The refugee crisis has reached an all time high of 65 million people. Many of these individuals suffer daily with disease, malnutrition or shelter insecurity. These problems are sever and have very far reaching side effects. Children that suffer from malnutrition will affect them in to their adult lives. Most refugees suffer from psychological disorders like Depression, Anxiety and PTSD because they have witnessed war and violence and have had experiences we can not begin to understand.
In 2017 roughly 25,000 refugees were relocated to the U.S. This number is a far cry from the 84,000+ in 2016. After relocation, the healing process can begin, and community is a big part of that. The effects of not having strong social connections is extensive. Not having a strong network of friends, family, neighbors or community causes Physical Pain, Psychological disorders, & Cognitive Distress. Without facilitating a way to help refugees re-immerses themselves into the community, we are essentially taking refugees out of a bad situation and putting them in one that is only slightly better. Because of the extreme hardship of their situation refugees “spend less time socializing due to the experienced loss of the community in which they once participated.” Community Involvement is not the Refugees job. It’s our job. It’s our job to find a way to connect with them.
This is not just a fundraiser but an awareness campaign. Refugees are dramatically miss understood. They are not "homeless people," they are people like you and I, that fled theirs homes to save their lives. Help me prove relief to them by donating generously to this cause.