Google to raise $11 million for refugee crisis in Europe

California:Google Inc. on Tuesday announced a donation matching campaign that aims to raise $11 million for humanitarian organizations aiding thousands of refugees that have fled to the European nations from the war-torn and impecunious nations.

Taking an exceptionally personal approach in announcing the donation drive on its blog, Google made Rita Madoud, a Google employee who fled Kabul with her family when she was seven, make the announcement.

When I was seven, my family and I fled to Europe with our belongings in a single suitcase, hoping for a safer and better future. Our journey involved many dark train and bus rides, as well as hunger, thirst, cold and fear,” Rita wrote on the blog.

I was lucky. But as the refugee and migrant crisis has grown, many people like my family are desperate for help,” she wrote.

The donations will go to four non-profit organizations that are providing to refugees and migrants: Doctors without Borders, International Rescue Committee, Save he Children and UN High Commissioner for Refugees.

These nonprofits are helping to deliver essential assistance including shelter, food and water, and medical care to the migrants and are looking after the security and rights of people in need.

Google said that it would match first $5.5 million worth of donations globally until it raises $11 million.

Europe is facing a major refugee crisis, which is primarily driven by four-year old civil war in Syria. Many people are also fleeing from Yemen, Iraq and Afganistan.


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