Relief services' resources

Note: This page is frequently updated. It is by no means complete.

This page focuses on Facebook groups and websites of NGOs, volunteer groups, and programs providing relief services to refugees. Links to Facebook and/or websites are just below the organizations' descriptions. Descriptions are from their Facebook page and/or website, unless noted. These are general relief services - shelter, food, clothing, and more. For specific types of services, visit other pages on this site.

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Compendia of relief organizations in Europe and the Middle East

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RefugeesHub
This is an interactive website that allows the user to choose from a list of cities from around the world to locate relief services.

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Refugee Projects -- We've created an app that centralizes refugee crisis initiatives so you can easily find a project that meets your needs.

Note.  The list is comprehensive and available by area of need/interest and alphabetically.  Very ambitious!  It is being updated on a daily basis.

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Note. The UNHCR's Refugees/Migrants Emergency Response - Mediterrean has a "complete" list of partners in their work in Europe and the Middle East.

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The 19 Million Project
What will we tell our children about what we did when faced with one of the greatest humanitarian crises in our lifetime?

This is the question we must ask ourselves as journalists and as humans. And it is the question central to the 19 Million Project, created by Chicas Poderosas in partnership with Univision and Fusion Networks, to explore how Europe’s pressing refugee crisis came to be, and what can be done to fix it.

The 19 Million Project takes its name from the estimated 19 million migrants who have fled persecution and war, and risked their lives to provide a better life for their families in recent years. We have been transfixed by images of drowned toddlers and police confrontations, but to truly address the larger migration and refugee crisis, many of us must better understand the causes, as well as how the key actors – be they politicians or regular folks on the ground – can and should respond.

We will look at which governments are leading the path, and which are failing migrants. Rather than sit idly by, we will also explore new solutions to address the pressing concerns of this global political crisis. We want to use our network of journalists, developers, designers, digital strategists and citizens to tackle big questions and share our findings with a global audience, bringing fresh eyes to the crisis and fresh ways of looking at the issue — all the while telling the myriad of human stories.

Each of the three media organizations involved in this project brings distinct strengths and audiences to this project. The nonprofit Chicas Poderosas has worked for a number of years to harness diverse voices and the power of digital media to help improve our world. FUSION is committed to providing content for a young, engaged and globally aware audience. Univision has a long history of award-winning international coverage and a deep understanding of the challenges facing migrants and journalists seeking to tell their stories. Now it’s time to put our training, energy and expertise to use in this emergency.

Mariana Santos – Chicas Poderosas founder and Fusion’s Director of Interactive Projects – says: “We need a new kind of initiative, that brings together journalists who are focused on making a change in the world, who won’t quit easily to ignite the 19 Million Project. “

Powered by Fusion and Univision with the local support of the Italian Coalition for Civil Liberties (CILD), which unites more than 30 national human rights groups, we are organizing our biggest assembly yet.

We are calling on journalists, developers, designers, academics, government and business leaders and human rights activists across Latin America, the United States, Europe, Middle East and Africa to come together to tackle the complexities of the crisis we are now witnessing and look for new ways to disseminate potential solutions.

This group of digital media professionals, as well as human rights activists and experts will convene in early November in Rome (Italy) to illuminate and advance the narrative around migration and Europe and by doing so improve the situation of the migrants crisis.

The fate of the 19 million and growing will be decided in the coming years. We must do our part now.

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Do Your Part is committed to doing our part to assist in the first response, relief, and long-term recovery needs of communities during and in the aftermath of disasters, natural, or man-made. Do Your Part works diligently with survivors to help them regain self sufficiency, sustainability and confidence. We maintain a grassroots approach to better assist the masses, and in 'peace time' work passionately to involve communities and individuals to prepare for disaster and to adopt the Pay It Forward concept.

Since early in 2016 Do Your Part was ask to Co-Manage Camp Oinofyta, a refugee camp in mainland Greece. Do Your Part continues to give refugees options for living with grace, dignity, and hope.

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Dubarah is a service network, based on understanding the problems and needs of the individuals to create the best solutions for them, through a shared online platform which links those who has a problem with others who has the solution. The need to establish Dubarah emerged due to the ongoing war in Syria, as many Syrians were forced to leave Syria and take decision of asylum and immigration in countries they have never visited, it was a must to have a network which addresses their needs and provide them with help & support in those countries to be able to continue their lives.

Dubarah was awarded Ashoka fellowship through its founder Ahmad ِEdilBi, the first Syrian awarded with Ashoka fellowship, in addition to the fellowship of Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts. 

Note. Based in Dubai, UAE, Dubarah is in English and Arabic.

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Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) is the leading international body that monitors and analyses situations of people internally displaced by conflict, generalised violence, human rights violations, and natural or human-made disasters. 

IDMC raises awareness and advocates for respect of the rights of at-risk and uprooted peoples, who do not benefit from the protection of international treaties. It also aims to promote durable solutions for internally displaced persons (IDPs), through return, local integration or settlement elsewhere in the country.

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International Organization for Migration (IOM)
Established in 1951, IOM is the leading inter-governmental organization in the field of migration and works closely with governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental partners.

With 162 member states and offices in over 150 countries, IOM is dedicated to promoting humane and orderly migration for the benefit of all. It does so by providing services and advice to governments and migrants.

IOM works in the four broad areas of migration management: Migration and development, Facilitating migration, Regulating migration, Forced migration.

IOM activities that cut across these areas include the promotion of international migration law, policy debate and guidance, protection of migrants' rights, migration health and the gender dimension of migration.

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International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world's worst humanitarian crises & helps some of the most vulnerable people from harm to home.

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Lost Refugees
This website is created for helping refugees, who lost their relatives, to get in touch with one another again. Please share it with your connections and over your social pages. This site has no commercial purpose at all. Please help us and them by spreading the word of our website.

Note. This website is in a number of languages. A person is looking for someone or who wants to be found can register here.

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Migrant Offshore Aid Station is a non-profit organisation dedicated to mitigating the loss of life at sea along the world's deadliest migrant routes.

Note. One of the main supporters of MOAS is Duc Nguyen. "Duc Nguyen, one of millions of refugee who fled Vietnam across the South China Sea following the end of the war in 1975, says:

“In Vietnam we have a saying: ‘Ăn trái nhớ kẻ trồng cây.’ It means, when eating the fruit, think of the person who planted the tree. Now as we are established in the land of freedom, it is important to give others the same chance at survival that we were granted and metaphorically plant a new tree of life. For those of us that belong to the Vietnamese overseas community, we share a moral obligation and social responsibility to support this mission.”

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Logo for Organization for Refuge, Asylum & Migration
Organization for Refuge, Asylum & Migration (ORAM) works within a paradox of persecution—where secrecy is crucial for safety, but protection requires revealing identity.

Drawing upon its deep roots and extensive ties within both the refugee and LGBTI arenas, ORAM influences institutional changes that help create a more responsive climate and humane policies for refugees on their complex path to safety. An official partner of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), ORAM has earned the trust of refugees and international colleagues alike.

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Refugee Cities exists to expand the options of displaced people by promoting special-status settlements in which they can engage in meaningful, dignifying, and rewarding work, thereby providing for their families and contributing to the economic and social development of their hosts and homelands.

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Refugees United (REFUNITE)
Are you looking for missing family members or friends? Refugees United is a free online family tracing tool that provides refugees and refugee agencies alike with a means to instantly engage in the process of family tracing through web and mobile phones.

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ReliefWeb is a service provided by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

- is the world’s leading on-line gateway to information on humanitarian emergencies and disasters, with 3 dutystations providing 24 hour global coverage.

- is an independent vehicle of information, designed specifically to assist the international humanitarian community in effective delivery of emergency assistance.

- provides timely, reliable and relevant information as events unfold, while emphasizing the coverage of "forgotten emergencies".

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Logo for Support to Life (Hayata Destek)
Support to Life (Hayata Destek) is a humanitarian aid agency based in Istanbul and founded with the principal objective of working with communities to help them meet their basic needs and rights. Emergency relief aid is provided impartially in response to humanitarian crises with a focus on laying the foundations for rehabilitation, reconstruction and participatory development.  Disaster preparedness and disaster risk reduction are important components of STL's mission. STL is prepared to undertake emergency response and action not just in Turkey, but the neighboring  areas of the Middle East, Caucasus, Balkans, Western Asia, and Central Asia.

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The United Nations
**The official page of the United Nations**

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The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the UN Refugee Agency, is a global organization dedicated to saving lives, protecting rights and building a better future for refugees, forcibly displaced communities and stateless people.

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U.S. Department of State: Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migrants (PRM)
The Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM) is one of the State Department's "functional," as opposed to "geographic" bureaus. Functional bureaus focus on a particular issue wherever it arises around the world. Our focus is refugees, other migrants, and conflict victims. Our goal is to protect these populations, who are often living in quite dangerous conditions.

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Logo for The Unmentionables
The Unmentionables is a non-profit organization which provides global refugee populations with goods considered “unmentionable”: underwear, sexual health products and culturally-sensitive feminine hygiene products. 

We provide these unmentionable necessities to men, women and children who aren't very visible. These products inspire self-respect and promote safety.

We are an international group of practical people, obsessed with logistics, who cannot bear to see vulnerable populations go bare

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Urban Refugees -- Raising the Voice of the Invisible
We promote the rights of urban refugees and internally displaced people (IDPs) worldwide

Through our documentation, NGO networking and advocacy activities, we intend to raise the voice of these invisible yet particularly vulnerable populations.

Our mission is to improve the lives of urban refugees and IDPs worldwide by:
- SUPPORTING refugee led organisations through an incubation program
- CONNECTING key stakeholders together
- ADVOCATING at the policy level

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USA for UNHCR is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization established by concerned American citizens that supports the humanitarian work of the UN Refugee Agency. 

Note. Also see The Hive, under Technology.

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Watch the Med (WTM) - Transnational Monitoring Against the Violations of Migrant Rights at Sea
Watch the Mediterranean Sea is an online mapping platform to monitor the deaths and violations of migrants' rights at the maritime borders of the EU.

How Watch the Med works:

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Logo for Watch The Med Alarmphone
Watch the Med - Alarmphone is "an alarm number [+33 4 86 51 71 61] to support rescue operations, not a rescue number. We ourselves cannot rescue anyone, we do not have boats or helicopters. What to do if you are in distress at sea and pushbacks:

  1. First call the coast guards and tell them about your situation of distress.
  2. Then call the Alarm Phone. We will make sure that your distress call is noted and acted upon.
  3. If you are not promptly rescued by the coast guards, call the Alarm Phone again. We will inform the public media and politicians to put pressure on the rescue services."

Note. Many languages are available both on the Facebook group and the website.

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Last updated April 8, 2017

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