Syrian Refugee Crisis Appeal Syrian Refugee Crisis Appeal

More than 12 million people are in need inside Syria and a further three million have fled to neighbouring countries

More than 12 million people are in need inside Syria and a further three million have fled to neighbouring countries

More than 12 million people are in need inside Syria and a further 3.8 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.

Where the money goes

90 cents from every dollar we spend goes straight to our programs overseas

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 2014. 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, clothing and hygiene items. We are also providing information on psychological support, early marriage and hygiene awareness.

We have reached 25,000 people so far.

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


As of May this year, over 130,000 Syrians have fled to Egypt to escape conflict in their homeland.

CARE is assisting with vulnerable populations, in particular those at risk of Sexual Gender-Based Violence, providing legal and psycho-social support as well as transition shelter in emergency cases.

Preventing child abuse is also a priority, with child protection awareness training held raising awareness within the community.

Syrian refugees are also being helped with cash assistance, while livelihood training is helping to identify economic opportunities long-term.

We have reached 15,200 people so far.

From CARE’s blog: Egypt: Overcoming oppression through theatre


Over 1,180,000 Syrians are currently seeking refuge in Lebanon after the conflict in Syria drove them from their homes.

Of these refugees, 55 percent live in poor shelters, such as informal tented settlements and sub-standard buildings.

CARE is providing support through improving living conditions at informal tented settlements, rehabilitating substandard houses, planning ahead for assistance and advocating for support within the donor community.

Syrian refugees are also being assisted with basic needs such as cash assistance, as well as food parcels and World Food Programme vouchers and access to water and sanitation.

Over 150,000 Syrian refugees have been assisted so far.

From CARE’s blog: Childhood on hold – refugee youth in Lebanon


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 also run vocational and livelihood training programs in collaboration with government and local partners.

We have reached over 580,000 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 sough assistance at CARE’s refugee centres in Jordan. In April a vaccine campaign saw over 370,000 children under five vaccinated against oral polio.

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.

More recently, CARE partnered with Radio Netherlands Worldwide to install information screens throughout Azraq. CARE also targeted youth with skills development training, while a week-long football tournament saw 500 refugees taking part.

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

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

More than 75% of Syrian refugees are women and children

Other resources and highlights

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Should the funds raised through an emergency appeal exceed the amount required to meet the immediate and longer term needs of the people in the affected areas, or if there are changes in circumstances beyond CARE’s control which limit its ability to utilise all funds in the affected areas, CARE will direct excess funds to other emergency relief activities in the future.