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WHAT'S HAPPENING IN SYRIA?

COVID-19 cases are now being confirmed in Syria - where hundreds of thousands of children are already facing unimaginable horrors as the war intensifies in Idlib.

Families are desperately trying to escape the fighting whilst trying to stay healthy during coronavirus pandemic - often sheltering in tents or ruins, with little food and healthcare.

They desperately need your help.

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WHAT ARE SAVE THE CHILDREN DOING?

Right now, we're:

  • helping children with the trauma of war and providing a safe space
  • 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.

how we helped Sara

Right now, 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 the farming industry
  • 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.

Right now, we’re:

  • treating sick and injured children and safely delivering babies 
  • immunising children and aiding malnutrition recovery
  • running classes 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.

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

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.

how we helped Sara

*Names changed to protect identities

HOW ARE WE RESPONDING TO CORONAVIRUS IN SYRIA?

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 doing all we can to support them through the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • 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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