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SEE YOUR IMPACT FOR CHILDREN IN SYRIA

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WHAT'S HAPPENING IN SYRIA?

Amir* in Syria

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

Ten years of conflict has blighted thousands of childhoods.

And a third wave of COVID-19 cases left the country struggling with a chronic shortage of hospital beds, testing kits, water and oxygen.

The UK government's plans to cut aid to Syria would only worsen the struggle for children 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.

WHAT ARE WE DOING TO HELP SYRIA?

With support from local partners we're:

  • helping children process trauma 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*

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

"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.

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/injured children and supporting reproductive health
  • immunising children and screening for acute malnutrition 
  • raising hygiene awareness in schools and communities
  • supporting new mothers with breastfeeding and vital supplies.

Karma's* Story

 Karma*, 6 in the displacement camp where she lives in Idlib, North West Syria. Photo: Hurras Network / Save the Children

Karma*, 6 in the displacement camp where she lives in Idlib, North West Syria

When Karma* was one and a half years old she developed an intense fever. Unable to get the treatment she needed, due to the war and displacement, Karma was left with a hearing and speech impairment.

Now 6 years old, Karma struggles to communicate with her family as well as other children in the camp where she and her family live, as she cannot hear them clearly.

Her parents can’t afford to provide her with special care, which has affected Karma’s mental health as well as her appetite. 

A case worker from Hurras Network, our partner, noticed that Karma was weak and not eating enough food and took the family to a nearby medical clinic, where she was diagnosed with malnutrition. To help support Karma’s family, Hurras Network has provided them with hygiene kits, malnutrition referral, one-on-one psycho-social sessions, toys and clothes.

“Playing and joy are the things that make her happy the most and she forgets about everything else. But when she’s upset, she keeps it inside and if anyone upsets her, her head starts hurting, because she doesn’t let anything out,” says Maher, Karma’s older brother.

While the Syrian conflict continues, thousands of families like Karma’s are experiencing the heartbreak of seeing their family suffer. You can help ease the burden and help more children like Karma have the chance to play freely and without hunger.

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

Anwar's* Story

Anwar*, 7, in a classroom at school in a camp in Idlib, North-West Syria. Photo: Save the Children

Anwar*, 7, in a classroom at school in a camp in Idlib, North-West Syria

“We have been displaced numerous times as my father tells me. I was young and do not remember much detail. I still however remember details of our old house in the village, which I had always loved, and we were forced to flee from it as a result of the shelling hitting our hometown," says seven year old Anwar*.

When Anwar was displaced from his family home, due to the escalating violence he was forced to drop out of school. Now, he lives with his nine siblings and parents in a camp in a village in North West Syria.

Working with our partner organisation, Ihsan for Relief and Development, we have managed to get Anwar enrolled back into a school so that he can keep learning no matter what. Anwar also has access to child protection services which includes recreational activities at his school.

Anwar loves going to school and seeing his friends and teachers and is excited to keep learning. 

“I love my school because I met new friends there. I love my teacher the same way I love my mother and father. I go to school everyday through a very bumpy and dangerous road and I do not move much. The furthest place I have been to is my school," says Anwar. 

*Name changed

HOW ARE WE RESPONDING TO CORONAVIRUS IN SYRIA?

Across northern Syria, we've helped children and families through this scary and difficult time, by:

  • Distributing mobile sim cards that allow families to connect to the internet where possible and access learning materials
  • Offering offer virtual classes with our partners to support home learning
  • Adapting child protection activities so our teams could provide vital emotional support remotely

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