Syria Crisis Appeal
Every day there are dreadful reports of suffering from across the Middle East. In Yarmouk and across Syria, people are besieged. In Iraq, communities of all faiths and ethnicities are being targeted, and in the occupied Palestinian territory the daily pain of Palestinians living under occupation goes on - largely ignored and unseen by the world.
So what can organisations like Christian Aid do when it all seems so overwhelming? Frances Guy, Head of Middle East at Christian Aid, explains.
Four terrible years of conflict in Syria have had devastating effects on young and old alike. More than 3.8 million people have become refugees and over 200,000 people have been killed.
Please support our emergency appeal to help our partners in Lebanon, Iraq, and within Syria itself, to respond to the immediate and long-term needs of some of the most vulnerable people on Earth.
At the beginning of 2015, we gave cameras to 12 Syrian refugee and Lebanese children in Beirut. We provided them with photography training and mentoring, and the children gave us a glimpse into their lives by posting daily online photo diaries.
As well as building the children's confidence, the project offered them a way to express themselves as they shared poignant images of their lives as refugees.
- View the full photo gallery with captions
The media spotlight may have shifted, but the number of vulnerable people continues to increase as the humanitarian crisis goes on. We are working through our partners in Lebanon and Iraq to respond to the needs of refugees.
We have also supported our ACT Alliance sister agency, International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC), to provide vital assistance to people in desperate need inside Syria itself.
Thanks to your generosity, our Syria Crisis Appeal has raised more than £2 million since it was launched and has enabled our partners to provide support to communities in desperate need.
How we're responding
Our partners have provided humanitarian essentials such as food, fuel for cooking, hygiene and sanitation kits, water containers and infant kits, cash assistance, as well as psychological support for those who are suffering as a result of the conflict.
During the bitter winter months, our partners have supported refugee families with food and fuel for cooking.
Now responding to the longer term needs of refugees, our partners are working with especially vulnerable groups such as women and people with disabilities.
Latest update: how we're responding >
How you can help
Donate nowWith your support we will be able to reach even more people in desperate need.
Church resources and collections
To hold a collection during your church service, order our emergency envelopes quoting F1952 by calling 0870 0787788.
Syria Crisis Appeal poster (PDF, 7kb)
Church presentation - UK version (PDF, 0.3mb)
Church presentation - Ireland version (PDF, 0.3mb)
Syria: our response
Christian Aid partners are responding to the ongoing refugee crisis in Syria, Lebanon and Iraq.
Voices from Syria
What our partners are doing to help those affected by the conflict.
Pray for those affected by the crisis.
Comment by Christian Aid US
28 January 2014 - Christian Aid disassociates itself entirely from comments made by an American organisation of the same name that they are proselytizing among Syrian refugees in Jordan.
We regard linking the providing of basic supplies with evangelism as against all the principles of humanitarian aid provision.
Any Christian group using the unfolding tragedy in Syria as an opportunity to proselytize is endangering the lives of other Christian organisations working in the region who, like us, provide aid where it is needed, to people of all faiths, and none.