The Syrian war and how you can help.

It has been reported that more than 500,000 Syrians have fled their home country to surrounding countries, such as Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan. They are escaping their civil war.

These refugees are dependent on outside help for nearly every need: food, clothing and shelter. Fortunately there are several truthful non profit organizations that specifically aide these refugees.

  • Doctors without Borders is an “international medical humanitarian organization that provides aid in nearly 60 countries to people who survival is threatened by violence, neglect, or catastrophe…” 
  • Saving the Children creates real and lasting change for children in need both in the United States and throughout the world. They work in more than 50 countries and serve 48 million children. This organization operates by focusing on the areas of economic and education opportunities, as well problems as lack of protection and hunger.
  • Mercy Corps exists “to alleviate suffering, poverty and oppression by helping people build secure and productive and just communities”. This program operates in the worlds toughest places and is improving the lives of 19 million people. 

Join in with one of these organizations and help end the suffering of refugees. The Syrian War does not just effect the country of Syria, but the surrounding countries and even the world. It is our job as Christians to help those in need.

James 1:27 says, “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” 

What about you? Have you heard of the Syrian war? Would you be willing to help with one of these organizations? 

The scandal behind World Vision

World Vision is an internationally known nonprofit. This particular organization aides in transforming communities through child sponsorship. 

In June 2009, World Vision was caught in the middle of a fraud case in Liberia. Three former employees were accused of stealing food and materials intended for helping people recovering from the civil war, and then sold the products for profits in local markets. 

Not only did corruption occur in foreign countries, but dishonesty is prevalent here in America. A commentor on a Wolrd Vision Storycommenter adds, “I used to work for World Vision…in fundraising actually I got to personally keep 75% of everything I collected from my donors as my ‘salary,’ It is interesting why people fundraising for people in need get to keep such a large percentage of the donation. 

Another interesting aspect of this nonprofit is to see how much the CEO makes a year. According to Charity Navigator, the CEO of World Vision makes nearly $380,000 a year. This is quite a large amount of money for someone who is devoted to serving others with their life. 

Although not all aspects of World Vision are corrupt, it is crucial tor recognize that not all aspects of World Vision are truthful. Before you write that next check for your sponsor child, check up with World Vision. Make sure that the child is getting the money and education they deserves.

So what about you? Have you heard of World Vision or their scandals before? Have you ever sponsored a child with them?