Syrian Refugee Response

Last Update:2018/09/28

After seven 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.

7 Years On…

  • 6.6 million people have been displaced inside Syria
  • Over 5.6 million people have sought refuge in other countries
  • 13.1 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance
  • At least 6.5 million people are food insecure
  • About 1.75 million children are out of school in Syria (2015-16)

Sources: UNHCR, UNOCHA, 2018 Humanitarian Needs Overview
Data as of September 2018

World Vision's Response

In 2017, World Vision's continued response to the protracted crisis in and around Syria contributed to the well-being of over 2.2 million people (nearly 1.3 million of them were children).

Our response work includes the following sectors:

  • Education and child protection: Support children who have missed out on education to acquire knowledge and skills to return to formal schools; offer sports, recreational activities and learning opportunities to children living in refugee camps; work with schools, parents and leaders to promote child protection

  • Food, cash and livelihood: Provide cash allowance, food vouchers and food commodities to families in need; provide cooked meals for children attending formal schools in refugee camps; support young and unemployed people to increase their resilience by providing training on farming

  • Water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH): Repair water systems damaged by war, prioritising schools and hospitals; distribute hygiene kits and encourage families to maintain personal hygiene to reduce risk of diseases; provide drainage, infrastructure and water-trucking in refugee camps

  • Winter and household supplies: Distribute items like stoves, gas cylinders and winterisation vouchers for families to meet their particular needs for winter; repair damaged houses and fit solar panels in community buildings

  • Health and nutrition: Provide equipment, supplies and staff training for hospitals and clinics, prioritising women’s and girls’ health with services such as antenatal care and assisted deliveries; set up women and young child spaces to provide psychological and peer support for mothers

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