Over 79 million people are forcibly displaced around the world. 26 million of these people are refugees and 50% are children.

People receiving medical care

Total people impacted

People receiving food aid


A refugee is someone who has been forced to flee his or her country because of persecution, war, or violence (UNHCR). Refugees often experience persecution based on their race, religion, nationality, or political affiliation. Many cannot return home or are afraid to do so. Ethnic, tribal, and religious violence are leading causes of refugees fleeing their countries. Often, refugees are forced to flee with little to no warning and end up in refugee camps, which are meant to provide immediate shelter and protection but lack the infrastructure–such as washrooms, latrines, ventilation for cooking, or schools–to provide long-term support for refugees. Refugees are vulnerable to violence, exploitation, increased exposure to disease. In temporary camps, they often lack access to basic needs such as food, shelter, and education. Two-thirds of all refugees worldwide come from just five countries: Syria, Venezuela, Afghanistan, South Sudan, and Myanmar.



In the face of unimaginable trauma and loss, refugees continue to embody resilience and hope. That is why we are partnering with organizations on the ground that are empowering refugees with the critical support they need to imagine a brighter future for themselves and their children.

The crises of refugees is complex and requires a multifaceted response. One Day’s Wages is partnering with organizations focused on food, education, medical care, and shelter for those who are displaced by war and violence. We are setting our largest goal ever of $2,000,000 to address the severity and scale of these crises. Join us with your generosity as we stand with families in Syria, Myanmar, South Sudan, and around the world.

The ODW refugee relief fund is new as of 2018. $626,385 that has been raised by members of the ODW movement and our partner organizations for relief projects prior to 2018, such as Horn of Africa relief and emergency relief for refugees in Iraq and Syria.

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