The latest update on the Syrian refugee crisis and details of how our partners are responding in Iraq and Lebanon.
Thanks to your generosity, our Syria Crisis Appeal has raised more than £3 million since it was launched and has enabled our partners to provide support to communities in desperate need.
Syrian refugees in Lebanon with disabilities are among some of the most vulnerable, experiencing marginalisation and discrimination within Lebanese society.
Our long-standing partner, the Lebanese Physically Handicapped Union (LPHU), is supporting Syrian refugees with pre-existing disabilities, or those with disabilities resulting from the conflict in Syria, to access support services such as physiotherapy and occupational therapy.
Furthermore, LPHU has supported Syrian refugees with disabilities to access vocational training, enabling them to provide for themselves and their families, and to integrate within Lebanese society.
Kafa is a Lebanese organisation that works to eliminate all forms of exploitation and violence against women, and create a society that is free of social, economic and legal patriarchal structures that discriminate against women.
With the arrival of Syrian refugees to Lebanon Kafa now serves some of the most vulnerable Syrian women and girls facing sexual and gender-based violence in Lebanese society. At their centres in the Bekaa Valley they provide women and girls with counselling (group and individual), awareness raising, drama, music, art and dance therapy. Through our Syria Crisis Appeal, Christian Aid is funding one of their listening centres in in the Beqaa Valley.
Association Najdeh, Lebanon
During the winter months, Najdeh has been providing refugee families with fuel for heating. In addition, they report that many are suffering from the psychological effects of their experiences in Syria, and as refugees, and are providing workshops and other structured activities for women and children to help them start to cope with all that they have been through.
Movement Social, Lebanon
Another long-standing Christian Aid partner, Movement Social, has enabled Syrian refugee children to continue their education while in Lebanon. Many of these children cannot access the state school system due to overcrowding and demand for places, or because they do not qualify.
Movement Social runs alternative educational classes for these children, which provide them with a safe space for their wellbeing and protection, while giving them access to recreational, educational, social and psychological support.
Our Syria Crisis Appeal funding has provided one-to-one psychological and social support to children who have been psychologically affected by the conflict in Syria. Using art, dance and drama therapy, children are supported to express themselves.
Our partner Asuda is providing legal, social and psychological support to Syrian refugee women. As well as providing sewing lessons, the centre also acts as a safe place for women to meet and talk.
REACH is working with some of the most vulnerable refugee communities who are living in the Kurdish region of northern Iraq. Many refugees are without access to healthcare and other basic services, including adequate sanitation facilities.
How you can help
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