Frequently Asked Questions

 

 

Syria FAQs

Global Emergency Response Coalition FAQs

 

Syria FAQs

 

1.  What is the current situation in Northwest Syria?

  • 948,000 people – mostly women and children – have been forced to flee horrific violence in Idlib, Syria and are now facing sub-zero temperatures in displacement camps. Most of those IDPs have displaced multiple times to try to find safety, but the region is still constantly under the threat of more violence as bombs continue to drop on homes and hospitals. 
  • This is the largest displacement of children and families in the nearly 9-year-old conflict, and includes at least 560,000 children.
  • The vast majority of people displaced are children and women, who have been forced to flee with just the clothes they are wearing. To keep warm, they resort to burning plastic and other combustible materials when they can’t find wood. Children are dying from the freezing temperatures and from asphyxiation and fires as families use heaters in tents in an attempt to stay warm. The camps in the north are overpopulated and some are already damaged due to current weather conditions. Heating, winter clothes, food, and blankets are essential needs of the displaced individuals whether living in or outside of the camps. 
  • The UN is warning this could be “the biggest humanitarian horror story of the 21st Century.”
  • Many people were forced to flee with nothing but the clothes on their backs and more than 170,000 are now living in dangerously cold conditions.

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2.  Tell me more about the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Syria.

Over the last eight years, intense fighting in Syria has forcibly displaced more people than any other country. At least 13 million, more than half the country’s population, remain displaced, in or outside Syria, missing, or in need of assistance, over half of whom are children. More than 6.7 million Syrians were registered refugees in neighboring, developing countries in 2018. The vast majority of Syrian refugees in the region (more than 80 percent) live outside designated refugee camps, in urban areas among locals, usually in poor neighborhoods where they can afford the rent. This creates additional pressure on already vulnerable infrastructure and on basic resources such as health and education. Syrian refugees are struggling to meet the most basic needs, having left everything behind. 

  • Humanitarian groups are unable to access many conflict areas, so there is limited knowledge of civilians’ needs.
  • As many as 70% of Syrians live in extreme poverty, on less than $1.90 a day.

The current humanitarian response mechanisms in place are overstretched, underfunded, and hampered by deteriorating conditions across Syria. Aid trucks are taking days or weeks to reach those who need it most because of traffic jams. Humanitarian workers themselves are also living under the threat of violence.

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3.  Why is the GERC launching an appeal right now?

The situation for Syrians is growing increasingly dire by the day. In Northwest Syria, this is the largest displacement of civilians since the country’s civil war broke out in 2011. The member NGOs decided enough is enough – action needs to be taken now to:

  • Increase awareness among Americans about the worsening situation
  • Ramp up media coverage and create an active dialogue among key stakeholders
  • Make a concrete difference by activating an appeal to raise relief funds and support the humanitarian efforts currently underway (that are stretched very thin and it is only worsening) to aid Syrians in the region
  • Raise awareness among corporate partners who have the ability to make game-changing donations

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4.  What are GERC members doing to help people in northwest Syria and other Syrians in the country and region?

The Coalition members and their local partners are working together to make a difference across all key aspects of humanitarian aid for Syrians – from running education, health, and nutrition programs to providing life-saving necessities like food, water, and shelter to better protect them from the elements. Members are working in Syria, Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, and Iraq to best serve the needs of Syrians across the region. Our collective efforts are helping the more than 3 million displaced Syrians in need of humanitarian aid in Northwest Syria, the millions more throughout the rest of the country, and the 6.7 million refugees who have already fled Syria’s borders. We are helping save the lives of children and families who are most at risk.

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5.  So some members are working on the ground and others are leveraging partners?

Yes; while some members are involved directly in the relief response in various ways, others partner with regional organizations to expand their network where they may not have an existing presence.

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6.  How will my donation be used?

Each Coalition member conducts an assessment and uses donated funds to help deliver aid as quickly as possible – often in a matter of hours or days. For Syrians across the country and beyond its borders, members are working together and with regional partners to deliver life-saving aid including food, shelter, water, protection from the weather, and more. Right now, the greatest need we are seeing on the ground is shelter. Families are draping tarps across tree limbs as last-ditch efforts or dragging windows and doors from their previous homes to try and create insulation in tents. Families are struggling to keep their children warm because of this lack of adequate shelter and housing and children are dying because of it.

Your donation will directly help Syrians who have fled their homes, often leaving everything behind. They need all the basics to sustain their lives: food, clothing, healthcare, shelter, and household and hygiene items. Refugees also need reliable supplies of clean water, as well as sanitation facilities. Children need a safe environment and a chance to play and go to school. Adults need employment options in cases of long-term displacement.

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Global Emergency Response Coalition FAQs

 

1. What is the Global Emergency Response Coalition?

We are the one of the largest life-saving humanitarian alliance in the United States, made up of leading international aid organizations. In times of crisis and disaster, the Coalition mobilizes to help children and families in urgent need by raising awareness and funds. By working together, we deliver emergency relief even more quickly and efficiently to save lives and help rebuild communities.

 

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2. Which humanitarian aid organizations are members of the Coalition?

CARE, International Rescue Committee, Mercy Corps, Plan International USA, Oxfam, Save the Children, and World Vision.

 

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3. How does the Coalition save lives?

The Coalition and our members work together to increase awareness about disasters and raise funds, which increases the capacity of each organization to deliver emergency relief quickly and efficiently. Donations to the Coalition support life-saving programs such as emergency food delivery, medical care, shelter, child protection, psychosocial support, and water, sanitation and hygiene.

 

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4. What types of crises does the Coalition respond to?

The increasing frequency and severity of natural and man-made disasters are displacing a growing number of children, women and men, and causing loss of life and livelihood everywhere. We stand ready to respond to any large-scale emergency where we can help save lives and help communities recover and rebuild.

 

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5. When was the Coalition founded?

The Coalition was founded in 2017 to respond to the ongoing hunger crisis in Africa and the Middle East. Recognizing the power and efficiencies of working together, the eight member organizations decided to formalize the Coalition in 2019 to continue to raise awareness and funds in the United States for emergency response around the globe. We are the only coalition of our kind in the U.S.

 

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6. What crises or disasters has the Coalition responded to?

In 2017, more than 20 million people faced starvation as an unprecedented hunger crisis spread across Africa and the Middle East. The Coalition came together to inspire donors in the U.S. to get involved; thanks to their generous support, we raised more than $4 million dollars to address this hunger crisis.

Our members worked to support those most vulnerable to famine and malnutrition, especially infants, pregnant and nursing mothers, and children. For example, in Yemen, International Medical Corps established 38 oral rehydration points for urgent care of suspected cholera patients and trained workers in early detection. In South Sudan, CARE screened more than 3,700 children for malnutrition and established six mobile health sites. In Kenya, Save the Children screened nearly 7,000 children for malnutrition and reached over 5,000 people with therapeutic treatment supplies at its nutrition centers. Mercy Corps fed more than 2,200 malnourished children between the ages of three and 12 in South Sudan and supported another 4,000 people with nutritional and hygiene training.

 

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7. Why do these humanitarian aid organizations need to work as a coalition?

The urgent need for humanitarian aid continues to outpace the ability of institutions and governments to help. According to the United Nations, one out of every 70 people around the world is in need of humanitarian assistance. And the ability to recover from disasters – and therefore the need for support – now averages nine years, much longer than in previous eras.

In a humanitarian system where funding is strained, creative solutions are needed. By collaborating and coordinating to raise funds and attention for these large-scale emergencies, together we believe we can be part of the solution to help the growing number of people in urgent need.

 

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8. Where can I make a donation today?

It is easy to make a donation to the Coalition through our website. Please click any of the “Donate” buttons or click here to access the form.

You can also write a check and mail it to:

Global Impact
c/o Global Emergency Response Coalition
1199 North Fairfax Street, Suite 300
Alexandria, VA 22314

 

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9. What is the Coalition’s tax ID number?

Our tax ID number is 52-1273585.

 

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10. I did not receive my tax receipt for my donation to the Coalition. What should I do?

Please send us an email at donate@charity.org to request your receipt. If you donated to the Coalition via a check, please include your mailing address in your email request.

 

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11. What is Global Impact?

Global Impact is a nonprofit organization that serves as the fiscal sponsor for the Coalition. Global Impact is the steward for all donations to the Coalition.

 

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12. Does my donation go toward a specific emergency or to a general fund?

When the Coalition is actively raising money for a specific emergency, your generous donation will be used to address those urgent needs. Otherwise, all donations will be collected in a general fund that is quickly made available to our members when responding to targeted humanitarian crises.

 

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13. How long will it take for donations to be put to work saving lives?

When a disaster strikes, each Coalition member conducts a rapid needs assessment and starts using donated funds to help deliver aid as quickly as possible – often in a matter of hours or days.

 

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14. How much of my donation will go toward the communities affected?

At least 85 percent of all donations will go directly to support the communities affected.

Approximately 5 percent of donations are used to cover the operational costs of the Coalition.

 

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15. How can I be assured that the funds I donate are allocated appropriately?

As long-standing leaders in humanitarian aid, each of our members bring a shared value of accountability to the Coalition. Through careful stewardship of resources, along with detailed tracking and communication of results, we ensure that our efforts in disaster relief are reaching the people and communities most in need.

 

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16. How is the Coalition governed?

The Coalition is governed by the chief executive officers of each member organization and run by a small, nimble staff, led by a managing director. [Meet Our Staff]

 

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17. Can I volunteer for the Coalition or any of its members?

The Coalition is not recruiting volunteers at this time. But some of our member organizations enlist volunteers to help with work in their U.S. offices or fundraising. Feel free to learn more from  CARE, International Rescue Committee, Mercy Corps, Plan International USA, Save the Children and World Vision.

 

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18. Is the Coalition affiliated with a certain religion?

No. Our members work with communities and peoples of all faiths.
 

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19. Is the Coalition affiliated with the U.S. government?

No. Our members may receive government funds and partner with governments of many countries in the course of their work. The Coalition itself does not partner directly with governments or receive funding from the U.S. government.