01 March 2017
The Refugee Crisis: UNA-NCA’s Response
UNA-USA has launched a campaign to raise funds to support the education of refugee children around the world. We need your help.
There are 70 million refugees and displaced persons in the world, more than the combined population of Canada, Australia, and New Zealand-- the largest number in recorded history.
And more than half of them are children. 80 percent are women and children.
One out of every 113 people on the planet is uprooted-- that's 24 people every minute. They are forced from their homes because of persecution, violence, conflict or natural disasters.
The average length of time a person is displaced is 17 years. Children become adults. Will they have the education and training to be productive members of society when they return home or resettle in a new country?
A refugee child who is not in school is at risk of being abused, trafficked, or radicalized by extremist groups.
The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) is working to prevent a lost generation by educating refugees children in camps and other settlements around the world. But they need our help.
To put it diplomatically, many of us are concerned that the United States government today is not as welcoming to refugees as we should be and have been historically. We need to step up and take action to address this global crisis, and UNA-NCA now provides the opportunity!
The United Nations Association-- USA has initiated the "Adopt-A-Future" program to provide educational facilities, equipment, textbooks, backpacks, and uniforms to refugee children around the world. For example, it provides support to some 60 schools in two UNHCR camps in Kenya, housing the largest number of refugees in the world.
The United Nations Association of the National Capital Area (UNA-NCA), one of the largest and most active chapters of UNA-USA, is raising funds to support "Adopt-A-Future" and to enable our chapter to provide assistance to schools for refugees in Africa and the Middle East. Please contribute to this worthy cause. Contributions are fully tax deductible.
Ways to contribute:
- Mail a check made out to UNA-NCA with “Adopt-A-Future” written on the memo line.
- Bring a check or cash to the UNA-NCA office, 2000 P Street NW Suite 630, Washington, DC, 20036.
- Call UNA-NCA at 202-223-6092 for contributions through credit card.
- Contribute online here and make sure to mark chapter as "DC-National Capital Area" as your local chapter.
We will keep you posted on the campaign and on the schools that we help on our website.
Your support is welcome and greatly appreciated.
With deepest gratitude,
Ambassador Donald T. Bliss (Retired)
President, United Nations Association of the National Capital Area