This holiday season, Sacha Baron Cohen and Isla Fisher are donating $1 million dollars to help Syrian refugees get access to vaccinations, shelter and education, among other essentials.
The Associated Foreign Press reports the donation will be divided evenly between two charities. The couple is "giving $500,000 to Save the Children to pay for measles vaccinations for children in northern Syria," and is "also donating the same amount to the International Rescue Committee (IRC) to help refugees in Syria and neighboring countries, particularly women and children, with health care, shelter and sanitation."
Since the outbreak of civil war in Syria in 2011, more than 200,000 people have died and millions have fled the country.
In a press release, Save the Children CEO Justin Forsyth said, “The Syrian conflict is now approaching its fifth year and children are the first victims. There is no safe place left in Syria, with shelling and violence omnipresent."
He added, "By allowing us to make their generous donation to Syrian children public, Sacha and Isla are helping highlight the tragedy of the issue today. These are desperate times for Syrian families facing bombs, bullets and torture in Syria. The couple’s donation will save many thousands of lives and protect some of the most vulnerable children."
David Miliband, president and CEO of the IRC, called the donation a "great expression of humanity."
"Sacha and Isla's donation is a great expression of humanity, and a challenge to do more for the most vulnerable," Milibrand said. "I hope it is an example to many others seeking practical ways of making a difference during the Christmas and New Year season."