Apartment Barcelona Collaborates With UNHCR To Raise Money For Refugees
The company will donate €100 each month to help people from areas of conflict all over the world to restart their lives.
Apartment Barcelona, the leading holiday apartment rental company in Barcelona, has joined a new campaign by the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) to provide assistance to the forcibly displaced. Apartment Barcelona will donate one hundred Euros each month to the Spanish branch of the agency, ACNUR.
The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees has been coordinating aid for the forcibly displaced for over 60 years. In that time, the agency has helped tens of millions of people restart their lives. Today, a staff of around 8,600 people in more than 125 countries continues to help over 33.9 million persons.
The donation provided by Apartment Barcelona will go primarily towards the agency’s emergency response program. UNHCR is often called to mobilise hundreds of staff within very little time in order to provide aid to fleeing civilians when a sudden eruption of fighting in a particular area breaks out. The aid must be provided without delay, and to do this UNHCR is calling for funding of its emergency staff.
“We are very proud to contribute to this cause,” explains David Aguilar, Managing Director of Apartment Barcelona. “The work of UNHCR is vital to providing aid to those who face desperation and danger every day as they, through no fault of their own, have been forced out of their homes and onto the streets. We are glad to help in any way we can.”
UNHCR offers protection, assistance and emergency aid to refugees and asylum seekers across the world. The agency provides survival kits, food, shelter, education, and much more to the uprooted and stateless. Of those, 46% are children and 25% require special assistance, including the elderly, ill and new-born babies.
One of the main areas of conflict today is Syria. Over three million refugees from this warzone have fled to neighbouring countries: the largest humanitarian emergency since World War II.
With the help of Apartment Barcelona’s donation, UNHCR will provide aid to both internally and externally displaced civilians, as well as those in other zones of conflict such as Iraq, Ukraine and South Sudan.
“Aside from collaborating on an economic level with UNHCR, we also want to raise awareness of the agency’s work,” says Sandra Roig, Marketing Manager of Apartment Barcelona. “We will be looking to provide information to our clients about this cause and all of the essential work the agency does for refugees.”
Around 97% of the agency’s workers are volunteers. UNHCR’s ability to provide emergency assistance is vital to those who look to it for support during times of crisis. The donations raised in this project will go towards providing life-saving emergency assistance such as clean water, sanitation and health care. Relief items, including blankets, sleeping mats, household goods and sometimes food are also provided.
Apartment Barcelona is an online apartment rental and real estate agency, with three offices in the Catalan capital. While it primarily specialises in holiday accommodation, the company also has long-term rentals and apartments for sale. Apartment Barcelona’s website is currently available in eight languages and offers a wide variety of rentals in Barcelona in a range of central locations.