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Refugee families need various types of needs. Some essential needs, like shelter, nutritious food, clean drinking water, emergency medical aid, and healthcare services, are beyond their limits.

Although these basic needs are necessary to maintain the primary line of decent living, many refugee families don’t have access to these vital needs. 

It is important to note that the availability and specific types of assistance may vary depending on the location and the needs of the refugees.

It is also worth noting that the process for accessing aid can change, and refugees often must undergo a screening process to determine their eligibility for assistance.

Some organizations offer emergency and financial assistance to refugees and can assist with such as emergency shelter, food, water, and medical care to refugees in need. These organizations include

  1. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).
  2. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
  3. And various non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

In addition to emergency assistance, some organizations offer financial aid to refugees to help them meet their basic needs and support their long-term integration into their host communities. This can include assistance with housing, education, and employment.

Emergency Food Parcel for Refugee

Never take anything you have in your household for granted!

When you know that what you have stacked in your kitchen cabinet for weeks is the answer for every refugee family prayer to receive from time to time (not even regularly), therefore, we all need to take a better look at what we have and how we can help.

An emergency food parcel for a refugee might contain non-perishable, high-energy foods such as 

  • Rice, dried beans, and lentils.
  • Canned meats and fish.
  • Nuts and seeds. 

It might also include the sources of Vitamin C, such as citrus fruit or dried berries, to help prevent malnutrition.

The specific contents of the parcel would depend on the resources available and the cultural preferences of the refugee.

The food in the parcel must be nutritious, non-perishable, and easy to prepare, as refugees may be living in difficult circumstances with limited access to cooking equipment and other resources.

Most refugee families have fled their homes overnight to save themselves and their children’s lives, escaping the brutal war and its savage bombing, leaving everything behind; their belongings, memories, and hearts.

Household goods are more than items we have in our house to use in our daily lives; these items give us the sense of being alive, productive and give us a sense of belonging.

These household goods make the house much more like home, as they maintain and tell the stories of our being as time passes. 

Take a look at your household goods, and see what you can give away to donations.

These donations can help refugees to set up a home in their new place, making it easier for them to settle down and cope with their new life. 

Some items that might be useful to donate include:

  1. Kitchen items like; pots, pans, dishes, and utensils.
  2. Kitchen tables and chairs.
  3. Couches, curtains, and area rugs.
  4. Bedding and linens.
  5. Towels and washcloths.
  6. Clothing and shoes.
  7. School supplies for children.
  8. Baby items and needs.
  9. Cleaning supplies.
  10. Electricals such as lambs, vacuums, and televisions.

How important is it to donate to refugees’ health? Let’s give you a head up.

Infectious diseases like diarrhea, cholera, and malaria take hundreds of lives yearly in refugee camps. And noncommunicable diseases, such as heart disease, cancers, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, and mental health conditions, are the greatest source of preventable illness, disability, and mortality. 

Giving donations to assist refugees access to healthcare and essential medicines is highly appreciated by all concerned parties taking this mission upon themselves.

However, it’s vital to research well before donating to any organization to ensure your donations will be used effectively and efficiently to support refugees.

You can also consider reaching out to local organizations like Bonyan Organization and asking about their work and how they use donations.

Refugee camps are constantly in need of maintenance due to the profound effects they face under all circumstances and seasons. Every winter, all camps are severely affected by the weather.

Heavy storms, rain showers, and heavy snowstorms ruin the entire camps. Donating to prepare and maintain refugee camps will help keep refugee families in a better position throughout the seasons.

Many organizations and charities provide financial assistance and support different types of financial initiatives for refugees, such as 

  1. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
  2. International Rescue Committee (IRC).
  3. Bonyan Organization.
  4. Save the Children.
  5. Mercy Corps and other organizations.

If you are interested in giving donations to finance projects to help refugees, contact some of these organizations to learn more about how you can get involved in their programs or support their efforts. 

Cash for Work

“Cash for Work” is a program that provides temporary employment to people in need. The goal of the program is to provide people with a source of income so that they can meet their basic needs and rebuild their lives while at the same time contributing to the reconstruction of their community. 

International organizations or charitable foundations can fund cash-for-work programs. NGOs or other non-profit organizations implement these programs.

Cash-for-work can include activities such as; debris removal, road repair, and other infrastructure projects, where workers get paid in cash upon their work. 


Vouchers are another form of financial assistance funded by international organizations and charitable foundations and are implemented by NGOs or other non-profit organizations.

Vouchers are provided to refugees to help them purchase basic necessities such as food, clothing, and other essentials.

It is an effective way of assisting refugees, allowing them to choose the goods and services they need rather than being provided with pre-packaged aid.

Cash Assistance

Cash assistance is financial aid provided to refugees to help them meet their basic needs, such as food, shelter, clothing, and other necessities.

Cash assistance is also provided to refugees directly or through local partners, like NGO’s, or other non-profit organizations.

Cash assistance can effectively assist refugees who cannot work or provide for their families due to some conditions, like; refugees with physical disabilities, the elderly, widows with their orphans, and those with chronic diseases. 


What are the Immediate Needs For Refugees?

Healthcare, essential medicines, and emergency aid.
Nutritious food and clean drinking water.
Financial aid, decent shelter, and WASH.

What are Some Things That We Can Do to Assist Refugees?

We can donate to local organizations and charities with effective programs to support and provide emergency and financial aid to refugees.

What are the 3 Hardships Faced by Many Refugees?

-Finding affordable housing.
-Finding employment.
-Racism and discrimination.