TechPong in Support of Refugees: Recommended Charities

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Charities Providing International Emergency Relief for Refugees

  • Amnesty International A non-governmental organization with a focus on human rights, conducting advocacy work in Canada on behalf of refugees.(
  • Canadian Red Cross Providing refugees and migrants with essential relief items: food & water, household items and first aid. Part of the international humanitarian organization Red Cross/Red Crescent, the Canadian Red Cross is also helping to support the efforts of the Syrian Arab Red Crescent in Syria. (
  • Oxfam An international confederation of 17 organizations working around the world to end poverty and support human rights, Oxfam has reached over 1.5 million people affected by the Syria crisis. They provide clean water facilities, and are helping families get the information they need about their rights, as well as medical, legal and support services.(
  • CARE A leading humanitarian organization focused on women in poverty, currently providing life-saving assistance to Syrian refugees and to people affected by the crisis in Syria. (


Charities Providing Local Refugee Services

  • Immigrant Services Society of BC (ISSofBC) The largest agency of its kind in Western Canada, with targeted programs for refugees, women, children and youth, plus support services in over 45 languages. ISS’s programs and services are available throughout Metro Vancouver, Squamish and the Okanagan. (
  • Inland Refugee Society (IRS) When refugee claimants arrive in BC, Inland Refugee Society is often their first point of contact. While their claim is being processed, IRS ensures that their immediate needs are taken care by providing refugee claimants with housing assistance, ESL and life skills classes, a weekly food bank, and other services.(
  • Kinbrace Refugee Support and Housing Kinbrace welcomes people in Canada’s refugee protection system by providing housing, orientation, accompaniment, and education. Their work is rooted in relationships and hospitality. (
  • MOSAIC  Provides a wide array of programs for refugees locally, including: English language classes, employment programs, family counselling and support, interpretation, paralegal advice, information services, and advocacy. (
  • Pacific Immigrant Resources Society (PIRS) A community-based, non-profit organization serving immigrant and refugee women and their young children. PIRS reaches out to barriered and vulnerable immigrants and refugees with programs designed to help women progress and contribute in the Canadian society. (
  • Vancouver Association for Survivors of Torture (VAST) A dedicated team of specialized professionals in counselling psychology and social work. VAST promotes the human rights and mental health of refugees who arrive in BC with trauma as a result of torture, political violence, and other forms of persecution. Services include trauma-focused psychological counselling and community-based psychosocial support for individuals and families. (