Here are a few of our projects and countries where we operate.
Treating the Malaria Emergency in Northern Uganda.
Since 2005, Global Refuge has maintained a presence in the area of Northern Uganda, where the heart of the conflict exists and humanitarian needs are great. The displaced people in Uganda have been a focus of our service, because the country is home to one of the worst on-going epidemics of malaria. This disease can be easily treated in most countries; however, the existing conditions created by decades of war and fighting cause the disease to be life-threatening and deadly.
Many people suffered from disease, malnutrition and other things that were exacerbated by the displacement associated with Africa’s longest war
Our research and work conducted there, has led to the creation of our Global Refuge Malaria Initiative. By working with the people of Northern Uganda and thanks to your continued contributions, we are now implementing this plan to treat and alleviate the suffering of Malaria and other diseases that these people are undergoing. To better understand why your support is needed, read below to learn more about how malaria is such a threat to the lives of these people.
As the country of Uganda emerges from Africa’s longest war, it faces a new set of challenges. During the war, many people suffered from disease, malnutrition and other things that were exacerbated by the displacement associated with war. However, many of those struggles haven’t disappeared with the peoples’ return to villages. Many families have been forced to relocate entirely after the war due to many other factors.
In this post-war environment, the average person in Northern Uganda faces a great deal of health struggles in their everyday life, many that could be changed through minimal intervention. The health issues they face continue to kill large numbers of people and the lack of international attention to these problems leave the people who have survived the days of conflict with little or no aid. While many other organizations have chased grant funding out of the country, Global Refuge continues to stay in this area as the enormous health needs of the people have grown.
In the fall of 2011, new data began to emerge in the area of public health that led Global Refuge to create “The 5” campaign. Our objective with this campaign is to reduce and alleviate the burden of the five deadly diseases that plague displaced people around the world: Cholera, Dysentery (Diarrhea), Malaria, Pneumonia and Malnutrition. This campaign allows us to focus energy and resources effectively on these major causes of death in all areas of the world that share in this disease-caused struggle.
In addition to implementing “The 5” campaign, we conducted in February 2012 a wide-ranging health assessment of the Oyam district in Northern Uganda. It was proven that Malaria continues to lead all other causes of death in this area, despite efforts in the past. In response to such findings and apparent needs, our Global Refuge Malaria Initiative was born and is already under way being implemented.
With your contributions, Global Refuge has been able to create and carry out this initiative that is saving lives and improving the living conditions of the people in Uganda. Such aid and service is an example of what can be done for people suffering from Malaria all over the world. The support and help of each of us, is making this possible.
Aid for Congo Refugees
Are you aware of who Congo refugees are and what their situation is in our world today? Global Refuge is responding to the urgent needs of 105,000 Congo refugees that have been forced to take refuge in nearby Uganda. The areas where they have settled make them vulnerable to extreme shortages of clean water, terrible sanitation and deadly diseases. With your support, we are meeting the needs of these people and life-threatening conditions are being improved upon. Global Refuge is serving the DRC refugees in Uganda by carrying out these three main goals:
- Eliminating the constant fear of Cholera by providing clean water and proper sanitation to the tens of thousands of refugees huddled in camps.
- Providing and growing food, to deal with the extreme malnutrition, especially in the most vulnerable young age groups.
- Providing medical education, testing and treatment for Malaria among a population that is extremely vulnerable to mosquito-borne illnesses.
These efforts are possible and effective because of the support and contribution of you and others. Since these areas are difficult for many of us to enter and be in for periods of time, we greatly value your contribution and advocacy. Any contribution you give not only meets immediate needs, but also supports our continued training of the local refugees themselves so they are empowered to carry on the improvements that we have started. We believe that knowledge is power, so we encourage you to read further below to be more aware about the situation and its history. Your contribution and telling others about the DRC refugees and how Global Refuge is serving them, is a priceless and powerful way that they, and we, need your help.
For decades now, Africa and specifically the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), has been an on-going war that continues even today. Ask yourself, when you think of Africa, does war come to your mind? It is one of several continents in this world whose identity is characterized by war. The DRC and neighboring countries such as Rwanda and Uganda are probably names known by you for this very reason – they are countries of what seems like endless war. Today, refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo, are being forced to flee to the country of Uganda. Global Refuge is meeting the vital humanitarian needs of the DRC refugees in several ways that break the cycle of war and suffering.
We are seeing first-hand how wars produce devastating conditions amongst the people and the land. While the general idea and assumption about war is that it is between soldiers and takes place on a battle field, this is not the nature of today’s war in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Despite the signing of peace accords in 2003, fighting still continues, especially in the east of the country. There, the prevalence of rape and other sexual violence is described as the worst in the world. In 2009, people in the Congo were still dying at a rate of an estimated 45,000 per month. Even now, there have been frequent reports of weapon bearers killing civilians, destroying property, and widespread sexual violence, breaching humanitarian and human rights laws and causing hundreds of thousands of people to flee their homes. A new study says that more than 400,000 women are raped in the Democratic Republic of Congo every year. In addition, Congo has the world’s second-highest rate of infant mortality. These atrocities are occurring right now!
This war is one of the world’s deadliest conflicts, killing 5.4 million people since its beginning in 1998. More than 90% were not killed in combat. They died from diseases that were both preventable and treatable (malaria, diarrhea, pneumonia and malnutrition) aggravated by displaced populations living in unsanitary and over-crowded conditions that lacked access to shelter, water, food and medicine. Forty seven percent of those deaths were children under five. These are the conditions and weapons of war that perpetuate a cycle of violence being used on a scale of humanitarian devastation.
While violence instigates, ignorance and turning our backs on human needs only leaves the victims of war to die and many that survive suffer in such a way that they resort to carrying out the same atrocities committed against them. One example of this cycle is the leader of the largest rebel group in eastern DRC, Bosco Ntagand. As a teenager he fled to DRC from his native Rwanda when attacks ensued on his own people. Since then, he has become known as “the Terminator” for war crimes of enlisting and conscripting children under the age of fifteen and using them to carry out hostile activities and violent humanitarian atrocities. Just last year, in November 2012, he led troops in the capturing of the DRC provincial capital of Goma. Despite his voluntary surrender of himself to the International Criminal Court in March 2013, these conflicts are still escalating, resulting in the nearly 105,000 refugees that have been forced to take refuge in nearby Uganda.
While the extent of this war can seem overwhelming and far away, we have witnessed the power of providing awareness and resources that enable us all to contribute in our own unique ways. Together we can create an empowering refuge for the Congo refugees in Uganda.
Aid for Syrian Refugees in Lebanon
It is very likely that in today’s news you are seeing media coverage of what is one of the world’s most volatile areas right now, Syria. Reports and images of chemical bombings and civilian deaths bring our attention to the fighting, yet what many of us are not seeing is the occurring aftermath of the displaced Syrian people as they are forced to flee to Lebanon. Over 800,000 Syrians are currently trying to find refuge in this little country and the numbers are only growing as we write this. While some are fortunate enough to get to the urban areas where food and clean water is plentiful, the majority of them are only able to reach Bekaa Valley (also known as Beqaa Valley). Daily, they search for ways to provide for their families, but the area is stretched to the breaking point to provide for them. Food, water, medicine, and shelter are their needs and as time continues to go by and their resources dwindle, thousands of lives become more and more vulnerable.
Global Refuge is there; providing these basic living necessities, looking for long term solutions, and supporting the victims of our generations greatest humanitarian disaster.
Global Refuge is already there, responding to the needs this crisis has created. With your support and by working with the local people, we are able to provide basic living necessities and are developing longterm solutions. Together, we are creating a refuge that supports the victims of this tragic humanitarian disaster, empowering them to recover and thrive. Please read more below to increase your awareness of their situation and consider ways that you can support them by contributing to our Syrian Emergency Relief Fund.
In eastern Lebanon is the beautiful Beka’a Valley, which is known as one of the most fertile areas of the Middle East. Today, thousands of Syrian refugees are seeking refuge among the lush crops of the local farmers. These displaced families have arrived into this area from Homs and Damascus, seeking a safe place and shelter. Their possessions are only what they wear and what they could carry. Many of the families are broken, each with their own story of how members of their families were killed and injured in the conflict just over the mountains to the east.
Fleeing for one’s life leaves people demoralized and fatigued, creating conditions that leave them prone to malnutrition and disease if their needs are not met quickly. Since the land and towns cannot handle the increasing numbers of people, the living conditions are becoming deplorable for most families. Even though well-to-do Syrian refugee families are able to rent apartments and houses, even these are limited now and all housing, on varying levels of economic affordability, is simply not available.
The displacement of the Syrian people is not going to be quickly and easily resolved, despite when or how the conflicts in Syria end. These needs can be met with sustainable solutions and the direct support of us as global citizens around the world. Our contributions can provide lasting aid that in turn can restore the Syrian refugees to a safe way of life.