Giving Tuesday 2018

Happy #GivingTuesday fam! This is one of my favorite days of the year because it is all about giving back to those in need and supporting the work amazing organizations are doing all over the world. Every year I feature the work of multiple organizations on my social media feeds, and this year I want to take it to the next level by creating a blog post with easy access for you to learn more about the organization and to donate!

Here are some of my favorite organizations to donate to for current crises in the world today:

For Refugee support:

  1. Oxfam America works on the ground in countries where there are humanitarian crises and serves refugee and displaced populations with assistance directly. Oxfam also advocates for the support of refugees here in the US to the administration, Congress and the American public. Donate to Oxfam HERE. All donations will be matched!

  2. UNRWA USA aims to promote a life of dignity and human development for Palestine refugees by informing the American public about UNRWA’s work and generating support for its programs in the Gaza Strip, the West Bank (including East Jerusalem), Syria, Lebanon, and Jordan. THe US administartion has completely cut funding to UNRWA this year. It is critical for us to support the work they do now more than ever. Donate to UNRWA USA HERE.

  3. American Near East Refugee Aid (ANERA) works on the ground with partners in the West Bank, Gaza, Lebanon and Syria. We mobilize resources for immediate emergency relief and for sustainable, long-term health, education, and economic development. Donate to Anera HERE. All donations will be matched!

For Immigration support, specifically #FamilySeparation at the Southern border:

  1. RAICES is a nonprofit that provides free and low-cost legal services to immigrant children, families and refugees in Texas. It’s accepting donations and volunteers at its website. In addition, the #postcards4families campaign will donate $5 to RAICES for every postcard kids write to help the separated immigrant children. Donate to RAICES HERE.

  2. The CARA Project is currently recruiting attorneys, law students and paralegals with experience in asylum work. The group asks volunteers to be fluent in Spanish or willing to work with an interpreter. Donate to CARA Project HERE.

  3. Kids In Need of Defense partners with major law firms, corporations and bar associations to create a nationwide pro bono network to represent unaccompanied children through their immigration proceedings. Volunteers don’t need to have immigration law experience. Donate HERE.

For Yemen support:

  1. Yemen Aid is one of the few organizations that is 100% dedicated to providing aid to the Yemeni people and putting an end to the current humanitarian crisis in Yemen. Dealing with the current challenges Yemen and it's people face requires problem-solvers who are willing to take risks. Yemen Aid emerged out of a pursuit to aid and support the Yemeni people, and a desire for actions to speak louder than words. Donate to Yemen Aid HERE.

  2. Islamic Relief USA (IRUSA) provides relief and development in a dignified manner regardless of gender, race, or religion, and works to empower individuals in their communities and give them a voice in the world. While IRUSA works on many different humanitarian crises and emergency response, there work in Yemen needs support. Donate to IRUSA HERE.

For Syria support:

  1. Karam Foundation develops Innovative Education programs for Syrian refugee youth, distributes Smart Aid to Syrian families, and funds Sustainable Development projects initiated by Syrians for Syrians. Join us as they build the next generation of Syrian Leaders! A Karam leader is every Syrian who we empower to build a better future for themselves and their communities. Karam builds leaders by providing innovative education programs, access to higher education, and training for competitive job skills and careers. Future leaders compound their impact by influencing, inspiring, and mentoring more leaders. In this way, their leaders create a ripple effect of impact and success. Their leaders are defined as problem-solvers, change-makers, and innovators who are driven to serve. They are community organizers, entrepreneurs, teachers, designers, journalists, writers, artists, inventors, engineers, storytellers, and scholars. They will build the future for themselves and the generations to come. Donate to Karam HERE.

  2. Syria Relief and Development (SRD) provides humanitarian aid to Syrians affected by violence, hunger, poverty, injury and displacement. The volatile situation in Syria has created a dire need for food, shelter and medical care. SRD is working to address these needs through our established programs within Syria and in surrounding regions. Donate to SRD HERE.

For Domestic Violence Victims’ support:

Attention: If you're in an abusive relationship and need immediate help, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233.

  1. Battered Women's Justice Project offers domestic violence related training, technical assistance, and consultation to those working in the criminal and civil justice system. Analyzes and advocates for effective policing, prosecuting, sentencing, and monitoring of domestic violence perpetrators. Donate HERE.

  2. National Coalition Against Domestic Violence advocates for major societal changes that will eliminate both personal and social violence for all people by building coalitions, supporting shelter programs, providing public education, and developing policies and legislation. Donate HERE.

  3. Courtney’s House is an organization that has helped more than 500 victims escape from being trafficked and find a new life.  They also train law enforcement and other non-profit groups to help and provide resources to victims. Donate HERE.

Isra Chaker