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International Committee of the Red Cross Launches People on War 2016

We live in a turbulent period of armed conflict, mass migration, divisive politics, and uncertain futures.  Our smartphones and TVs bring us a continuous stream of images showing a world that is full of suffering, with hospitals bombed, populations besieged, civilians targeted, and millions uprooted from their homes.  Advances in technology and communication mean that we know more than ever about what happens in war, including atrocities that can occur.

Thankful for Partners

As the holiday season begins in the U.S. with families and friends gathering around tables for Thanksgiving, I am beginning to reflect on this past year. A lot was quite sobering. Some citizens are voting to have their countries turn inwards and embracing fear at a time when we are facing global crises that require collective action. Humanitarian crises continue unabated and children still die from hunger. Thankfully there are also many positive trends that you might want to share with family and friends.

Beyond #GivingTuesday: Start a Relationship of Impact

In 2013, just after super Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines, I attended a benefit reception to support an NGO that had been working in the Philippines since 1985, called Handicap International. At that time I was a friend of Handicap International, and this was my first #GivingTuesday action on behalf of any organization.

Beyond #GivingTuesday: We Can't Help Everyone. But Everyone Can Help Someone

Natural disasters are overwhelming. For those directly impacted whose lives are shattered. For the humanitarian landscape responding to the devastating needs on the ground. For all of us at home watching as the extent of the chaos and tragedy unfolds. It is so very easy to turn a blind eye, to perhaps send sympathy and a quick prayer but to otherwise remain inactive and swiftly return to our own daily lives.

Beyond #GivingTuesday: Amplify the Voices of the Poor

Donors to Catholic Relief Services (CRS) know their gifts improve the lives of millions of people in over 100 countries. Their donations build up local partners, directly benefiting children, women, and men who are poor and vulnerable. But that generosity does more — it also amplifies the voice of so many, the poor of the world who are so often ignored by governments, corporations, and international organizations.

Beyond #GivingTuesday: Why Cash Is Best

Global need has rarely been greater. Today, a disparate population of 65 million souls forced to flee armed conflicts and natural disasters in Asia, the Middle East, Europe and sub-Saharan Africa, live transient lives with uncertain futures as displaced people far from their homelands. Roughly half are children.

Beyond #GivingTuesday: Supporting Long-Term Relief Efforts

Later this month, we will celebrate Thanksgiving, a day when Americans pause and express gratitude for our blessings and good fortune in life. This day exemplifies for me some of the best of America, demonstrated by our generosity and celebrations of our unity.

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