Syrian Refugee Relief

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Raised by 246 people in 27 months
Friends & family,

In three weeks, Reel Advocacy will be entering a Syrian refugee camp in the Middle East to film a short documentary about the children and babies affected by this brutal conflict. 4.8 million refugees have fled the country, 2.5 million of those are children. In the area where I am going, 150,000 refugee babies have been born and have absolutely nothing. Reel Advocacy has been given unique access - currently denied to foreigners/journalists - to a camp that is in the epicenter of this crisis, in one of the most unstable regions on earth. This is also why I have to be careful about broadcasting details about my location beyond “Middle East.” The crew will consist of myself and student intern & filmmaker, Alexis Moon.

I know many of you have been deeply disturbed by the images of children caught up in this hell. The young girl in the photo below, for example, is holding her hands up in a gesture of surrender because she thinks the camera is a gun.

Here is your chance to really do something:

In the coming weeks, I will be collecting baby supplies. Mainly, diapers and small blankets. I also have a few people pledging to make newborn kits, which I would also gladly take out. These items will likely be shipped and we will haul out what we can. You don’t have to necessarily start showing up at my house with this stuff today, but please do within the next two weeks. Please keep this in mind, start gathering, or asking around. Spread the word. 

Another thing, as always, is a cash donation. I will be going to this region and spending money on more relief supplies in-country. . If you would like to donate (THANK YOU!), this website is fine, or please come find me in person, mail a check, etc. We are currently in talks with a couple foundations, but if you also know just the one we should contact, please let me know. If all goes well we will come home a) alive and b) with a film that will be used to continue to fundraise, while also hopefully bringing a better understanding of the refugee experience.

THANK YOU to those who have donated so far, like Anthony Rodin, Paula Twede Wood, Brenda Hattingh, and Dawn Harrison, and to all of you who pledged supplies. This will make an unbelievable impact.

Updates to come in the weeks ahead, please keep this on your radar. Thank you as always for your continued and gracious support of these projects. It means the world to me, and to so many others.

Yours,
Amy

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Additionally, here are some extra details to assist those who may not know me or my organization:

1.) I am Amy Bronson, the Executive Director of Reel Advocacy. Reel Advocacy is a nonprofit video production company. Our mission statement: Dedication to raising resources and awareness for humanitarian efforts through documentary filmmaking and professional media. www.reeladvocacy.org I also teach two courses at the University of Utah, including Documentary and Social Justice.

2.) I currently reside in Salt Lake City, and I travel the world for the above mission.

3.) I am closely connected to a government agency in the Middle East that directly assists Syrian Refugees and runs the camps. We have partnered together for this cause. For our own safety, I cannot be more specific than this until after our journey is complete. Just to clarify: we will be entering the camp ourselves and delivering supplies. These donations aren't being forwarded to someone I've never met or anything like that. 

4.) The funds will be spent directly on relief supplies in-country, like diapers and clothes.
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Received a call last night from the Middle Eastern aid agency I’ve been working with at the Syrian border, asking me to please come back out as soon as possible in response to the recent chemical attack. Hospitals are overflowing as more refugees cross the border, and border towns are overwhelmed. They are desperate for help and for me to document. The agency also relayed that the refugee kids we interviewed have been asking about us and when we're coming back. I’ve earned this country’s trust and have unprecedented, immediate access to all border camps.

I will head back out to the border in a couple weeks, if not sooner.

If you are looking for a direct way to help, I will gladly take your support with me and deliver it to refugees.
Please join me in making our response to this tragedy our largest one yet.

We have plenty of diapers/clothes at the moment so what’s needed most is cash to replenish medical supplies and other basic needs for hospitals and camps. Again, all funds go directly to the refugees. My travel costs are covered by the agency, and we’ve been doing everything else pro-bono.

Thank you, endlessly - especially to those of you who have donated. Let’s do this. Please share far and wide, and donate if you are able.
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A 10-year-old girl with facial paralysis because she was hit by shrapnel. A group of young orphan boys that banded together for survival in Aleppo a la the Lost Boys of Sudan (pictured here). A 6-year-old girl with chemical burns covering her body - a victim of chemical warfare. A 1-year-old boy whose left side is paralyzed after an undiagnosed brain tumor, and the pleading, helpless stare of his mother. These are some of the Syrian refugees I interacted with at a processing center on the border, who crossed within the last 48 hours. These are the people having doors shut on them. These are the people your donations have and will continue to directly assist. Thank you.

I’m back from the latest trip to the Syrian border, safe and sound and exhausted. We will continue to return this year, as both projects and need are growing daily. We really appreciate the support! More detailed announcements to come.
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The first trip went really well and all aid was delivered successfully. We were expecting to see a lot of children, but nothing like what we found. The kids were happy to see us and eager to tell their stories. Mothers were extremely shy but relieved to get some help with their babies.

The trailer is now linked above, please watch it to meet some of the very kids you've helped. Thank you so very much for supporting these kids.

We will be returning to the Middle East in a few weeks to deliver more aid (diapers, winter clothing, and school supplies/construction) and interview more children. Please share this link with friends and family so we can continue to make a direct impact on this crisis.
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Created September 19, 2016
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A donation from the CS Team leads of GetYourGuide on behalf of our colleague Alessia, who is going on maternity leave and wanted to support an organization that helps children!

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