Humanitarianism isn’t usually the first word we think of when discussing Kickstarter, the crowdfunding site best known for helping launch inventions. Then again, there’s always a first for everything.
The Brooklyn-based crowdfunding project has begun its first social service campaign to raise money on behalf of Syrian refugees. As many as 12 million people have been displaced by the Syrian civil war, the White House said, and half of them are children.
The funding project, which commenced Tuesday at the White House’s urging, has already raised nearly $1 million. The US government said it has already provided $4.5 billion in humanitarian assistance “to people affected by this conflict.”