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

The Syrian conflict, which began in March 2011, has triggered the largest displacement crisis of this century. With a pre-war population of 22 million people, over 6 million Syrians – half of them being children – are now internally displaced, and at least another 5 million people have fled across national borders as refugees.

In early 2020, hostilities in the Northwest of the country displaced around 1 million people, which was the largest displacement since the conflict began.  

Over nine years on, as government troops, armed opposition groups, and international forces battle for power and territory, the lives and wellbeing of women, men and children in Syria continues to be threatened. 

Over 80% of Syrians live below the poverty line, 9.3 million Syrians are food insecure and more than one third of Syria’s children are out of school.

The current COVID-19 pandemic and economic crisis have only compounded this already dire humanitarian situation.

Our response

We have been working with partners in Lebanon and Iraq to respond to the huge number of Syrian refugees who fled there, as well as inside Syria to deliver vital emergency assistance and support.

As a result of the current COVID-19 pandemic, we are adapting our work with partners so that we can continue to safely deliver assistance and protect the communities we support.

 

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.

 

 

Bisan, 17, studies at the Darna centre in Northwest Syria. The centre is run by a Christian Aid partner and funded by the EU.

In Syria we work on...

Humanitarian Response

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

Our partners distribute essential items including food, hygiene kits and blankets and mattresses.

Escalations in violence can also lead to terrible effects on our local partner staff, as many are themselves from the communities with which they work. Christian Aid takes our duty of care to our partners very seriously and has responded through supporting partners with things like staff evacuation within Syria. 

Education and Resilience 

Through a four-year project funded by the European Union (EU), Christian Aid is working with a partner in several locations in Syria to implement an education and resilience project.

The project seeks to ensure young people affected by the conflict can access education and training to help transform their lives, reduce their vulnerability to joining armed groups, and support peaceful, cohesive communities.

Social Cohesion

Christian Aid works with another partner in Syria on training local civil society leaders in conflict management and community resilience. These leaders then help their local communities identify needs and plan interventions to respond to them.

Where we work and who we work with

We support local partners in Syria, Lebanon and Iraq.

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

Key achievements

Northern Syria

During the escalation in violence in Northwest Syria in early 2020, many fled their homes without any belongings during the harsh winter months. Through our partner we helped reduce the vulnerability of more than 3,000 families, by providing kits consisting of mattresses, pillows, blankets and carpets to displaced families in camps.

Staff from one of our local partners were also displaced multiple times during this period. Christian Aid therefore supported staff members and their families through providing rent, furniture, kitchen supplies, and food.

To respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, Christian Aid is currently supporting a partner to distribute more than 8,000 hygiene kits and conduct awareness raising in camps in Northwest Syria.

 

Education and Resilience

Through an EU-funded project, a partner has set up four community centres in Northwest Syria. These centres provide safe spaces and improve the skills, resilience and social inclusion of young people through education, vocational training, psychosocial support and community involvement.

Through this same project, young people have been trained in disaster response, first aid and COVID-19 protocols. Three local volunteer first response committees have been established following the training. They are conducting awareness raising in communities on proper handwashing, as well as sanitising tents and public spaces.

 

Social Cohesion

Our partner has supported the peacebuilding capacity of over 187 local civil society leaders in Northeast and Northwest Syria through training, consultations and social forums. Three community initiatives were designed as a result of this.

Syria Crisis Appeal

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

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.

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Christian Aid Syria is based in London, United Kingdom. We support partners in Syria, Lebanon and Iraq.

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