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.
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 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.
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.