Important note: This is not a political post, the motivation is purely humanitarian and intended to help those who need direction.


Those present on social media platforms have undoubtedly been aware of the worsening conditions for civilians in Syria. This has led to many of us writing statuses and posting pictures on social media in an effort to raise awareness, but it is important to take the next step. One of the main problems with encouraging donations and assistance is that average person might not know which NGOs to help, and even if they do, it is easy to have doubts about where your donation will end up. This inspired a new platform called Shou Baamilak? wherein people can submit NGOs worth listing. 

“Shu Baamilak?” is a website that provides crowd sourced and verified listings of the most relevant and reliable NGOs to donate to. Identifying the elements that hold people back from donating will simply make it easier to encourage them to donate. 

Here is a list of the most active and reliable local and international NGOs that are actively helping Syrian civilians.




Image via Savethechildren.org


1. Jusoor »

Jusoor Syria was organized by a group of Syrian expats in order to help Syrian youth realize their potential in various fields. They launch programs that benefit the Syrian community inside and outside Syria related to career development and education.


2. Amel Association
 
Amel is a Lebanese NGO nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize. It provides assistance to Syrian refugees in various fields including health, education, child protection, and professional training.


3. UNHCR - The UN Refugee Agency

The UNHCR works tirelessly to provide shelter, refugee assistance, food, financial compensation, and work placement for many refugees.


4. Doctors Without Borders

With many hospitals destroyed, inaccessible, or out of supplies, Doctors Without Borders plays a major role in treating the injured as well as providing medical care for those with medical conditions .


5. International Rescue Committee

The IRC has many methods of aid; their clinics and mobile health teams treat the injured, their counsellors and doctors help female survivors of assault and abuse, and they provide education and support to thousands of children and their parents.


6. White Helmets Hero Fund

This organization gives 100% of donations directly to The White Helmets, who are volunteers working everyday to help rescue civilians.


7. Save the Children, Fundraise for Syrian Children

The 5 million children in Syria are the focus as they are among the most vulnerable and most in need of care and education, Save the Children is there to save lives with food, medical care, and education and remains to help communities rebuild through long-term recovery programs.


8. Hand in Hand for Syria

Their teams on the ground in Syria take emergency aid directly to those living under threat. They provide food and clothing, water and sanitation, and crucial medical aid.


Know a reliable NGO worth helping? Submit it to http://www.ShouBaamilak.org and the NGO will be added to the crowd sourced list if it is verified to be safe. 

Finally, it is important to know that cash donations are only one of many different ways to help and almost all the NGOs presented offer a way to help in a non-monetary way.

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