Syria Crisis Appeal

Hasan* and his brother Kareem* from Idlib, Syria, in the makeshift camp where they now live in the most basic conditions.

'We were in the middle of the way when the bomb was dropped so we ran.' Hasan and his brother Kareem fled Idlib when their school was destroyed by a bomb, killing one of his friends. Their family is now homeless.

The war in Syria is a war on children. As the conflict enters its ninth year, half of all children here have never known anything but war.

Thousands of children have been killed, and many more have been injured and experienced trauma.

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7,500 Syrian children who fled Syria now face homelessness and even more uncertainty.

More than 2,500 homes in Arsal, Eastern Lebanon where many have sheltered, are scheduled for demolition.

Children in these camps are having to relive the traumatic experience of sleeping outside or in crowded tents.

Bringing hope

Thanks to the support of people like you, we’re already working with partners in Arsal, ready to support the families affected by demolitions. We’ll provide emergency shelter kits, plus activities to help children work through the distress caused by the destruction of their family home.

And we’re calling on the government of Lebanon to ensure that children and their families are protected and given the time they need to rebuild their homes and communities.

What we're doing

We’re working round the clock with partners in Syria to get children lifesaving healthcare, aid, and the chance to learn.

And with millions of children and families forced to flee to neighbouring countries, we’re helping children in refugee camps recover and start to rebuild their lives.

Right now, we're:

  • helping children copy 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.

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.

“They burned our home to the ground to force us out. When ISIS was there, we weren’t allowed to go to school or learn and they raised the price of vegetables, so we were all going hungry. Whenever they saw a woman talking with a man they would stone them, and they would behead prisoners in front of their family. I always tried not to look when there were beheadings, I would hide behind my mum.” – Mai*, 11

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.

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