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A young boy looks out to sea from the shores of the Greek
island of Lesvos, one of several European locations where child refugees have
arrived by inflatable boat, scared and exhausted, having seen and experienced
untold horrors during their journey. Photo by Anna Pantelia/Save the Children.
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FAIRFIELD, Conn. (Sept. 15, 2015) —
the Children and Google today announced a new global public giving campaign to
assist families fleeing the Middle East in unprecedented numbers and seeking a
safe haven in Europe.
every $1 donated at google.com/refugeerelief Google will donate $1 up to a
total of 10 million Euros (about $11 million U.S.) to be shared evenly among
four nonprofits. Save the Children will
use the funds to expand its work to address the needs of refugees seeking
safety in Europe, including thousands of children and families from Syria,
Afghanistan and Iraq.
“Our staff members are on the front lines,
working around the clock to help address the needs of refugee children and
their families,” said Carolyn Miles, president and CEO of Save the
Children.“We have been working with
refugees throughout the Middle East for many years.With the Syrian war now in its fifth year,
the crisis has reached a tipping point. Many refugees, including unaccompanied
children, see no other alternative but to flee. The Google matching campaign
gives Americans the opportunity to help us help these desperate children.”
happy to be able to support these efforts to bring essential assistance -- including
shelter, food and water, physical security and medical care -- to people in
need,” said Jacquelline Fuller, Director of Google.org. “We’re particularly
impressed by Save the Children’s commitment to protect vulnerable children and
families affected by this crisis.”
learn more about Save the Children’s Child Refugee Crisis Appeal, visit www.SavetheChildren.org.
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