Syrian Refugee Response

Last Update:2017/03/10
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After six unimaginable years, violence and bloodshed in Syria are still ragging on. The Syrian children and people have borne a heavy brunt of the conflict: homes destroyed, families separated, children’s future jeopardised. They are either striving to survive inside Syria or living in despair in neighbouring countries.


6 Years On…

  • 6.3 million people have been displaced inside Syria
  • Over 4.9 million people have sought refuge in other countries
  • 13.5 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance
  • At least 7 million people are food insecure
  • About 2 million children are out of school in Syria

Sources: UNHCR, UNOCHA, 2017 Humanitarian Needs Overview

Fears & Dreams

World Vision has worked with Syrian children since the war began in 2011. Leading up to the 6th year mark of the conflict, we asked 100 Syrian children to share their fears and dreams with us to explore how exposure to violence can influence a child’s view of the world and their ability to remain hopeful. Majority of the children fear for their safety: they are afraid of airstrikes, shelling and explosions. 50% of the children said their dreams are peace for Syria and being able to return home, while 33% dream of becoming professionals such as teachers and doctors.

One of them is 10 years old Hamza:

All children have fears and dreams. Whether they become a reality is up to us.


World Vision's Response

In 2016, World Vision's continued response to the protracted crisis in and around Syria contributed to the well-being of almost 2.3 million people (a million of them were children).

Our response work includes the following sectors:

  • Food and cash assistance: Distribute food vouchers and food commodities to needy families; cash assistance programmes help families to meet their daily needs so they can send children to school and visit a doctor when they are ill

  • WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene): Rehabilitate water systems and improve waste management in communities; distribute hygiene kits for families to maintain personal hygiene in difficult living conditions

  • Child protection and education: Operate Child Friendly Spaces to provide safe spaces to address children’s psychosocial needs; provide access to remedial classes and early childhood education; set up child protection committees to enhance awareness of child protection in communities

  • Health: Work with local partners to supply equipment for clinics and hospitals; conduct health and hygiene promotion activities so parents learn about nutrition and reproductive health

  • Non-food items: Provide winter kits containing items like stoves, blankets and mattresses for families to keep warm during winter; provide baby kits and shelter kits

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Renewing Children’s Hope through Early Education

In the past six years, millions of Syrian children have been exposed to tremendous psychosocial stress, many of them were born amidst violence and displacement – about 3.7 million children under 5 have grown up knowing nothing but conflict. Without adequate psychosocial support and education opportunities, these children’s futures will be shattered. Around 2 million school-age children are out of school in Syria, while nearly 900,000 refugee children are not enrolled in schools in neighbouring countries.

Hundreds of thousands of children do not have access to education because schools in host countries have insufficient resources and capacity to accommodate extra students, parents cannot afford cost for transportation or learning materials, and that many of the Syrian children did not receive any pre-school education so it is hard for them to catch up with local school system. In Jordan and Lebanon, World Vision is providing early childhood education support and child protection for Syrian children:

  • Provide Early Childhood Education (ECE) programme for young children to meet their developmental milestones and improve school readiness
  • Help children to enrol in formal education system after they complete ECE programme
  • Empower parents and caretakers with Early Childhood Development (ECD) and child protection training to teach their children at home and ensure children’s well-being
  • Improve education facilities by constructing classrooms in schools and renovating education centres
  • Partner with local organisations to establish Child Friendly Spaces to provide psychosocial support for children affected by the conflict
  • Provide other support such as: transportation to education centres, referral of food assistance and psychosocial support, distribution of ECD kits

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