Syrian conflict

SOS Children's Villages Syria
Six million children in Syria are in need of help. Photographer: Bachour Wissam

Since early 2011 the Syrian civil war has taken a terrible toll on children and families, causing the largest human displacement crisis today. Millions of people have fled the country, millions more are internally displaced.

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According to OCHA, an estimated 13.5 million people, including six million children, have been in need of humanitarian assistance in 2016. While millions of people have had to flee the country, another 6.6 million have been forcibly displaced within Syria. Two million children are out of school.

The need caused by the crisis is tremendous. Numerous families in refugee camps, neighbouring countries, refugees on the move, as well as internally displaced families within the country face severe hardship and require support to meet their most basic needs.

Our response

SOS Children’s Villages has worked in Syria for more than 30 years. An emergency response programme was launched in 2013 to provide acute assistance to children and families suffering from the conflict, both in Syria and in Lebanon. We have provided:

Emergency-icons_care-and-counselling.jpg Care and counselling for over 400 unaccompanied and separated children in Interim Care Centres
Emergency-icons-CFS-40x40.jpg Child Friendly Spaces where thousands of children are able to play and learn in a safe environment
Food-water-NF040x40.jpg Supplies such as food, water and other essential items to help cover the basic needs of internally displaced families.

SOS Children’s Villages International receives funding through many multilateral and governmental entities. These donors provide essential funding to support the programmes in the countries where we work. Emergency response and relief efforts carried out by SOS Children’s Villages International in Syria are supported in part by the The German Federal Foreign Office, the Luxembourg Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Icelandic Ministry of Foreign Affairs.