Syrian conflict

SOS Children's Villages Syria
More than 6 million children in Syria are in need of help. Photographer: Bachour Wissam

Syria's civil war has taken a terrible toll on children and families. Millions of people have fled the country since the conflict began in 2011 and millions more are internally displaced. The war has left schools, hospitals and entire cities in ruin.

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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:

Emergency-icons_care-and-counselling.jpg Care and counselling for hundreds of 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.
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.