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Syria Crisis Appeal

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 - please donate now.

A lifeline for children in Idlib

Thanks to your support, we’re doing all we can to help children and their families sheltering in camps and on the move in north west Syria.

For families who don’t know where their next meal will come from, we will be providing cash for food. We’re being careful to identify those who need extra support.

We’re running temporary schools and make sure newly displaced children who don’t have access to a formal school can still access vital learning education materials.

The war in Syria has already claimed too many children's lives, we need to act now. Please support our work with Syria’s  children.

How we're tackling coronavirus

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.


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

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.

how we helped Sara*


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.

"In the future, I want to help my family and rebuild our home."

how we helped Sara

*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.

Save the Children have released a new report ‘Stop the War on Children 2020: Gender Matters’ which reveals the continuing intensification of conflict for children.

Read our report >

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 > 

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