BENEFITING: International Rescue Committee
According to the UN refugee agency, an unprecedented 65.3 million people around the world have been forced from home. Among them are nearly 21.3 million refugees, over half of whom are under the age of 18. There are also 10 million stateless people who have been denied a nationality and access to basic rights such as education, healthcare, employment and freedom of movement. As I turn 30 I have so much to be grateful for and more than I could ever ask for -- loving friends and family, a home, reliable job. I can't imagine losing everything. Not just my material possessions but being forced to leave the only place I've ever known for fear of losing my life. With so many faced with such a reality, I ask that instead of spending any money on me that you please make a donation. IRC has a great rating on Charity Navigator -- your money is indeed going to make a difference.