Why The Positive Initiative Award?
According to the UN estimates, there are more than 9 million Syrian who became displaced or fled the country because of the war. It is estimated that 60% of these refugees reside in neighboring countries temporarily (most of who are expected to return back home when the war ends), while the rest arrived in Europe and North America and most of them are expected to stay permanently and will not return to Syria even if the war stops.
These refugees suffer hardships, including:
- The difficulty of integrating into new cultures due to different ideologies and beliefs.
- The inability to communicate with the new communities because of language barriers.
- Rejection by some extremist groups in hosting countries.
- Psychological problems arising from the horrors of war or migration, the separation of families, lost wealth, and unemployment.
- Children’s lack of education.
Therefore, the Positive Initiative Award comes to promote the culture of philanthropy, care, and social support to Syrians.