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Syria Crisis Appeal

War-scarred Syrian families desperately need your support

The people of Syria need your help more than ever. More than five and a half years of conflict has left the country and its people in crisis.

The situation is shocking. 

Half the Syrian population have had to flee their homes, and more than 4.9 million people are now refugees. More than 400,000 people have been killed.  

The UN has described Aleppo as ‘a slaughterhouse’. Syria needs a sustained ceasefire immediately to stop the killings of innocent civilians and allow people to get the humanitarian aid they so desperately need.

Please give to our Syria Crisis Appeal

We’re working with our partners in Syria, Lebanon and Iraq, providing support to some of the most vulnerable Syrian refugees.

In Lebanon, our partner Association Najdeh provides aid to Palestinian refugees from Syria, while Mouvement Social ensures refugee children can continue their education, as well as access psychological support to come to terms with their experiences. 

Lebanese organisation Kafa - which supports women who have experienced exploitation and domestic violence, or who are at risk - now opens its doors for the most vulnerable female refugees in the Bekka Valley. 

In Iraq, Asuda has been giving refugee women legal, social and psychological support. 

Rehabilitation, Education and Community Health (REACH) has also provided vocational training to some of the most vulnerable refugee communities living in the Kurdish region of northern Iraq, to help them find a way to make a living.

Your donations are providing:
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Advocacy

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Blankets

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Cash and vouchers

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Education

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Food

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Fuel

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Hygiene kits

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Medical assistance

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Shelter

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Tools for work


How we work in an emergency

We're based in countries affected by disasters so we can be there before, during and after an emergency to save lives and support people long term. Through our work with local organisations in these countries, we can talk directly to the people affected to provide the most useful emergency response.  

Find out more about our approach

Stories from Syrian refugees
Many of the Syrians affected by the conflict are women and children. Read some of their stories below and find out how your donations are helping them.
Six-year-old Hammoudi

Hammoudi

Six-year-old Hammoudi was born in Damascus with complex physical and mental disabilities. He was given two life-saving operations by the Syrian health service, but his third operation was cancelled when violence overtook the country.

More than one in five refugees suffer from some form of impairment, whether from birth, illness, accident, or a conflict-related injury. Syrian refugees with disabilities often can't get the care they need.

Now – with the help of your donations and the work of our partner, Lebanese Physically Handicapped Union (LPHU), Hammoudi has learned to walk for the first time.

Two-year-old Zainab with a doctor

Zainab

Two-year-old Zainab has only grown to the size of a baby, partly due to her Down’s syndrome but also no doubt because of a lack of access to nutritious food. 

She shares a tent with her parents and three older brothers; in the summer it’s an oven, and in the winter if it’s not snowing it’s a mud flood.  

Zainab’s parents received little follow-up after her birth, and her Down’s syndrome was not recognised for eight months. But after receiving physiotherapy from our partner LPHU this year, she has been able to sit unsupported for the first time.

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Layan

Layan is a Syrian refugee living in Lebanon. Sadly, like many Syrian women, she's a victim of domestic violence. During times of conflict, women and girls are at greater risk of sexual and domestic violence.  

Layan now regularly visits Kafa, a Lebanese organisation that supports women who have experienced, or are at risk of violence.

She said: 'Kafa helped me to get out of the awful situation I was in. I feel that there are people who care and worry about me.' 

Kafa successfully helped to lobby the Lebanese government to pass a law criminalising domestic violence. The law also applies to Syrian refugees. 

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