During its first year of existence, Help Refugees raised over $3 million for refugee assistance. Every dollar makes a tangible impact. 98% of our funding goes directly people in desperate need, with less than 2% going to cover core costs.

WHO WE ARE.

Help Refugees is not simply another aid organization. We are a group of everyday people who are taking joint action to improve lives of refugees. In the summer of 2015, none of us knew that we would be involved in this work. A year later our team has become the largest grassroots distributor of aid across Europe.

We are delivering aid to 22 camps in Greece as well as camps and settlements across France, Turkey, Syria and Lebanon. Help Refugees provides food, shelter, medical services, psychosocial support and aims to cover any other pressing needs of refugees. We are where support is needed most and act immediately. Our vision as Help Refugees US is to mobilize action here in the United States to improve lives of thousands of refugees across Europe.

"I've been impressed by the sheer guts of this group of citizen activists. In less than a year, Help Refugees has established itself as a force to be reckoned with."

-Maya Mailer, Head of Humanitarian Policy, Oxfam

“Help Refugees is on the ground in Europe providing much needed support to refugees who have been forced to flee their homes. In a time when the need is stark, UNHCR commends their great efforts.”

— UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency

HOW WE WORK.

Help Refugees coordinates hundreds of volunteers who work with the programs we support. Our volunteers live and work alongside people displaced by war so that, together, we can assess and address pressing needs immediately. We fund extraordinarily effective small groups and organizations that have sprung up in response to this humanitarian crisis, with a strong emphasis on supporting local communities who are working to welcome the new arrivals in their midst. Our philosophy is to mobilize collective action, so we work with governments, aid organizations, volunteers and local businesses to develop systems to meet essential needs.

40

(and Counting!) Shipments of Aid Sent Across Europe

1500

Hot Meals Provided A Week in France and across Greece

150000

Women & Children Served Weekly Through Our Mobile Medical Units

CURRENT CAMPAIGNS.

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Food & Clean Water

Food and clean water is essential to our wellbeing. Wherever possible, we provide raw ingredients to refugees so that they can cook their own meals themselves, restoring a little dignity to their daily routines and reconnecting with their lives they left behind. We support numerous groups across Europe who cook hot food for thousands of hungry people on the move every day.

Women & Children's Services

We look after the most vulnerable refugees with special care. 65% of the 57,000 refugees currently in Greece are women and children. We provide emergency aid as well as long-term, structured support to care for their emotional as as well as their physical needs and address their wellbeing in a holistic manner.

Education

Education is a human right. Children deserve to be protected, to be kept safe and healthy. But they should also be given the opportunity to learn. In Greece, 40% of the refugee population is under the age of 18, and we are committed to work until every single child is in a healthy and productive learning environment.

Shelter

From tents in Greek refugee camps to wooden shelters in France to rehabbing old building in Athens to use as children's shelters, Help Refugees is working to provide safe shelter for thousands of uprooted people on the move. When finding shelter is impossible, we provide blankets, shoes, and emergency supplies to provide people some relief on their journeys.

Search & Rescue

We have all been struck by the devastating images of men, women and children being pulled out of boats as they arrive on the Greek Islands from Turkey. Over the past year, your donations have supported some of the most courageous search and rescue teams, helping in some small way with the heroic work they do every day, often risking their own lives to save others.

Medical Care

One of the key areas of support is providing access to medical care. Help Refugees is honored to partner with Medicins du Monde, jointly providing medical care in 27 camps in Greece. Additionally, we have provided a mobile clinic in Greece along with a team of clinicians, a field hospital and doctors providing emergency care in Lesbos, women's and maternal health care as well as ambulances for the White Helmets in Syria.

Supported Organizations.

REFUCOMM
SWISS CROSS
REFUGEE SUPPORT
THE ORANGE HOUSE
SALAM LADC
PHONE CREDIT GROUP
REFUGEE INFO BUS
REFUGEE YOUTH SERVICE

MEENA
MEDICINS DU MONDE
GREEN HELMETS
HUNGRY LITTLE SPOONS (TURKEY)
LIGHTHOUSE RELIEF
L’AUBERGE DE MIGRANTS
CALAIS KITCHENS
REFUGEE COMMUNITY KITCHEN

INTERVOLVE
REFUGEE RESCUE
KHORA (PORT)
THE WHITE HELMETS
DROP IN THE OCEAN
NURTURE PROJECTS INTERNATIONAL
NORTHERN LIGHTS

REFUAID
EREC
CALAIS WOODYARD
REFUGEE TRAUMA INITIATIVE
FILOXINIA

Help Refugees is honored to work in friendship with: