All for them.
As we look back at 2022, we are grateful for all that was accomplished with your support. Your generosity helped us reach more than half a million people during the year. This record number includes lives saved, families fed, children back in school, sick and injured healed, and so much more. You were instrumental in caring for them and we know they join us in being thankful for you.
This impact report is an expression of thanks for your part in reaching this record number of people. As you look through it, I hope you can get a feel for the impact your contribution has made to many. Our goal is to see lives improved and it is because of you that we were able to impact more people in 2022 than ever before.
Thank you for going there with us.
It’s hard to comprehend the scale of the humanitarian disaster that has unfolded in Myanmar since the military coup in 2021. The brutal retaliation of any kind of resistance against the regime has led to a great deal of suffering across much of the country. As a result, the food, access to health care, education, and livelihood training you helped provide became a lifeline for many.
In times of uncertainty, sustainable farming helps bring some stability.
The displacement of families due to conflict with the Myanmar Army has forced them into relocation sites where traditional farming is difficult. Often, the lack of knowledge in more efficient farming techniques means many of these communities will struggle to grow enough to eat. So the Eden Development Training center, situated in the center of this ongoing conflict, has become an even more critical facility to ensure the continued training of villagers in organic farming techniques that bring greater success in their food production efforts.
You worked in migrant communities and amongst refugee populations to provide greater access to education, vocational and livelihood training, health care and food support as people were affected by an economic downturn and increased conflict in bordering Myanmar.
Kids need a safe place to call home more than ever.
Due to ongoing fighting and airstrikes in Karen State, more children are coming to the refugee camps for education and their safety. That’s why the community-run boarding homes Partners supports on the Thai-Myanmar border continue to play a critical role in enhancing educational opportunities and providing the basic needs to children made vulnerable by the conflict.
With almost half a million Rohingya still living in limbo in one of the largest, most crowded refugee camps in the world, the children in these continue to face multiple challenges to their safety and wellbeing. So you provided shelter, hygiene training, medical care, and education support to families who still face an uncertain future.
Easily accessible healthcare means thinking local.
Hosting nearly a million Rohingya refugees, the demand for the health services provided by larger organizations in the camps near Cox’s Bazar is well beyond what they can meet. So by training local Rohingya volunteers who can provide basic health care, some of those who would have been out of reach of medical help can receive the support they need. And where cases are more complex, these community health workers can refer them on to a more well-equipped medical clinic.
Since the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan in 2021, the country has endured a deepening humanitarian crisis. Acute malnutrition is spiking across the country, while an earthquake in June brought even more suffering in the country’s southeast. You showed up to help in some of the most vulnerable and deeply affected communities, reminding them they aren’t alone.
Responding to a disaster amidst a humanitarian crisis.
On June 22, 2022, the regions of Paktika and Khost were rocked by a major earthquake, killing over 1,000 people and leaving thousands more residents, already suffering the social and economic effects of Taliban takeover, facing another tragedy. So our local partners responded. Working with local officials, they organized the distribution of food packages, with a particular focus on supporting families who had lost both their homes and loved ones. According to those who received the food, it came just at the right time when they were in extreme need.
Rebuilding schools, providing trauma care to children, actively empowering more young girls and women to restore some of the freedom and dignity taken from them during the ISIS occupation; these are the ways you helped heal a region left deeply scarred by conflict and oppression.
Supporting start-ups that reach those on the fringe.
It's no secret that we believe communities are experts on the solutions needed to address the challenges they face and our goal is to equip them with the resources they need to implement change. So when Yazidi laborers who live outside official camps and receiving no financial support came to us with a start-up idea, we were all ears. Their farming business was kick-started by providing them with rented land and supplies to start the growing season. The income they receive from selling produce covers wages and, potentially, future running costs.
From reconstructing schools destroyed by war, to operating a pediatric clinic in one of the world’s most desolate refugee camps, your support helped restore critical health and education services for Syrians displaced by conflict. But you didn’t stop there, providing food, heating, water and other relief supplies to families who continue to suffer after a decade of civil war.
Simple help means everything in Sere Kaniye Camp.
As Turkish bombing operations continued to create a buffer zone along the whole northern border of Syria, more and more families in the region were forced to flee. Many of the newly displaced, such as Ahmad and his family, found their way to Sere Kaniye Camp. As a result, the need for basic necessities like food, bedding and heating is as important as ever and is why our team continue to provide emergency relief in this camp of over 11,000 people.
Six days after Russia started its invasion, we had a team heading to Ukraine in the lane that we know best: going to war zones where few organizations are able to go. We worked alongside inspiring local partners to get help to where it was needed as the rapid escalation of conflict displaced millions of people.
The gap has been filled.
When our team first landed in Ukraine, our priority was to fill the gap that existed between the war starting and larger aid organizations arriving on the scene. In this time of uncertainty, our staff quickly connected with local communities to deliver the emergency relief you provided. We sheltered with them in basements during air raids. We reminded them that they are not forgotten. We shared their stories with you. Now with larger organizations up and running, we have scaled down. Because this is how we work.
Described as the worst humanitarian crisis in the world, the impact of Yemen’s civil war is beyond comprehension, with 8 million children going hungry every day. In 2022, we were able to work alongside our local partner to provide support to thousands of impacted children.