May 29 2015

SOS to help more unaccompanied Syrian children through European Commission-financed project

A new project in Northern Syria run by SOS Children’s Villages and financed by the European Commission will provide complete care for hundreds of unaccompanied children and reunification services to reunite them with their families if possible.

Now into its fifth year, the conflict in Syria has become one of the world's largest humanitarian crises. Millions of people have been displaced, needs continue to increase, and an entire generation of children is being deprived of basic services, education and safety, which are their right as children. Many have been exposed to war and violence and have lost their parents and families.

A new project in Tartous, in Northern Syria, will provide complete care for some 450 unaccompanied or separated children over the next three years. The project has been financed by the European Commission and will be run by SOS Children’s Villages within the framework of our countrywide Emergency Response Programme for Syria.
8-year-old Khaled comes from the Al-Soukari area of Aleppo. Khaled, whose family is internally displaced, dreams of returning home and going back to school. Photo: Abdelkader Fayad
Direct care, shelter, educational support, health care, nutrition, vocational training, psychological support, and protection will be provided. Some 2,500 children in the wider community will also benefit from support services.

SOS Children’s Villages will also work to reunify unaccompanied or separated children with their biological families in every possible case. SOS families, or another quality alternative care, depending on the needs and best interests of the individual child, will be provided for children whose families cannot be found. SOS Children’s Villages is committed to ensuring that children affected by the Syrian crisis continue to receive the support and care that they need.

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EC-(1).jpg This project is financed in part by the European Commission. The contents of this article are the sole responsibility of SOS Children’s Villages and can in no way be taken to reflect the views of the European Union.