Now, the data shows that Syrian organizations carry out 75 percent of the humanitarian work in Syria.
Yet, they receive 0.3 percent of the Syria aid budget.
And what's more, the same is happening across the crises of the world.
I have witnessed this reality.
It means those with the knowledge, skill and ability to respond on the front lines
have little of the necessary tools, equipment and resources they need to save lives.
It means groups like IDA don't have funds to rebuild their hospital.
The humanitarian system is failing the most vulnerable communities in their darkest hours.
Now, at the time of receiving that message, I was on sabbatical from my clinical work, setting up CanDo,
a start-up determined to address this imbalance and enable local responders to provide health care to their war-devastated communities.
We had devised a simple model: source trusted and impactful local groups,
support their development through an accelerator program and connect them to you via our crowdfunding platform,
where they can fund-raise for their health needs.
So when IDA asked for help, I decided to launch CanDo seven months early, with very little money,
and many people, including myself, thought I had finally gone mad.
I wanted to do something that transformed our collective anger into something beautiful.