War and oppression have devastating consequences on the freedom and well-being of innocent children caught in the crossfire. We’re at work in communities touched by conflict to ensure these children are protected and have all they need to reach their full potential.
1 in every 113 people are displaced. Over half of those are children.
That's over 65 million people globally who have been forcibly displaced by war, violence, and persecution. We believe that no border or barrier should stop people from experiencing God’s love. That’s why we go where others have said we cannot, working with vulnerable and displaced communities that are difficult to reach in order to bring practical solutions that build a future for children free from hardship and exploitation.
We work with the vulnerable and the hard to reach.
Refugees are forced to leave their country in order to escape war, persecution, or natural disaster and have legal right to seek safe asylum. They face limited access to healthcare and education and often with no means of official employment. Also, they are dependent on outside assistance for the basic necessities to survive.
Internally Displaced People
Internally displaced people are those who are forced to flee their homes but remain within their country's borders. They are often extremely vulnerable, facing food shortages, inadequate shelter, lack of access to water, sanitation, healthcare, and education. This severely impacts the wellbeing of children and contributes to high malnutrition and mortality rates.
A migrant worker is someone working outside of their home country. They often represent a country’s poorest people, working in the lowest paid and most dangerous jobs. In many cases, migrant workers are not entitled to the same rights as citizens, leading to exploitation by employers and officials, with children in particular at risk of being trafficked.
A stateless person has no recognized citizenship in any country. They can experience persecution, arbitrary taxation, extortion, restrictions on movement, and limited access to education and healthcare. Their lack of recognized rights and desperation lead many to attempt escaping their circumstances, often ending up in the hands of traffickers or losing their lives at sea.
We have 3 big ideas to change their future.
With your help, we not only bring relief aid into desperate situations, but we have been planning for and re-building infrastructure to meet children's primary needs; working side-by-side, together with the people themselves.
Sustainable development for community wellbeing and a nurturing environment for children.
Strengthening families and restoring communities to stop the trafficking, oppression, and exploitation of children.
Emergency provision of food, shelter materials, and basic survival necessities during times of acute crisis.
Where We Work
An extended and complex civil war in Syria has resulted in a humanitarian crisis almost beyond comprehension that has affected multiple surrounding nations and resulted in the displacement of around 11 million people, over half of which are children. Over 4 million people are seeking shelter in various neighboring countries, while many more are risking life-threatening trips across the Mediterranean Sea to seek safety in Europe.
Complicating the situation is the battle for control of territory in Iraq and Syria by ISIS, a terrorist militant group seeking to expand the region governed by hardline Islamic rule, known as a caliphate, that it controls. The grave and wide-reaching human rights abuses committed by ISIS and other groups involved within the conflict in Syria and Iraq means millions of people are in need of humanitarian assistance. Due to the nature of the conflict and continuing instability in this brutal war, access to displaced communities in some areas is extremely difficult.
Emergency relief, access to healthcare, and education opportunities are all areas of great need amongst both the internally displaced in Syria and Iraq and refugees who have fled to neighboring countries.
Despite recent changes in to a nominally civilian government, Myanmar’s population of 50 million people continue to suffer the effects of decades of military rule and oppression, which have led to the displacement of hundreds of thousands of people. As well as being a significant source of refugees and migrant workers in Southeast Asia, the deep poverty and hardship faced by many has resulted in Myanmar being a major source of trafficked people, including children, throughout the region.
The decades of heavy investment in military expenditure at the expense of healthcare and education has also left many without access to basic medical care and the opportunity to go to school. Mass displacement of villagers in eastern Myanmar following attacks by the Myanmar Army in the 1980’s saw hundreds of thousands of people flee their homes across the Thai-Myanmar border to seek refuge. While not being a signatory to the United Nations Refugee Convention, Thailand has allowed these refugees to live in a number of temporary camps along the border, but has left the responsibility of providing them with aid to international non-government organizations.