The Guardian: #GivingTuesday: an appeal to help alleviate the global refugee crisis

Guardian US is supporting #GivingTuesday by donating our advertising space to six charities working to help people fleeing conflicts in their home countries

The Guardian has reported relentlessly about the plight of refugees – from Syria itself, and the countries to which so many have fled; to the European countries that have welcomed refugees with varying degrees of warmth; and from here in the US, where debates have raged about how America should respond to this and so many other immigration crises.

These devastating stories of migration and the toll on human lives around the world have amounted to one of the defining issues of 2015. At the end of this year, we feel it is important to stand with those people who so desperately need help.

Guardian US is supporting #GivingTuesday and today we are donating our advertising space to six charities working to help people fleeing conflicts in their home countries.

All of our display advertising this Tuesday will encourage our readers to donate to help alleviate the global refugee crisis.

There are currently around 60 million people seeking sanctuary from oppression and conflict across the globe, many of whom have fled the ongoing war in Syria. The plight of refugees can often seem far removed from our daily lives, and geographic, cultural and language differences mean all too often we overlook those in need. But, as Guardian editor-in-chief Katharine Viner wrote about the Guardian’s global charity appeal for refugees: “It is vital we do not close our hearts, or lose sight of the essential human response, or ignore the needs of some of the world’s most desperate people.”

Alongside our Guardian colleagues in the UK and Australia we have chosen to support refugees through this holiday appeal not just to raise money for a vital humanitarian cause but as an act of solidarity. We are standing for empathy and generosity across the globe.

In the US we have chosen six charitiesto receive advertising space on our site. Our aim is to highlight the important work they are doing and to encourage our readers to donate to those in need.

Doctors Without Borders, also known as Médecins Sans Frontières, works around the world to provide refugees and internally displaced people with everything they need, from psychological care to lifesaving nutrition; setting up hospitals in refugee camps; helping women give birth safely; vaccinating children; and providing access to safe drinking water.

The International Rescue Committee responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises, helping to restore health, safety, education, economic well-being and power to people devastated by conflict and disaster. IRC teams provide healthcare, infrastructure, learning and economic support to people in more than 40 countries, with special programs designed for women and children. The IRC resettle thousands of refugees in 26 cities across the US each year.

Since 2014 alone, Migrant Offshore Aid Station has pulled 12,000 refugees to safety from rickety boats in the Mediterranean Sea. But thousands have drowned on migrant routes. Our campaign will help this inspirational charity expand its search and rescue work in seas off Greece and Turkey, and in south-east Asia.

Half of the world’s refugees are children, growing up far from home without consistent education, safety or emotional support. Mercy Corps works to provide those basic needs, providing food, water, language skills and emergency relief.

In Lebanon and Jordan, Oxfam America is helping families get the essential supplies they need, while protecting public health with clean water and safe sanitation. In war-torn Syria, the charity is supporting repairs to damaged water networks and helping keep clean water flowing to hundreds of thousands of people.

Refugees International has fought to ensure that humanitarian assistance, including food, shelter, and lifesaving medical care, is available to those displaced both inside and outside Syria. The charity has also spent months in neighboring countries hosting millions of Syrians, and documented the types of assistance needed so as to forcefully argue for more support from the international community.

We hope our efforts on #GivingTuesday will encourage people to donate generously to those who are working tirelessly to alleviate suffering.