The White Helmets, officially known as Syria Civil Defence, is a volunteer organisation that operates in parts of opposition-controlled Syria and in Turkey.
The White Helmets give everything. Give what you can to support their life-saving work. Your donation will support their response to Covid-19, get wounded White Helmets back on their feet, help families of their fallen rescue workers and replace life-saving equipment destroyed by bombs.
When the bombs rain down, the White Helmets (also known as the Syria Civil Defence) rush in. In a place where public services no longer function, these humanitarian volunteers risk their lives to help anyone in need – regardless of their religion or politics. Known for their distinctive headwear, the rescue workers operate in the most dangerous place on earth and have saved more than 100,000 lives over the past five years.
Former bakers, tailors, engineers, pharmacists, painters, carpenters, students and many more professions besides, the White Helmets are volunteers from all walks of life. Many have paid the ultimate price for their compassion – 252 have been killed while saving others.
Formation: 2014; 8 years ago
Purpose: Civil defense
Volunteers: 3,000 (with monthly stipend).