Syria Crisis Appeal

nearly three million children have grown up knowing nothing but war

After nearly eight long years of conflict, an entire generation are growing up knowing only the horrors of war. Children in Syria have seen and experienced things that no child ever should.

Bombs have rained down on children's homes. Places that should be areas of safety - like schools, hospitals and playgrounds - have all come under attack. Children are being stripped of their basic rights every day, being denied access to healthcare or an education. 

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Right now, over a million children are in Idlib, northwest Syria, where another offensive is looming. Many families here have already fled their homes to escape escalating violence. They have been pushed to their limits. And now they risk being on the frontlines again. 

With the onset of winter, families who have lost their homes and lack adequate shelter are now facing a new threat - the deadly cold temperatures. 

The scale, severity and complexity of the conflict inside Syria can seem overwhelming. But, beyond the challenging context, there is a simple truth; children are suffering and we can help. 

Our response

For as long as there has been conflict, our staff and partners have been on the ground in Syria, working around the clock to help save children's lives and protect their futures.

We're also working in neighbouring countries - including Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Egypt - doing whatever it takes to support children and their families who have escaped across borders.

Read more about our response areas below.

  • We're treating sick and injured children through four health and nutrition facilities and safely delivering babies through a maternity hospital. On average, 20,000 people use these facilities every month.
  • We're immunising children against preventable diseases and screening and treating children with malnutrition. 
  • We're running hygiene awareness classes in schools and local communities to help children stave off disease. 
  • We're supporting new mothers with breastfeeding and distributing baby kits containing items such as clothing, nappies, rash cream and thermometers. 

 

Nadia is screened for malnutrition by a Save the Children health officer in a refugee settlement near the Syrian border. She and her family all live in a small dark tent with very few basic necessities and we've supported them to help buy food, water and medicine.

Nadia is screened for malnutrition by a Save the Children health officer in a refugee settlement near the Syrian border. She and her family all live in a small dark tent with very few basic necessities and we've supported them to help buy food, water and medicine.

  • We've established Child Friendly Spaces. These spaces are designed for children. They not only provide them with a safe place to play and just be children again, but also deliver vital psychosocial support to help them cope with the trauma of war.
  • We're also providing one-to-one pyschosocial activites to children in need of tailored and specialist support. 
  • We're identifying unaccompanied children and tracing their families to reunite them. 
  • Our Healing and Education through Art (HEART) programme uses arts-based group activities such as drawing, drama and music to help children express their emotions and build resilience during their recovery. 

 

Majid* lost his father to the war in Syria. Growing up without parents took its toll on Majid. He became aggressive and found it difficult to cope with his surroundings. He is now attending one of our Child Friendly Space, where he receives specialist emotional support.

Majid* lost his father to the war in Syria. Growing up without parents took its toll on Majid. He became aggressive and found it difficult to cope with his surroundings. He is now attending one of our Child Friendly Space, where he receives specialist emotional support.

  • We’re distributing essential relief items to families who have been forced to flee their homes - such as blankets, warm clothing, cooking utensils and toiletries.
  • We're distributing ready-to-eat meals and fresh food vouchers so families have enough to eat. 
  • We’re promoting food production and helping farming families recover their household income by providing vaccinations and food for livestock. 
  • We’re also giving families cash grants and running cash for work activities to help families cover the cost of living and address the longer-term needs of rebuilding lives.
Save the Children’s partners are providing shelter and food to children and their families.

Save the Children’s partners are providing shelter and food to children and their families.

  • We're supporting a range of education facilities in North Syria and across the region outside Syria. From rehabilitating damaged schools to establishing temporary learning spaces, early learning centres, and vocational training schools for adolescents.
  • We're giving children the materials they need - like books and pens - so they can learn effectively. 
  • We're running homework support groups and youth clubs to help children who have been out of school for a while, to catch up. 
Seven-year-old Ibrahim* attends one of our temporary learning spaces in a refugee settlement.

Seven-year-old Ibrahim* attends one of our temporary learning spaces in a refugee settlement.

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