Sacha Baron Cohen and Isla Fisher have donated $1 million to Save the Children and the International Rescue Committee to support victims of the conflict in Syria.
Save the Children announced Sunday that Cohen and Fisher have given $500,000 to the organization to fund a measles vaccination program for children in Northern Syria. The couple gave another $500,000 to support families, particularly women and children in and around Syria, by funding education, health care, shelter, and sanitation.
“By allowing us to make their generous donation to the Syrian children public, Sacha and Isla are helping highlight the tragedy of the issue today,” Save the Children CEO Justin Forsyth said in a news release. “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 valuable children.”
According to Save the Children, more than seven million people have been displaced inside Syria, and four million are currently living in the surrounding states.
“Sacha and Isla’s donation is a great expression of humanity, and a challenge to do more for the most vulnerable,” David Miliband, president and CEO of the IRC, added. “I hope it is an example to many others seeking practical ways of making a difference during the Christmas and New Year season.”