As the devastation in Aleppo continues we hope that you will be empowered to move beyond heartbreak into meaningful action. We are devastated by the severe humanitarian crisis taking place in Syria and we hope hope you’ll consider adding one of the amazing 10 organizations we’re highlight today to you registry with The Good Beginning. As you’re surrounded by those you love on your wedding, let us also surround the people of Aleppo with our love and meaningful support!
MISSION // To build a better future for Syria
You can also buy soaps from their Scents of Syria project, handmade by women from Damascus, to help them support their families.
MISSION // In the face of terror, you can confront fear with preemptive love and remake the world.
Step out across enemy lines and embrace conflict rather than run. Your love has the ability to transcend guilt, shame, and indifference. Wrap your arms around those you fear, and invite others to do the same.
Read their moving article about seeing beyond the despair in Aleppo.
MISSION // Doctors Without Borders help people worldwide where the need is greatest, delivering emergency medical aid to people affected by conflict, epidemics, disasters, or exclusion from health care.
According to Huffington Post, “Very few doctors remain in Aleppo and, despite enjoying a protected status under international law, many hospitals and other medical facilities have been destroyed.
MSF supports eight hospitals in the city of Aleppo. It runs six medical facilities across northern Syria and supports more than 150 health centres and hospitals across the country, many of them in besieged areas. MSF is no longer able to get into the city but continues to try to help the facilities it supports.”
MISSION // The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. At work in over 40 countries and 25 U.S. cities to restore safety, dignity and hope, the IRC leads the way from harm to home.
According to TIME Magazine, “IRC aid workers are meeting people who have fled Aleppo as they reach the nearby town of Al Dana, one of the many neighboring areas bracing themselves for the influx of displaced people driven from their homes in the city. Donations will go toward providing families who have escaped the city with food, fuel and emergency supplies including mattresses, blankets, soap and towels.”
MISSION // Save the Children invests in childhood – every day, in times of crisis and for our future. In the United States and around the world, they give children a healthy start, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. By transforming children’s lives now, they hope to change the course of their future.
TIME Magazine said of their work in the Aleppo crisis, “Save the Children has been working to provide children and their families with warm clothes, shelters, protection, clean water and emergency care. In a statement on Tuesday, the charity said ‘Families who are desperate to leave are being shown no dignity or humanity. We must at least now end this carnage and safely evacuate the remaining civilians.'”
MISSION // The Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS) is a nonpolitical, nonprofit medical relief organization that is working on the front lines of crisis relief in Syria and neighboring countries to alleviate suffering and save lives. SAMS proudly provides medical care and treatment to every patient in need.
MISSION // UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to protect the rights of every child. UNICEF has spent 70 years working to improve the lives of children and their families. Defending children’s rights throughout their lives requires a global presence, aiming to produce results and understand their effects.
Read their article about how winter is the latest threat to children in conflict ridden Aleppo.
MISSION // Hand in Hand for Syria was set up very soon after the conflict began in 2011. They were the first people to take humanitarian aid into Syria, and they’ve remained at the forefront of emergency aid in Syria ever since.
MISSION // Syria Relief’s aim is simply to ‘relieve the suffering and support the future.’ Their objective is to provide support and care to those 7.6 million internally displaced by the conflict, thus helping to reduce the mass migration from Syria. To this end, they directly support civilians and displaced communities while providing the tools and training to help them become self-sufficient in their altered circumstances.
MISSION // The Syria Campaign launched in 2014 to mobilize people around the world to help stop the violence and accelerate progress towards a peaceful and democratic future for Syria. They stand with Syrians against human rights abuses and oppression from all sides.