Hi team! GE Oil and Gas initiated this collection, we are happy to inform that it is now available for other GE employees in Norway as well. The situation for the refugees in Europa is more precarious than ever. Many of us would like to act after having seen the pictures in the media these days, but it is often difficult to know how. After having consulted various organizations, the Stavanger Municipality Syrian office and volunteers, we have reached the conclusion of giving the amount we are able to collect to the Norwegian Refugee Council, nrc.no (Flyktninghjelpen.no).The reason for this is that they are experienced, they work long term and have the logistics needed to help effectively. At this stage this means that we will not collect clothes or other equipment, they need money to utilize local support, that’s the most efficient way to help. Flyktninghjelpen/NRC work both in the region (Syria and neighboring countries), and is helping the refugees that arrives in Europe as well. A privilege we are lucky to have in GE is the GE Foundation. This is a concept of a corporate matching gift program established in 1954 to support employees in their personal charitable giving by providing a 1:1 match. NRC has started the process of being an approved receiver of GE Foundation funds, this takes time but when they are the amount we are able to collect in GE will be doubled! We have to register individually because GE Foundation does not match a group donation. Your gift will be tax free if the donation is NOK 500,- or more. Your contribution means a lot!