We are now witnessing the highest levels of displacement on record in human history that 6.85 million people fled from their home because of prosecution and conflict. Altogether, they have traveled 2 billion kilometres every year to reach the nearest safety.
UNHCR is mandated to provide protection to refugees. Without a safe place, people can't stop running. That is why our reception work is life-saving for those forced to flee.
Today, we hope you can join our global movement "2 billion kilometres to safety". Together with 27 countries, we are challenging ourselves to match with the kilometres that was accumulated by refugees. Your every step counts to show your care to them. You can also spread the message to your friends and relatives, that our solidarity can make a difference to refugees' lives.
Every year we provided thousands of tents and tarpaulins as temporary shelters for the refugee families, because those can be airlifted in large quantities and are the lightest, cheapest and fastest option to shelter people from the elements and guarantee their physical protection. UNHCR intervenes within the first 72 hours of a refugee emergency to deliver life-saving aids, includes shelter, cooking utensils, mats and blankets and assist more than half a million people at any given time.
To achieve these, apart from signing up our “2 billion km to safety” global campaign to show your support, please also set up your crowdfunding page and solicit your friends and relatives to support your running by making donation, to support our works in providing shelters to the displaced families. We are hoping to raise HK$200,000 by end of March to accommodate 50 refugee families of 5, so that they can start another page of new life upon fleeing home.
Let' s start running and support the refugee families in one go!
The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) was established on 14 December 1950 by the United Nations General Assembly. The agency is mandated to lead and coordinate international action to protect refugees and resolve refugee issues. It strives to ensure that everyone has the right to seek asylum and find safe refuge in another state, with the option to voluntarily return home when conditions are conducive for return, integrate locally or resettle to a third country. UNHCR has twice won the Nobel Peace Prize, in 1954 for its ground-breaking work in helping the refugees of Europe, and in 1981 for its worldwide assistance to refugees.