Syrian Refugee Crisis Appeal

Almost 11 million people are in need inside Syria and more than three million have been forced to seek refuge in neighbouring countries.

Women and children make up three-quarters of the refugee population.

CARE is on the ground in Turkey, Jordan, Lebanon and Egypt, where thousands of refugees are crossing the borders each day. 

Nearly 80 per cent of refugees are living in urban areas, outside of refugee camps, making it harder for them to access vital help.

Many families have sought refuge in Jordan's and Lebanon's towns and cities, where they are living in makeshift shelters or overcrowded apartments and garages. 






How is CARE helping?

CARE has reached more than 700,000 people in Turkey, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon and Egypt.



A total of 188,000 Syrians have fled across the border into Turkey since violence flaired around Kobane in northern Syria on 16 September. They join around 870,000 registered Syrian refugees already seeking shelter in Turkey. 

CARE is coordinating with the Turkish authorities and other organisations to provide the newly arrived refugees with food, blankets and hygiene items. We have reached 13,200 people so far.

From CARE's blog: Syrian refugees flee to Turkey: ‘We cannot go back’



CARE is working with those living in urban areas who need support to pay for basic living costs including rent, food and essential relief items. 

We have reached almost 313,000 people in Jordan, providing cash assistance, relief items and vital information on how to access health care and social support.

More than 44,000 families have sought assistance at CARE's refugee centres in Jordan. 

From CARE's blog: Hospitality shines for Syrian refugees in Jordan


Azraq refugee camp

Jordan's Azraq refugee camp opened in April to take pressure off Za'atari camp, which hosts more than 83,000 Syrian refugees. 

In Azraq camp, CARE activities include:

  • information and orientation for newly arrived refugees
  • community centres that provide psychosocial support, case management, training and recreational activities
  • identifying community leaders to act as representatives for the refugee community.

From CARE's blog: School starts in Azraq Camp: Getting an education as a Syrian refugee



CARE is supporting urban refugees and people living in informal camps to access shelter, livelihood opportunities, information and social support. In vulnerable areas of Beirut, CARE is increasing access to water and sanitation.

In Lebanon, CARE has helped more than 61,000 refugees.

Please donate today and help us continue our lifesaving work for Syrians in urgent need.

Your donation will help give a lifeline to families looking for a safe place to call home.


Impact on women and girls

More than 75 per cent of the refugees who have fled Syria are women and children. In conflict, women and girls are particularly vulnerable. Even in times of peace, it's usually women who look after children, the sick, the injured and the elderly. When emergency strikes, this burden of care can multiply. The vulnerability and responsibilities of women are further increased by the loss of husbands and livelihoods, and the need to procure essentials for family survival.

From CARE's blog: Indecent proposal: Syrian women exploited


Syrian refugee crisis

CARE Jordan

CARE has been working with refugees in Jordan since 1948, when it supported Palestinians who sought refuge there. Since 2004, CARE has supported Iraqi refugees with cash, relief items, training and psychosocial assistance.


Media releases

66,000 Syrian refugees flood into Turkey - 23 Sep 2014

CARE: One new Syrian refugee every 13 seconds - 29 Aug 2014

Three million refugees, but Syrian crisis not hitting home with Australians - 20 Jun 2014

Syrian refugee families relying on child breadwinners - 12 Jun 2014

One million Syrian refugees in Lebanon: An unparalleled burden - 04 Apr 2014

Geneva II: CARE disappointed with lack of progress on securing humanitarian access - 1 Feb 2014

Geneva II: An opportunity to end the suffering of Syrian refugees - 20 Jan 2014

Shortfall in pledges for Syria spells disaster for millions - 16 Jan 2014

Universal Children's Day: Syrian refugees relying on child labour to meet basic needs - 20 Nov 2013

Winter snows just weeks away for Syrian refugees - 08 Nov 2013

World Food Day: Syrian refugees facing significant food shortages - 16 Oct 2013

CARE Australia issues urgent appeal for funds to meet the humanitarian needs of Syrian refugees - 30 Aug 2013

Syrian refugees set to pass two million within weeks - 20 Jun 2013

Global community failing Syrian refugee children - 24 Apr 2013

Syria's urban refugees in Jordan falling through the aid safety net - 23 Apr 2013


Special reports

Lives Unseen: Urban Syrian Refugees and Jordanian Host Communities Three Years into the Syria Crisis  - April 2014 

Syrian refugees in urban Jordan - April 2013

Page updated: 16/11/2014

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