Syria Crisis Appeal

A critical moment

You have been helping to protect Syria’s children since 2012. But after so many years of relentless conflict, our funds are stretched to the limit.

After more than eight years of war, children like Masa* (below) and thousands of others are fighting for their lives every day.

We are responding however we can by providing essential items such as blankets and winter kits, in order to ensure children and their families survive the violence.

The war in Syria has already claimed too many children's lives, we need to act now.



“An aircraft bombed my school. People died. I was crying … parents were crying,” says Masa*, age 10.

Masa was in class when her school was hit by an airstrike. The building collapsed, killing and injuring children and adults. Masa managed to get out. 

Since April, fighting in Syria's Idlib province has intensified dramatically. Hundreds of children and adults have been killed. Children who survive are denied education, food and healthcare. Many, like Masa, are forced to sleep out in the open without shelter.

We're working with local partners to diagnose and treat malnourished children and providing families who have lost everything with cash for food. We're scaling up our education response through mobile buses and temporary learning spaces to make sure children can continue their learning despite their circumstances.

In spite of all they've been through, children in Syria are determined to help build a better future. 'I want to become a teacher, if there are no airstrikes, so we can learn.' says Masa.

Children like Masa urgently need your help.

What we're doing

Right now, we're:

  • helping children cope with the trauma of war and providing a safe space for them to just be children again
  • providing one-to-one support to children who need it most
  • reuniting unaccompanied children with their families
  • using activities like drawing, drama and music to help children express their emotions.
Sara*, 14, holding a football at our Child Friendly Space.

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.

*Names changed to protect identities

Right now, we’re:

  • giving blankets, warm clothing and toiletries to families who have been forced to flee their homes
  • distributing ready-to-eat meals and fresh food vouchers so families have enough to eat
  • helping families earn a living by supporting the farming industry
  • giving families cash grants to help them rebuild their lives in the long term.
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.

Right now, we’re:

  • treating sick and injured children through seven health centres
  • safely delivering babies through a maternity hospital
  • immunising children against preventable diseases and helping children recover from malnutrition
  • running classes in schools and local communities to help children learn 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.

Right now, we're:

  • repairing schools that have been damaged, and 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
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.

The latest news from Syria

Keep up to date on news from Syria as we have staff on the ground as the situation for children worsens.

Last week Save the Children supporters helped transform the lives of a group of British children caught up in horrors far beyond their control.

Read our blog here

Response to reports from the Kurdish self-administration that British orphans in Syria have been "handed over to a delegation representing the British Foreign Ministry"

Save the Children statement on Syrian repatriation > 

Save the Children responses to an Urgent Question posed in parliament about the plight of British children trapped in North East Syria. 

North East Syria: Response to Urgent Question in Parliament > 

The number of British children trapped in North East Syria after fleeing ISIS-held areas is more than 60, Save the Children can disclose. This is around double previous estimates that have been reported in the media.  

More than 60 British children trapped in North East Syria > 

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