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Collaborative Funding; Protection, Security and Well-beingWebinars

Multifaith Responses to the Syrian Refugee Crisis

Co-sponsored by: Organized by Multifaith Alliance for Syrian Refugees

The Syrian refugee crisis, soon entering its sixth year, is the worst humanitarian crisis since the Second World War. Nearly half of Syria’s population has fled the country. Of these, 5 million Syrians (80% of whom are women and children under 12) are registered refugees living in camps in the bordering countries, awaiting resettlement.

The Multifaith Alliance for Syrian Refugees (MFA), made up of 75 mostly faith-based organizations, serves as a coordinating body, an action network, and a vehicle through which to harness the power of the faith-based and civil society collective in service to Syrian war victims. MFA, in partnership with American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) has raised nearly $2 million to support humanitarian aid agencies providing direct services to refugees, aiding more than 85,000 Syrian war victims.
This webinar will address:
  • The three great fears–economic impact, terrorism, and Islamophobia–that hamper humane and sensible policies for Syrian refugees, and which prevent their rights from being fulfilled.
  • Gaps that can be filled by philanthropy in addressing the Syrian crisis.

Speakers include:

  • Georgette Bennett, Founder, Multifaith Alliance for Syrian Refugees (moderator)
  • Shadi Martini, Senior Syria Advisor, Multifaith Alliance, and Syrian refugee/activist
  • Representative of either Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, Joint Distribution Committee, or HIAS