War has forced more than half of Syria’s population to flee their homes. Children and families who’ve become refugees and millions trapped inside Syria need help right now.
More than 13 million Syrians need humanitarian assistance, including 5.6 million people – more than half of whom are children – who’ve been forced to flee their country to escape violence.
A further 6.2 million people have been forced from their homes but remain in Syria and 2.6 million people in Turkey have also been displaced within their own country.
Since 2011, World Vision’s Syria response has reached approximately 3 million people, including 1.3 million children.
The Syrian civil war officially began on 15 March 2011. Since then, brutal conflict has killed hundreds of thousands of people, torn the nation apart and set back living standards by decades. Health centres and hospitals, schools and other basic infrastructure have been damaged and destroyed. Once busy marketplaces have been reduced to rubble.
In Jordan and Lebanon, resettlement has become long term, altering the traditional demographics and patterns of life in cities and towns amidst tension and competition over jobs and basic services.
In early 2019, the Syrian army and various military groups continue to fight for control over territory in the country's north. The war has become a sectarian conflict, with religious groups opposing each other. The conflict has deeply affected the entire Middle East region.
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Humanitarian needs have increased twelve-fold since the beginning of the crisis in Syria, with 13 million people currently in need of assistance.
Your help is urgently needed to protect children as they try to survive as refugees, and provide emergency items such as: food, shelter, medicine, child friendly spaces, care kits for children, education packs for children and schooling.
The amounts above are indicative of the cost of purchasing relief items here in Australia.
World Vision’s initial response to the crisis focused on supporting resettlement and basic needs of Syrian refugees in Lebanon. World Vision is now responding in five countries – Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey and Iraq – and works beyond families’ basic needs to tackle complex social problems that affect children’s rights and individual resilience.
Assistance provided by World Vision includes:
Syrian refugee children aged 3-6 attend a World Vision Early Childhood Education program at Rajab in Lebanon. For many of the children attending this is their first experience of directed group activities.
World Vision continues to work in Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq, Turkey and northern Syria to provide humanitarian assistance to vulnerable Syrians and communities hosting Syrian refugees. In 2017, we provided assistance to almost 2.3 million people.