What’s happening in Syria?
More than 250,000 Syrians have lost their lives and more than 11 million others have been forced from their homes in four-and-a-half years of armed conflict.
This began with anti-government protests before escalating into a full-scale civil war between those for or against President Assad. Jihadist groups, including so-called Islamic State are now also involved in the conflict. More than four million people have fled Syria since the start of the civil war, most of them women and children. Extremists who have been fighting to gain control of Syria for the past three years have now infiltrated border cities in Iraq, sparking yet another refugee crisis in the Middle East. It is one of the largest refugee crisis in recent history. Almost 1.8 million have gone to Turkey, more than 600,000 to Jordan and 1 million to Lebanon – a country whose population is just 4 million. 30% of Syrians now live in extreme poverty.
You can find out more about who’s fighting who in this video:
Our prime minister has pledged to take 20,000 Syrians from camps by 2020. However, there has been no agreement between the government and local authorities on how to manage and pay for them.
Overall, an estimated 12.2 million are in need of humanitarian assistance inside Syria and this is why we have formed the refugee action group to raise money to support those in need.
What are we raising money for?
We are going to take action to support vulnerable families who have been given sanctuary in York. We are raising money for Refugee Action York which provides advice and guidance to families granted refugee status or seeking asylum in York. The charity has a hardship fund that is used to support refugee families who find themselves in extreme financial difficulties and the money we raise will go into this fund.
You can find out more about RAY and the work they do by visiting their website www.refugeeactionyork.org.
You can also watch save the children’s fundraising video here:
What events are happening?
On Friday 11th December we have organised a non-uniform day. Students will be asked to bring in a pound for wearing non-uniform and along with any other activities that take place on this day, all the money raised will go to RAY’s hardship fund. At lunchtime there will be a karaoke show and students will be able to watch teachers show off their incredible talent! Entry to the karaoke will cost 50p. Furthermore, at lunch we will also be holding a bake sale where buns and cakes donated by parents and students will be sold for prices ranging from 20p-£1.
What can you do to help?
The best way to help refugees directly is to donate money to organisations or charities. Cash donations are the fastest, most efficient way to help these vulnerable people.
- Donate more money when sending your child into school on non-uniform day (Friday 11 December) with more than £1.
- Donate any buns/cakes for our bake sale on Friday 11 December
- Contact RAY and donate through their charity itself: www.refugeeactionyork.org
- Donate to save the children: savethechildren.org.uk
- Donate to human appeal: humanappeal.org.uk
- Donate to Syria relief: www.syriarelief.org.uk
- Donate to refugee action: www.refugee-action.org.uk
- Donate to the world food programme: www.wfp.org
Thank you for your support
Refugee Action Group