Today, June 20, is World Refugee Day. This is the single day a year that the world commemorates the courage and resilience of the millions of people who have been displaced from their homes.
Right now, the world is witnessing the largest refugee crisis since World War II. Over 65 million people around the globe are currently displaced from their homes and cannot safely return. Every single day, thousands more flee to escape violence. They leave everything behind. We've personally seen this in Sudan.
While much of the focus has been on the plight of Syrian refugees, other countries such as Sudan are experiencing their own refugee crises. And the needs of refugees, especially those who live in under-supported camps just outside of their home countries, are only growing.
This World Refugee Day we are bringing you three simple opportunities to support Sudanese refugees. These help meet some of the top needs identified by some of the Sudanese refugees that we work with. We encourage you to join us in meeting them where they are:
1. Donate To Education in Yida Refugee Camp
Beginning in 2015, we began supporting four small classrooms in Yida Refugee Camp. Since then and largely because of your fundraising and giving, this school now has ten classrooms led by twelve Nuba teachers and a support coordinator. Every week they teach and support 930 students who have fled from the Nuba Mountains. Some of these children have lost their parents or been separated from them due to the Sudanese government's war.
You can support this school today by making a donation. Here are a few suggested donation amounts:
- $10 provides a classroom 150 pencils.
- $25 provides 8 spiral notebooks.
- $50 helps provide chalkboards.
- $125 supports one teacher for a month.
2. Join The Heart of Nuba Campaign
Since 2011, the Sudanese government has violently displaced hundreds of thousands of civilians in the Nuba Mountains region of the country. In the warzone sits Mother of Mercy hospital, one of the only medical facilities in the region. This life-saving facility is led by American Dr. Tom Catena and a small local staff. Dr. Tom and the local staff refuses to leave and does their best to save lives in the midst of carnage and terror, treating as many as 400 patients a day at Mother of Mercy Hospital. Access to basic medical supplies is extremely limited. The hospital depends entirely on fundraising and donations to treat the wounded and train the staff.
You can support Dr. Tom and his Nuba colleagues by starting a fundraising page and asking your friends and family to join you by giving towards your goal. The money you raise will support the lifesaving work being done every day at Mother of Mercy Hospital.
3. Join The Renewal
When we invest in refugees, amazing things can happen. This is just one of those stories. After fleeing the war in Sudan as a young child, Scovia Wilson could have easily been left behind or fallen through the cracks of society. Instead, people invested in her future to ensure that she could always move forwards in life. Today, she serves as our Recruitment Director.
Scovia's story is one of renewal. And now you have the opportunity to join her in bringing renewal to her people. Announcing The Renewal, our easiest and most effective way to empower the Sudanese yet.
One more thing before you go!
After you've taken one of the opportunities above to support refugees this World Refugee Day, we encourage you to spread the word. Today is just as much about getting your friends and family involved as it is you being involved!
You can share this photo and the following message on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat:
I took action this #WorldRefugeeDay. Join me: https://www.operationbrokensilence.org/blog/5-ways-to-support-refugees-this-world-refugee-day/ #withrefugees
About Operation Broken Silence
Operation Broken Silence is building a global movement to empower the Sudanese people through innovative programs as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
We come alongside the Sudanese to tell their story through stunning documentaries and photo exhibits. We then use our media to inspire people around the world to join our movement. Our movement fundraises for and gives to lifesaving medical, relief, and education programs on the ground.