inSpiration of the Week: The Syria Fund

“The Syria Fund,” a non-profit, all-volunteer organization works to empower and enrich the daily lives of Syrian refugee families in Jordan. By building education facilities, purchasing and distributing goods, and facilitating an arts program, they aim to provide a sense of normalcy for those living outside the UN-organized refugee camps. Interested? To find out more, click┬áhere.

Road to Mafraq

Road to Mafraq is an organization that partners with NGOs on the ground to increase access to education for children affected by conflict in the Middle East. With fundraising events across the USA, such as a 5k Run in Charlotte, NC Nov. 5th, Road to Mafraq currently works to make education accessible to Syrians and Iraqis in Jordan. Interested? Click here.


Techfugees is an independent, voluntary, non-profit founded by a number of people in the technology industry that aims to coordinate the international community’s response to the needs of refugees through a variety of programming. The organization facilitates relationships with organizations and members interested in finding technological solutions that can help refugees. Interested? To find out more, click here.

The Choices Program’s “Refugee Stories: Mapping a Crisis” Unit

The Choices Program, an NGO housed in Brown University, develops curricula based on current and historic international issues that challenge students to consider issues from multiple perspectives. It’s new program Refugee Stories: Mapping a Crisis explores the human geography of the refugee crisis using refugee narratives, data analysis, and mapping. To learn more about the Choices Program, click here.

Paper Airplanes

“Students Organize for Syria,” a university student-led initiative for Syrian refugees, has launched an online English tutoring program called “Paper Airplanes” for college-aged Syrians looking to take the TOEFL exam (English proficiency exam). Each Syrian is paired with someone online, where they meet twice a week over Skype over the course of a semester. Interested? To find out more, click here.

What Design Can Do, Refugee Challenge

“What Design Can Do’s Refugee Challenge” is a global design competition that looks for design ideas that help accommodate, connect, integrate, and help the personal development of urban refugees. Sponsored by IKEA, UNHCR, and What Design Can Do (WDCD), there are now 25 finalists in the last phase of the challenge. Interested in learning more? To find out more, click here.

The Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization

The Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization (IRCO) is a community-based organization that works to empower immigrants, refugees, and underserved communities in the Oregon area. IRCO serves the holistic needs of immigrants by providing more than 100 culturally and linguistically specific social services. Interested in learning more? To find out more, click here.


International Refugee Rights Initiative’s “Rights in Exile Programme”

The Rights in Exile Programme is a legal aid resource gathering site, that aims to strengthen and expand rights-based advocacy as well as promote skilled legal aid for refugees globally. Alongside centralizing legal aid resources, they also provide monthly newsletters, trainings in refugee law, and moderate a google group for lawyers and researchers. Want to learn more? click here.


Fl├╝chtlinge Willkommen, or Refugees Welcome

Coined the “AirBnB for Refugees”, Refugees Welcome pairs refugees with people across Europe as roommates. Once a person registers a room, the organization will put them in contact with local refugee organizations who have lists of registered refugees in the area. Interested in learning more? To find out more, click here.


Dr. Cythia Maung and Mae Tao Clinic

Dr. Cythia Maung, a Burmese refugee, recently received the AidEx Humanitarian Hero of the Year Award in Brussels for her work in the northwestern town of Mae Sot, Thailand. Dr. Maung’s health clinic which opened in 1988, now treats over 75,000 people a year. Want to learn more? To find out, click here.


International Refugee Assistance Project

The International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) is an organization that brings law students and lawyers together to develop and enforce a set of legal and human rights for refugees and displaced persons. IRAP does both direct legal aid and policy advocacy, allowing them to work directly and systemically. Want to learn more? To find out more, click here.