The federal government has committed to accepting 25,000 Syrian refugees into Canada by February 2016. The Syrian civil war is one of the worst humanitarian disasters of our time, with more than half the population either seeking refugee status or internally displaced.
Because of the devastation of this crisis, we have decided that the CSU should take an active part in helping out. We have partnered with the Inland Refugee Society of BC to collect donations of essential items such as:
- Toiletries (shampoo, toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, tampons, pads, etc.)
- Household and kitchen items
- Bus tickets
- Warm winter clothes (coats, hats, gloves, etc.)
- Non-perishable food
We are collecting these items in the CSU lounges located in the library and Maple building. Look for the big red bins. Some clothing donations will be accepted but in limited amounts. If you have a lot of clothing donations, consider dropping them off at a homeless shelter.
The Inland Refugee Society of BC is a non-profit, non-governmental organization that assists families and individuals seeking refuge in Metro Vancouver. The Inland Refugee Society is often the first point of contact when refugees first arrive. They ensure immediate needs are met by offering services such as housing assistance, ESL and life classes, and access to a weekly food bank. They have been operating since 1984, and as one of the oldest refugee serving agencies in BC, they are committed to helping newcomers and respecting their human rights and dignity.
Please consider donating to this worthy cause by dropping off your donations before the end of exam period. If you would prefer to volunteer, give a monetary donation, have employment opportunities, or can help providing housing assistance, visit theInland Refugee Society of BC’s website.
United Nations Refugee Agency
The UNHCR coordinates UN refugee responses, including support for host countries providing assistance for Syrian refugees.
International Organization for Migration
The IOM is an intergovernmental organization which provides services and support to governments and migrants.
Amnesty International is a non-governmental organization with a focus on human rights.
Canadian Red Cross
Part of the international humanitarian organization Red Cross/Red Crescent, the Canadian Red Cross is helping to support the efforts of the Syrian Arab Red Crescent in Syria.
Doctors Without Borders
Doctors Without Borders, or Médecins Sans Frontières, operates medical facilities inside Syria and supports more than 100 clinics, health posts and field hospitals in the country.
Migrant Offshore Aid
MOA consists of humanitarians, security professionals, medical staff and maritime officers working to prevent further refugee crisis at sea.
Oxfam is an international confederation of 17 organizations working around the world to find solutions to poverty and support human rights.
The United Nations Children’s Fund is a child-focused humanitarian organization operating in 192 countries, including Syria.
World Food Programme
The World Food Programme is the food assistance branch of the United Nations.
World Vision Canada
The non-profit charitable organization provides food, water and shelter to more than 500,000 Syrian refugees.