20 Jun Standing with refugees and nonprofits that serve them on World Refugee Day
The Syrian civil warfare has created the most important humanitarian disaster in our lifetime. More than 5 million folks have been compelled to depart behind household, possessions, faculty and work—mainly their whole lives. But Syrians aren’t alone in fleeing violence and persecution. Global displacement is at an all-time excessive, and refugees from Somalia, Afghanistan, and different international locations affected by battle and violence are searching for sanctuary all through the Middle East, Northern Africa, Europe and different elements of the world.
Since September 2015, we’ve been working with humanitarian organizations to reply to the refugee disaster. These organizations are specialists within the area, and have instructed us the place Google can fill a niche—with funding, know-how or experience. We’ve donated greater than $20 million in Google.org grants to nonprofits, offering greater than 800,000 refugees entry to the web, very important info and instructional assets. On World Refugee Day, we need to share an replace on just a few of our ongoing initiatives.
From the beginning, our nonprofit grantees instructed us that connectivity and info are important types of help. One of our early efforts was to assist refugees and first responders in Greece get web entry. We offered a grant and a dozen Googler volunteers to NetHope, which has enabled them to put in free Wi-Fi in 76 refugee camps. As a end result, lots of of 1000’s of refugees have been capable of talk with their family members by textual content and voice messages.
We realized from the International Rescue Committee that clear and well timed info is important in a time of disaster. To assist nonprofits shortly disseminate reliable info, we helped construct Refugee.Info with IRC and Mercy Corps. Featuring details about the asylum course of, translation instruments and maps, the platform has turn into a significant useful resource for refugees in Greece and the Balkans. With the help of a brand new $1 million Google.org grant and technical volunteers from Google, IRC is now increasing the app to serve refugees within the Middle East.
The refugee journey isn’t solely harmful, but in addition lengthy and irritating; it interrupts careers, educations and desires indefinitely. So a giant focus of our assist is on nonprofits that present refugees entry to instructional assets whereas they’re in camps and as soon as they’ve been resettled. We awarded a grant of $three million grant to Queen Rania Foundation to assist develop a web-based platform that offers entry to instructional assets for Arabic-speaking college students and academics throughout the Middle East and North Africa. And in Germany, libraries and nonprofits like AsylPlus are utilizing Chromebooks from Project Reconnect to supply language studying and job-placement applications to greater than 150,000 refugees to assist them combine into their new communities.
In addition to straight serving refugees, our work with nonprofits has aimed to offer the worldwide neighborhood with genuine and credible details about the disaster. Last month, we partnered with UNHCR to launch Searching for Syria, an internet site with the aim of serving to folks in every single place higher perceive the Syrian refugee disaster by Google Trends information, private tales and the wealthy info from the the UNHCR. We’re additionally shedding gentle on refugees’ experiences, like Maher’s, who got here to the U.S. from Iraq.
The results of the refugee disaster will likely be felt for years, and no single group can resolve it on its personal—it requires a group effort. Nonprofits offering assist and creating alternatives for communities affected by crises want our assist now greater than ever, and we’ll proceed to assist these heroes to assist them make an excellent larger affect.