SOS Children

Syrian conflict

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. The war has left schools, hospitals and entire cities in ruin.

According to the latest UN estimates, 13.5 million people - nearly half of them children - are in need of humanitarian assistance. While millions of people have had to flee the country, more than 6 million are displaced within Syria.

Both the families who remain in their homes and the millions who are displaced face severe hardship and require support to meet their 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. We have provided:

  • Care and counselling for hundreds of unaccompanied and separated children in interim care centres

  • Child Friendly Spaces where thousands of children are able to play and learn in a safe environment

  • Supplies such as food, water and other essential items to help cover the basic needs of internally displaced families.

  • Referral programme for children with urgent medical needs

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.

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