Earlier this year, we launched an emergency campaign to aid Syrians who have lost their homes as a result of the ongoing crisis. The latest estimates from the United Nations Refugee Agency place the number of Syrian refugees at more than 500,000. We are overwhelmed by the outpouring of generosity from so many of you who helped us raise $55,345 for emergency relief for thousands of refugees. With a 25 percent match from CAAP’s Disaster Relief Fund, the grand total is more than $65,000.
The funds will be distributed to Catholic Relief Services, Questscope, Mercy Corps, Life for Relief and Development and UNICEF-United States Fund. These organizations are providing much needed basic resources and services to Syrian refugees within the country and in the surrounding countries of Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey. Thank you all for your concern and support. You can learn more about CAAP’s disaster relief efforts by visiting our website.