Mission: USA for UNHCR is an independent nonprofit organization that provides support for the humanitarian work of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) through fundraising, education, and advocacy. The organization supports refugee protection and relief programs around the world, meeting needs by providing resources to the world's most vulnerable people. USA for UNHCR also informs Americans about the plight of refugees and advocates for refugee awareness and protection.
Programs: USA for UNHCR supports UNHCR's lifesaving operations around the world to protect refugees, internally displaced people, and former refugees who are returning home. In 2005, UNHCR assisted over 19 million people in 116 countries--providing protection, shelter, clean water, health services, education, and other humanitarian assistance. USA for UNHCR helped fund emergencies and ongoing operations in Sudan (Darfur), Angola, Afghanistan, Colombia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Pakistan as well as many other countries. The organization also provides public outreach through special events, quarterly publications, and daily updates on our website, www.UNrefugees.org.
I have been a volunteer since 2011 when after a course in International Politics I was assign to research all the NGO's. For some reason I connected with the cause and brought it to the campus. I was raising awareness of displaced families and all the have to go through to just survive. With the UN Association in my campus we worked with several campaigns of this wonderful organization. I became so passionate that last year I volunteer on a refugee resettlement in the USA. It was a great experience, listening to them share their stories. They invited me to their homes, where we sat and they offered me tea and we talk for hours. From doctors, to housewives they had lost everything. No one deserves to leave their homes and countries just to survive, everyone should have a secure home where they can go back to every night. We should become more aware of what the wars cause and try our best to stop them. Thanks to them I have decided to volunteer after I graduate from law school.