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How do your donations help Syria?

  • £10 could help provide a year’s worth of school supplies to a child in North East Syria.
  • £30 could pay for a hygiene kit to help a family stay clean and prevent disease for one month. 
  • £45 could provide food baskets to cover the basic food needs of a family of six for a month.
  • £115 can help provide a teacher with educational materials and stationary for a whole year.

10 Years of War In Syria: What has Happened?

The Syrian civil war has left millions of children and families displaced and facing unimaginable horrors.

For many thousands of children 10 years of conflict has taken their childhood. 

And now with Covid-19 spiralling out of control, the country is struggling with a chronic shortage of hospital beds, testing kits, water and oxygen.

The UK government has also now announced plans to cut aid to Syria, which would intensify the struggle for children who are already facing hunger and displacement.

10 years of war has taken so much from Syria's children. Don't let it take their future. 

Now, more than ever, they need your support.


With support from local partners we're:

  • helping children process the horrors of war and providing safe spaces for play
  • providing one-to-one support to children who need it most
  • reuniting unaccompanied children with their families
  • using drawing, drama and music to help children express emotions

how we helped Sara*


"In the future, I want to help my family and rebuild our home."

Sara, 14, was at home with her family when her street was bombed. She emerged from the rubble of her home, temporarily blinded by chemical dust from the blast. Her brother guided her to safety, and she now lives in a displacement camp. Sara attends our Child Friendly Space, where she feels less afraid and alone.

She likes playing goalkeeper in football matches, and says the girls' team normally beats the boys' team because she saves all the goals.

Sara*, 14, holds a football at Save the Children’s Child Friendly Space

Sara, 14, holds a football at Save the Children’s Child Friendly Space in a displacement camp in Syria

With support from local partners we're:

  • giving blankets, clothes & toiletries to families forced to flee homes
  • distributing ready-to-eat meals & fresh food vouchers 
  • helping families earn a living by supporting them with skills training
  • giving families cash grants to help them rebuild their lives
Mai*, 11, at our Child Friendly Space.

Tamer*, four, and his mother, Yasmine*, were forced to flee their home. They have received essential supplies such as baby kits, blankets and mattresses, and have also been taken to seek medical and dental care.

With support from local partners we’re:

  • treating sick and injured children and supporting women's reproductive health
  • immunising children and screening for acute malnutrition 
  • raising awareness in schools and communities to teach safe hygiene
  • supporting new mothers with breastfeeding and giving them nappies, rash cream and thermometers.
Arij's* newborn baby.

Arij's* newborn baby girl, born in a maternity hospital supported by our partners in north west Syria. Arij was forced to flee to the suburbs of Idlib after her home was destroyed by bombs.

With support from local partners we're:

  • running temporary learning centres for children of all ages
  • giving children books, pens and other learning essentials
  • running homework support groups and youth clubs to help children who have been out of school to catch up

How we're helping Hamza*

"I want to learn here and to become a teacher when I grow up. I want teaching to be my future."

Hamza and his family fled to a camp to escape constant bombing in their hometown. Thanks to a temporary learning centre run by our team, Hamza was able to restart his education and his journey to becoming a teacher - but lessons stopped due to coronavirus.

To ensure children like Hamza still get an education, we're providing home-based learning packs and tent-to-tent support for families and care givers. Hamza can now continue his studies at home and work towards his dream.

Hamza*, 13 reading in the tent where he, his five siblings and parents live.

Hamza*, 13 reading in the tent where he, his five siblings and parents live.

*Name changed


Across northern Syria, we're helping children and families through this scary and difficult time.

Both directly through our staff, and through partner organisations, we're working with communities to reduce the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on children.

  • We're distributing mobile sim cards that allow families to connect to the internet where possible and access learning materials
  • Our partners are doing virtual classes to support home learning
  • We've adapted our child protection activities so that our teams can provide vital emotional support remotely

By donating to our Syria appeal, some money could be used to help our coronavirus response. Find out more and donate to our global coronavirus response here.


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