The eight-year-long conflict erupted in Syria has brought massive destruction and disruption to the country and civilians. There requires a large amount of resources and time to restore. Until this day, because of the conflict, it is still impossible for over 5.9 million Syrian children to return home, with the losses of their loved ones, homes and future remaining uncompensated.
Earlier on, World Vision Hong Kong CEO Kevin Chiu and Lifelong World Vision Volunteer Sylvia Chang went on a trip to Lebanon, where they greeted the Syrian refugees and provided them with assistance. They called on the public to show concern towards the needs of these refugees.
Kevin Chiu visits children in a community in Akkar (Northen Lebanon), near the border of Lebanon and Syria.
“None of the children living in such undesirable conditions are resentful. Instead, they have a pure and kind heart,” says Sylvia Chang.
8 Years On…
- 6.2 million people have been displaced inside Syria
- Over 5.6 million people have sought refuge in other countries
- 11.7 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance
- At least 6.5 million people are food insecure, with another 2.5 million at risk of food insecurity
- About 2.1 million children in Syria are out of school, and a further1.3 million are at risk of dropping out
Sources: UNHCR, UNOCHA, 2019 Humanitarian Needs Overview
Data as of March 2019
World Vision's Response
In 2018, World Vision's continued response to the protracted crisis in and around Syria contributed to the well-being of over 1.22 million people, including more than 690,000 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; provide early childhood education
- 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 job skills; recruit incentive-based volunteers to collect, sort and recycle garbage in refugee camps
- Water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH): Repair water systems damaged by war; 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; installed solar-powered hot water systems
- 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