journey to get to Europe. Even though you may not be hearing about this in the media anymore, the crisis has not stopped.

Islamic Relief staff is helping Syrian refugees and others across Europe, in places like Italy, Germany, Greece, Turkey and elsewhere, with aid like food, water, hygiene kits, translations services, map distributions and more. But if your support ends, so too will their ability to deliver essential aid.

IMPORTANT NOTE

PLEASE NOTE: Donations made toward IRUSA’s Refugee Humanitarian Aid fund in excess of the support requirements for this particular emergency may be used to support other important emergency or long-term work for refugees in need.

IRUSA is listed on the Center for International Disaster Information site for its work helping refugees in need. See the full list here.

InterAction has listed IRUSA as a charity of choice for helping refugees in need. See the full list here.

IRUSA is listed as a charity of choice with Charity Navigator for helping refugees in need. See the full list here.

Matching Gifts

Did you know that many employers match the charitable contributions of their employees, sometimes up to 3 times the amount? Masha’Allah! It’s a great way to make your dollars stretch farther to help more people. Learn more and register your gift here.

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