March 2016 marks the fifth year of the war in Syria, which has lead to the largest refugee crisis since World War II. At times, it seems like many of us are hopeless in aiding these refugees, but there are small ways for us to reach out and make a difference. We can start by sending hope to Syrian Refugees with CARE.
CARE is a company I have known about and supported for many years, and I appreciate them launching this campaign, which includes letters of hope from people along with packages. If you’ve never heard of them before, CARE is a humanitarian organization that works to fight poverty across the globe.
While CARE has continued to help these refugees throughout the war in Syria, as the five year mark rolled around their mission was to also give the children hope. To do this, they turned to previous refugees from World War II, who offered words of wisdom and encouragement to these children. The result is touching, uplifting, and inspiring.
While each story is special, the one that touched my heart the most was Gunter’s letter to Zaher, a refugee in Jordan. Gunter wrote,
“I‘m writing to share my story with you to let you know that, no matter how bad things may seem, there are good people in this world who can make everything better.”
While I’ve never been in a situation like Gunter and Zaher have, I know just how many good people there are in the world, more good than bad. These first lines drew me to learn more about the story. You can read more about this story and the others here.
Now more than ever, we need to help each other. We need to realize that we are in this together and that we all share this planet. If we can look at each other and realize just how small our differences are and how much of a difference we can make in the lives of each other, the world will be a better place. It doesn’t always take much, often just a few kind words, and that’s exactly what this project is all about. It’s to remind these kids that they aren’t forgotten.
How you can help:
Write a letter of your own to send to a Syrian refugee and bring hope to their life. I think this is the easiest way to help and you can even encourage your children to write a small message.
I wish you strength and courage during this time. I also encourage you to look toward the future and smile. Don’t give up on your dreams and goals & try your best each day. Things are going to get better.Wishing you happiness each day!
If you want to do more than just write a letter, you can also donate a CARE package. CARE has been delivering these packages since World War II and they include essentials such as hygiene products and food.