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How you can help Syrian refugees

March 10, 2014 at 2:03 PM ET

Since the civil war began in Syria in 2011, millions of residents have been forced to flee from their homes. Two million people have relocated to Iraq, Egypt, Lebanon and Turkey, while another four million remain displaced in Syria. These refugees lack essential goods and services, including food, shelter, medical care, clothing, bedding, cooking pots and safe places for their children to learn and play. The below organizations are providing vital assistance to refugees and are accepting donations in support of their work. 

Mercy Corps, http://www.mercycorps.org/ 

This international aid organization is providing humanitarian relief to Syrian refugees in Lebanon, Iraq and Jordan. 

International Committee of the Red Cross, http://www.icrc.org/eng/ 

The ICRC provides water, food, medical materials and other essential items to Syrian refugees

Save the Children, http://www.savethechildren.org/ 

This organization is providing an array of services to young refugees in Iraq, Egypt, Jordan and Lebanon, including school supplies, health care, food and baby kits. The Crisis Fund page is here.  

Doctors Without Borders, http://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/ 

Also known as Médecins Sans Frontières, this organization is providing staff, medical supplies and medical care at hospitals, clinics and refugee camps both in and outside of Syria. 

FREE-Syria,http://www.free-syria-foundation.org/

This non-profit was founded by a Syrian American and provides aid to displaced citizens and refugees inside Syria. 

SOS Children’s Villages – USA, http://www.sos-usa.org 

The nonprofit organization for orphaned and abandoned children helps to ensure that vital supplies, educational tools, and psychological support reach Syrian children. 

The International Rescue Committee http://www.rescue.org/

The International Rescue Committee is providing medical aid, emergency aid, education programs, and clean water and improved sanitation to refugees. 

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