By Geneva News Team (Originally in French)
Following Master’s loving instruction to help the refugees, during October and November 2015, our Association members from Geneva, Switzerland worked with the NGOs, Caravane de Solidarite, Geneve (Caravan of Solidarity, Geneva) and Giving a Little Something, to provide assistance to the refugees in any way we could. Through these two organizations, we contributed winter clothes, children’s clothes, shoes and boots, and also approximately EUR 400 for blankets.
When the volunteers of the NGOs went to Slovenia and Croatia, they personally distributed relief items they collected. Seeing the desperate situation of the refugees there, they made more than one trip and our Association members continued to contribute and spread the word to help the groups collect more supplies.
The two NGOs headed to Greece where the situation was more critical. They launched a toy collection for distribution to the children for Christmas.
In addition, the big-hearted Swiss people have contributed a vast amount of financial aid for refugee relief projects. For example, Swiss Solidarity, a humanitarian foundation, reported in October 2016, that it raised a total of about US$52 million since 2012, for delivering emergency food, supplies and medical aid for refugees in Serbia, Macedonia and Greece, and to support NGOs working directly with refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq, Syria and Turkey.
We are very touched by the efforts of Caravane de Solidarite, Geneve (Caravan of Solidarity, Geneva) and Giving a Little Something that are volunteering their time and effort, and we were very happy to be able to cooperate with them. Our heartfelt appreciation also to the Swiss people, Swiss Solidarity, and all those helping refugees, for their generous and loving work. May all refugees soon find permanent, safe and peaceful homes.