• Thousands of displaced families in northwest Syria are struggling to survive sub-zero temperatures.
  • Children are dying because of the cold. 
  • With more than 800,000 people displaced in just over two months, the speed and scale of the current displacement is like nothing we've ever seen.

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. Prolonged exposure to war, stress and uncertainty has left many children in a state of “toxic stress” – the most dangerous form of stress a child can experience.

After nearly nine years of war, 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.

  • 75% of the population has been forcibly displaced due to conflict
  • 28% of children suffer from stunting due to malnutrition
  • 45% of school-age children are out of school
  • 1 in 25 girls between age 15-19 gives birth
  • 83% of people live in poverty
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 ninth year, Save the Children and partners inside Syria continue to 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.

We have delivered a wide range of aid to 3.9 million Syrians to date, including 2.4 million children our work has benefited.

  • Protected 32,239 children from harm
  • Supported 78,708 children in times of crisis
  • Provided 169,633 children with a healthy start in life
  • Gave 5,052 children vital nourishment

How to Help Children in Syria

An 8-year old girl in Save the Children’s child sponsorship program is pictured. The girls is a refugee from Syria and now lives in Egypt where an estimated 193,000 asylum seekers and refugees are now located. Photo credit: Save the Children.

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 Lara**, you can be a hero in her life and in the lives of other children in her 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

Together, 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 nearly nine-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 2019 Global Childhood Report. You can access detailed data here. Other sources as follows: UNHCR; Population: CIA World Factbook; The World Bank, 2016; Unesco Institute for Statistics (UIS)


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