About the Race for Refugees:

The Race for Refugees brings awareness and much needed funding for the support of Syrian refugees and other refugees from around the world. Directed by Paoli Presbyterian Church, in Paoli, Pennsylvania, the event includes a 5K . Kiddie K and Family Fun Day with live music, food, and activities for the whole family.

What is the Refugee Crisis?

Over 60 million children and families have been forcibly displaced from their homes by conflict and strife, collapse of infrastructure, and serious danger to their lives. These are the largest numbers of refugees and displaced people since World War II. Refugees are people who have fled their home country due to war, violence, or persecution, according to the UN Refugee Agency. Refugees are different from immigrants because refugees cannot go home, or are afraid that it is not safe to return. Displaced people have had to leave their homes for the same reason as a refugee, but they are still living within their home country. More than half of all the world’s refugees are children under the age of 18.

World Vision: Going to the Ends where no one else goes:

Started in the 19050’s World Vision is a global Christian humanitarian organization. WV goes where humanitarian and development needs are high. If estimates hold true, by 2030, around eighty percent of the world’s extreme poor will live in fragile states. What’s more alarming is that extreme poverty has a child’s face: the majority of people in fragile contexts are young. As a child-focused organization, WV has a clear call to help the most vulnerable children — those who live in fragile states and who are increasingly forced to flee instability within and across borders as refugees. World Vision partners with churches, donor governments, corporations, and individual supporters across the globe, in addition to local communities, faith bodies, civil society, and public institutions where they work. Ultimately, WV’s successful programs empower refugees and displaced people and cultivate ingenuity and resilience, so that communities have the know-how, the confidence, and the ability to help themselves and care for their children.