The Syrian Civil War began in 2011 and has been devastating the country ever since that time. Reports as of February 2016 suggest that more than 13 million Syrians have sought humanitarian help in the five short years, including more than 4 million of those individuals seeking refuge in other lands. Within the country, another 6 million have been displaced as a result of the war. Help has come to these families and persons in many forms — internal aid, placement within neighboring countries, etc. Philanthropist and businessman Yank Barry, founder of Global Village Champions Foundation, has assisted the humanitarian efforts directly as well during the last several years.

Barry’s heavy involvement in the Syrian refugee crisis has aided more than 1,200 people of all ages as they seek safe shelter from their homeland’s devastation. Alongside his organization, Barry has helped move individuals from refugee camps to the Global Village Refugee Safe-house in Sofia, Bulgaria, giving them new life and hope that wasn’t otherwise found during Syria’s turmoil. His invaluable work has helped bring education, medical aid and food to Syrians as they transition to new lives — lives with a fresh start away from war. Yank Barry’s ability to cut through political red tape and support from state agencies allowed for swift work in aiding 1,200 individuals thus far as he continues to make strides in saving others during this war-torn time.