Remember our article of some months ago about what the limits of crowdfunding are? In it, we talked about the British citizen that was trying to raise €1.6 billion to bail out Greece and managed to get almost €2 million before the campaign ended.
The goal was not achieved, and Greece was not bailed out (at least not thanks to that campaign), but it was the first time a crowdfunding platform was used to do a greater good in such scale.
Now, President Obama has turned to Kickstarter to request the people’s help with refugee relief. The U.S. as well as other countries have made important contributions to the UN’s Refugee Agency. But that is not enough.
There are many Syrian citizens in desperate need of help as they go through the painful process of escaping the vicious violence that has struck their home land for the past couple of years. By now, more than half of the Syrian population has left the country. To help you put that in perspective, that’s equivalent of moving everyone out of California, Texas, Florida, New York, Illinois, Pennsylvania and Ohio (approximately). That’s a LOT of people.
You can help! Go a week without that Pumpkin Spice Latte. Skip dessert when dining out. Your health will appreciate it, and a Syrian will be eternally grateful.
Blog post by Francisco González, MEM Student: https://www.linkedin.com/in/fxgonzalez.