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The Syrian conflict began in March 2011. With a pre-war population of 22 million people, over 6.6 million people have fled across national borders as refugees, mostly in countries near Syria. A further 6.7 million Syrians are also internally displaced, including 2.5 million children.

In early 2020, hostilities in the Northwest of the country, where Christian Aid is working, displaced around 1 million people. This was the largest displacement since the conflict began.  

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

Nine in 10 Syrians now live in poverty, with 60 per cent of the population at risk of going hungry this year — the highest number ever in the history of the Syrian conflict. A generation of Syria’s children have also never lived a day without war. Nearly 2.5 million children are out of school across Syria, with 1.6 million more at risk of dropping out. The COVID-19 pandemic, ripple effects from the conflict in Ukraine, and economic crisis have only compounded this already dire humanitarian situation.

Our response

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

Our aims

  • To provide needs-based, accountable, humanitarian relief
  • To promote the resilience of communities and Syrian civil society
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A partner field staff member prepares the hygiene kit items for distribution. Credit: Christian Aid local partner
A masked partner field staff member prepares the hygiene kit items in green buckets for distribution
A partner staff member prepares hygiene kits for distribution in northwest Syria

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 cash assistance, 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-and-a-half year project funded by the European Union (EU), Christian Aid worked 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. Christian Aid has continued to fund this area of work following the end of EU funding.

Key achievements

Humanitarian Response

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 supported a partner to distribute more than 8,000 hygiene kits and conduct awareness raising in camps in Northwest Syria. We also supported 7,508 people with food baskets.

Education and Resilience

Through an EU-funded project, “Creating Alternative Futures: education Syrian adolescents”, a partner 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 were 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.

To date, we’ve supported 27,804 people (50.4% were women) through this area of work.


List programme reports – by location

Creating alternative futures: educating Syrian adolescents

We recognise that returning to school can provide the only flicker of normality for many children in countries engulfed in crises.


List Resources – by location

Syrian Civil Society: A closing door report

This report seeks to give a truer view of Syrian civil society, giving a voice to people who have often been mentioned only as a footnote to atrocities, as aid workers killed in a shelling, or vilified as terrorists in the narratives of the government.

News and Blogs

List articles by location - Particle

Turkey-Syria Earthquake - 6 months on

In Turkey and Syria, stories of support from community organisations demonstrate the power of compassion and solidarity during times of crisis.

Turkey-Syria Earthquake - the first month

A series of devastating earthquakes has hit southern Turkey and north-west Syria killing 20,000 people and injuring many more.

Education gives young people a brighter future in northwest Syria

This International Day of Education we follow the lives of Aida and Ahmed and their determination to gain an education despite the disruptions and challenges they have faced in northwest Syria.

World Week for Peace in Palestine and Israel vigil

World Week for Peace in Palestine and Israel vigil

Displacement and new skills for young people in Syria

Displacement due to conflict in northwest Syria disrupts education, hear how Fatima is overcoming these challenges.

Related news

As Damascus Becomes A Battleground Again - Is There Hope For The Future Of Syria?

Máiréad Collins, Advocacy officer for Syria, Iraq and Lebanon at Christian Aid, writes in the Huffington Post.

In Syria, education gives a flicker of hope: photo essay

Gen Lomax, Senior Programme Communications Advisor at Christian Aid, writes in Open Democracy.
Syria Crisis Appeal

Read about how our (now-closed) appeal enabled our local partners to support vulnerable refugees in Syria and Lebanon. You can still give to support our ongoing work around the world.

Contact us

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