There has not been a refugee crisis of current proportions since World War II. As millions of families run from misery and war political leaders and governments are deliberately looking the other way. Members of Avaaz from all over the world took action, funded projects by land and sea, and donated almost a million dollars to help the refugees. Their donation funded missions to save lives, helped refugees survive the harshness of the winter, and called for human policies. Thousands of Avaaz members even took refugees into the care of their homes.
The efforts of Avaaz began in 2013 when they helped the refugees in Lebanon. They challenged governments to save the children in Syria who had no means of getting an education with a $1 million donation. Their donation was matched a hundred to one by the governments and Avaaz was called magnificent. In 2015 there were a staggering number of refugees struggling to get to Europe on sea voyages that were often deadly. Avaaz raised $500,000 and supported a private rescue operation that was the most effective anywhere in the Mediterranean.
Avaaz sent critical supplies to the Greek islands because the refugees were coming and had nothing. They reunited refugees with their children in the United Kingdom and made families whole again. When the world was staggering from the death of a Syrian toddler named Alan Kurdi, Avaaz began working with his aunt and their petition for a human policy for refugees gathered 1.2 million signatures. The policy was in honor of the little boy and Avaaz made headline all over the world. Avaaz will never stop because they will always use their voice to fight for humanity. They will be there when tragedy strikes to offer aid. They will be heard and they will make a difference.