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Christian Aid in Syria

Christian Aid's crisis response involves working with partners inside Syria and on the associated refugee crisis in the Middle East and Europe.

Inside Syria there are 13.5 million people in need of humanitarian assistance and nearly 3 million people are trapped in besieged and hard to reach areas.

People in these areas have little or no way to earn a living and the most basic food items, such as bread and rice,are very difficult to find.

Our response

In northern Syria, our partner has provided business training and small business grants in the Idlib Governorate to women and young people to support income generating enterprises.

In the Eastern Ghouta area of rural Damascus, our local partner operates a food kitchen that cooks basic nutritious meals for vulnerable families in the area, most of whom have been displaced multiple times.

Due to the merciless shelling of the area since late 2017, the kitchen has only been able to work on an occasional basis due to the dangers inherent in living in an area under near-constant aerial bombardment.

 

Our aims

  1. To ensure the protection of all civilians, including humanitarian workers and civil society organisations inside Syria.
  2. To ensure access to humanitarian support – including food, shelter, education, and medical support.
  3. To ensure a just peace is negotiated.
  4. To ensure the safe and voluntary return to homes of those displaced.
  5. To ensure that all parties involved in the conflict are held accountable to international laws and standards.

In-depth information

Christian Aid (as co-chair of the Syrian NGO Advocacy Working Group) provided the Syria update for Bond’s 2017 State of the World’s Emergencies Report.

This project offered me not only a chance to learn a profession, but also introduced me to a fabulous group of women who shared their stories and their suffering. I shared my story with them and together we felt stronger to face life challenges.

Female beneficiary of the small grants and training project in northern Syria

In Syria we work on…

Humanitarian response

With increasing insecurity, violence and displacement, we are continuing to provide humanitarian assistance and food to the most vulnerable populations inside Syria.

We work in besieged areas, where access to food is often severely limited. Our partner provides hot meals daily for vulnerable families.

Education

Throughout the next three years, Christian Aid will work with its partner in several locations in Syria to implement an education and livelihoods project.

The project will provide young Syrians with tools and techniques with which they can start to move past the trauma and loss they have experienced, and to enable them to become active members of their societies.

Livelihoods

Christian Aid’s partner in northern Syrian has trained women and young people in small business management, allowing them to subsequently write business proposals, apply and compete for small business grants.

Our aim is to reduce economic vulnerability and enable Syrians to secure a sustainable way to earn a living.

We support conflict affected vulnerable communities, many of whom have been displaced multiple times, to access livelihoods through training and in kind grants (for example the free use of facilities). We place a particular focus on women and youth.

Members of staff of Christian Aid partner in a besieged area of rural Damascus distribute fresh meals to vulnerable families.

Christian Aid’s partner distributes fresh meals to vulnerable families in a besieged area of rural Damascus.

Where we work and who we work with

We support partners in Syria, Lebanon and Iraq.

Our team is comprised of individuals with significant programmatic, humanitarian, advocacy and policy expertise.

Thank God for this kitchen, it has helped us a lot, and now we can eat food without the need to reduce our dignity as human beings

Female beneficiary of the food kitchen in Eastern Ghouta

Key achievements

Northern Syria

Through our partner in northern Syria, we have helped to reduce the vulnerability of 60 women and young people through a rigorous six-month programme, which provided entrepreneurship training.

Following the training, 30 young people and women received a small business start-up grant to enhance their financial autonomy, contribute positively to their communities and to secure sustainable work to provide for themselves and their families.

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... young people and women received a small business start-up grant

Eastern Ghouta

Our partner in eastern Ghouta has been working in some of the toughest conditions in the conflict to provide hot meals to families in desperate need.

Despite disruptions to this project, in 2017 we were able to provide hot meals to 9,000 people.

Refugee families from Syria queue to receive vouchers that they can spend in local supermarkets as part of a monthly distribution run  by REACH, supported by Christian Aid

Refugee families from Syria queue to receive vouchers that they can spend in local supermarkets as part of a monthly distribution run by REACH, supported by Christian Aid

Syria Crisis Appeal

The people of Syria need your help more than ever. As the conflict enters its seventh year, the country and its people are in crisis.

Reports and resources

This assembly celebrates Mothering Sunday. It features stories of families whose lives have been affected by conflict.

Lord, hear our prayers for Syria. For people leaving everything behind to flee to safety, for those who have lost loved ones...

God of Advent, We wait for a message to the world, and a message has come. Not a message of hope but of horror.

Service for World Week for Peace in Palestine and Israel (22-28 September) and on the 24th of every month.

There is a monthly ecumenical prayer vigil across the globe until there is an end to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

Almighty and all powerful God, creator of the world and the nations...

We pray for all whose desperation leads them to the sea

God of all, where are your children? Let us see God’s children, who are far from home...

Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink?

Contact us

Christian Aid Syria is based in London, United Kingdom. We support partners in Syria, Lebanon and Iraq. Our team is comprised of individuals with significant programmatic, humanitarian, advocacy and policy expertise.