The Nando and Elsa Peretti Foundation has called on other leading private foundations across the world to join their attempts to save the millions of refugees and displaced people from violence, starvation and disease. In light of the complexities and scale of this humanitarian emergency, the foundation has conceived a comprehensive plan that foresees both an immediate and a mid-term financial commitment of EUR 2 million to reach and intervene on the lives of about 920,000 people.

In order to achieve sustainable impact, the foundation has entered into various collaborations with other organisations including UNHCR, World Food Programme, AMREF Health Africa, Light for the World, MSF-Médecins Sans Frontières, Doctors with Africa CUAMM, INTERSOS and AZ CHILDREN/NURTURE AFRICA. In close collaboration with these organisations, the Nando and Elsa Peretti Foundation is working towards the mitigation of the predominant risks in the region, by addressing the imminent food and nutrition crisis, protecting refugees and displaced people and providing thousands of children with access to education.

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Refugee crisis

Since the civil war broke out in 2013, more than 2 million have fled to neighbouring countries, with another 2 million domestically displaced. Even though the U.N.’s High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi has called on the global community to exert its influence and to take charge of its responsibility to save the future of the country and its people, little has been achieved so far to stop the blood shedding. The crisis has left 7.6 million people in distress and in need for humanitarian assistance. Diseases, protracted instability and widespread destruction have triggered unprecedented levels of food insecurity and calls for immediate emergency aid.