#8Ways to Support Refugees
Stories like Sham’s surround us every day — of refugee families doing whatever they can to find their way to safety and build new lives. And these stories have inspired thousands of us in communities around the world to lend a helping hand by welcoming newcomers, getting to know them, and helping to make our homes their homes. We hope Sham’s story will inspire you, too. Here are #8Ways you can help:
The most powerful resources for welcoming a family to a new place are the people who already live there. Host a screening and inspire more friends and neighbors to lend a hand. And don’t worry, our toolkit will give you everything you need!
There are millions of refugees all over the world—but often the biggest contribution you can make is truly getting to know one family near you and offering friendship. Host a meal with a newcomer family with Refugees Welcome to Dinner’s toolkit to help you along.
When a family arrives in a new place, they often lack basic necessities—and in some cases, the means or know how to get them. Your gift can ease a family’s transition and help them feel at home by providing a “welcome basket” with goods like food and household essentials, bedding, and furnishings. This link directs to World Relief Seattle’s initiative. If you’re inspired, you can start a similar initiative in your community.
As families get settled, almost nothing is as essential as home internet access—for kids to catch up on school work and for parents to stay connected to loved ones elsewhere. Just $40 provides a month of internet access to a family in their new home. Donations here go to New York for Syrian Refugees. If you’re inspired, you can start a similar initiative in your community.
Many young refugees face challenges accessing higher education in their new homes—a challenge many schools are meeting through dedicated scholarships. Sign a petition or start a campaign for a displaced student scholarship on your campus or at your alma mater with Books not Bombs.
Many refugees face barriers to employment in their host countries. NaTakallam helps connect displaced persons and people around the globe for language practice and cultural exchange over Skype. Sign up and support employment for displaced persons all while getting to know them one-on-one. Start a conversation now!
Show your support by printing and displaying this poster by Welcome Your Neighbors. Making your support visible is important to counteracting hate and discrimination. Seeing signs of welcome around the community can help refugee families feel supported and encourage others to step up, too.
While we hope most of you will help create change in your communities and more broadly, we’ve met many filmgoers drawn specifically to helping Sham and her family. You can give directly to them here.