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EMERGENCY ALERT

A staggering 5 million children are in need of urgent and ongoing humanitarian assistance as Syria’s brutal war enters its eighth long year. Half of Syria’s children have grown up knowing nothing but conflict, in areas that aren’t safe for anyone, much less vulnerable children. Please help us stop the war on childhood.

Help Save Children in Syria

The conflict in Syria has devastated the lives of a generation of young people. Many of Syria’s children have missed years of their education, with 2.1 million children in Syria currently out of school. As we enter year eight of the conflict, it’s more important than ever that we show the children of Syria they are not forgotten. For the 6.2 million people currently internally displaced in Syria and the 5.6 million Syrian refugees with no place to call home, we must continue fighting for a future we all share.

What is Happening in Syria Right Now?

Every day, millions of Syrian children are living with the chaos of war. Innocent boys and girls are growing up in fear for their own lives and the lives of those they love.

The Challenge for Syria's Children

Many of Syria’s children and their families live in areas where basic services are almost non-existent. The essential infrastructure they rely on - such as healthcare, education and water and hygiene services - has been decimated, and at least 2.5 million children have had to flee their homes and are now internally displaced, living in terrible conditions. You can make a difference.

  • 55% of school-age children are out of school
  • 18 out of 1000 children die
    before their 5th birthday
  • 85% refugee children are living below the poverty line
  • 28% of children suffer from stunting due to malnutrition
Map of Syria

How You’re Changing Children’s Lives

Thanks to giving people like you, our work for the children of Syria is making a difference.

As Syria’s conflict approaches its eighth year, Save the Children and partners inside Syria continue work tirelessly to reach Syrian children and families who have been displaced within their country. Our humanitarian teams and partners in Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Iraq and Turkey are also present in camps and host communities, providing Syrian refugees and vulnerable children from these host communities with food, shelter, water and sanitary services, and access to medical care, education and child protection activities.

We have delivered a wide range of aid to 2.8 million Syrians to date, including 1.9 million children.

  • Protected 44,021 children from harm
  • Supported 260,905 children in times of crisis
  • Provided 246,925 children with a healthy start in life
  • Supported 1,650 parents to provide for their child’s basic needs
  • Gave 22,270 children vital nourishment

How to Help Children in Syria

11-year old Karim* wears a pair of glasses and a red t-shirt and smiles broadly. Karim and his family are Syrian refugees who fled their country in 2012 in hopes of a better life. Thanks to Save the Children's refugee sponsorship program, children like Karim are benefitting from protection, education, health and livelihoods support, counseling and psychological support. Photo credit: Victoria Zegler | Save the Children, Nov 2017. *Name changed for protection.

More than half the population of Syria has been forced to flee their homes, with 6.2 million people currently internally displaced and 5.6 million refugees.* Thousands of children have been orphaned or separated from their families in the chaos of war. 2.1 million children are out of school, deprived of basic essentials and a safe and protective environment.

Since the start of the crisis, Save the Children has worked to reach the most vulnerable children in Syria and in refugee-hosting countries. You can help. By sponsoring a refugee child in Egypt, like Karim**, you can be a hero in his life and in the lives of other children in his community. With your steady support, they’ll finally have the chance to grow up healthy, learning and safe.

*Source: HNO 2019
**Name changed for protection

Join Us in our 100th Year So We Can Stop the War on Children

The war in Syria has hit hardest those who are least responsible – children. Tens of thousands of innocent children have been killed or injured in the eight-year conflict. Those children who have survived are experiencing chronic stress due to violence, loss and instability. A donation to our Syrian Children’s Relief Fund supports Save the Children’s efforts to help those in need.

 

*Unless otherwise noted, facts and statistics have been sourced from Save the Children’s monitoring and evaluation experts and from the 2018 End of Childhood Report. You can access detailed data here. Other sources as follows: UNHCR; Population: CIA World Factbook 2015; The World Bank, 2016; Unesco Institute for Statistics (UIS)

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