UN Fundrasing Failures Strain NGOs Caring for Syrian Refugees

A Syrian refugee carries the aid she received from Heart for Lebanon while her small children follow nearby. (Photo courtesy of Heart for Lebanon)

Pressure builds on nonprofits as the United Nations fails to meet its fundraising goals for the Syrian crisis.

At a virtual fundraising conference last week, the UN gave its biggest appeal yet – $10 billion dollars to help people inside Syria and Syrian refugees in the region. Global donors came just short of the halfway mark for this year, pledging $4.4 billion for 2021 and another $2 billion for 2022 and beyond.

“To cut funding will cut resources so that you cannot adequately take care of the refugees, or the people inside Syria,” Heart for Lebanon’s Tom Atema says.

“It puts a lot of pressure on us because the needs are greater.”

Needs rose 20-percent last year. More than 23 million people inside of Syria and surrounding countries need humanitarian aid. That’s the highest number since the conflict started a decade ago.

Dependency on foreign aid springs from failing infrastructure in Syria and Lebanon, the largest host of Syrian refugees. “You have riots inside grocery stores now in Lebanon because people need food. The economy is in bad shape and it’s not being fixed anytime soon,” Atema says.

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth

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