Syrian refugee crisis – the biggest humanitarian emergency of our time.
Airstrikes in north-western Syria have forced hundreds of thousands of families to flee their homes.
“350,000 people set off in the first week of February alone,” according to CARE Turkey’s Humanitarian Assistant Country Director, Tue Jakobsen. “Many of them did not make it…”
Amidst freezing conditions, more families are fleeing now than at any time in the nine years of war, as one city after another is destroyed by bombs.
These families desperately need help.
CARE is providing food, water, blankets, and hygiene kits, so that the people can stay as healthy as possible. We also have teams that help the psychologically traumatised, as many were exposed to these terrible bombings first-hand. We are also working to stop the spread of COVID-19 in Syria by providing more hand-washing stations, and much needed support to reduce overcrowding.
Syrian families desperately need your help. Please donate today:
Syrian refugees need your help now
Desperate to flee the violence in their homeland, thousands have died at sea or perished on land. Of those still in Syria, 11.7 million women, children and their families urgently need assistance.
Through our national partners, CARE is delivering emergency aid, shelter kits, food parcels to displaced families in areas under siege within Syria. Our partner, Syria Relief are even helping displaced children hear for the first time. You can watch the moment 13-year-old Abdulkader received his hearing aid in this video.
CARE has reached over 4.5 million people affected by the Syria Crisis in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Egypt and Syria, but we still need your help to continue to support the millions more in need.
Your donation today can help CARE provide lifesaving basics such as food, clean water and shelter, as well as help us to distribute much-needed essentials to families living rough, including mattresses, blankets, kitchen sets, baby items and hygiene kits
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 multiplies. 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
Syria represents the biggest humanitarian emergency of our time. 11.7 million Syrians inside the country are in need of humanitarian assistance, including 5.8 million children. Intense fighting around the country is causing further problems to an already beleaguered populace.
As neighbouring countries restrict admission on their borders thousands of refugees are becoming stranded at the border in poor conditions with insufficient support.
CARE is working in Syria on the distribution of relief supplies such as emergency food and hygiene kits. CARE is also supporting the renovation of two water treatment plants. CARE’s partners are distributing mattresses and blankets to thousands of affected people.
In addition to immediate humanitarian needs, CARE is developing resilience programs, providing families with livelihoods support, and microfinance.
So far, CARE has assisted more than 4.5 million people in Syria.
From CARE’s blog: Aleppo aid worker: ‘I’m doing this for my country and my people’
Aleppo aid worker: "I’m doing this for my country and my people"
Khaled Mostafa is Advocacy and Communications Advisor for CARE International in Northern Syria It is hard to believe things could get worse in Aleppo, Syria, but recent weeks in the eastern part of the city have seen unprecedented destruction. What’s happening is brutal—nothing is normal in any sense of the word. At least 250,000 civilians in the…
Nearly 250,000 Syrian refugees have fled to northern Iraq, where CARE is already responding to the humanitarian needs of the locals who have fled their homes. CARE is delivering water, sanitation, shelter, and household items, so far reaching over 250,000 people with this assistance. In Mosul city and other areas of Northern Ninewa, CARE is also rehabilitating and equipping public health centres with medical equipment and supplies, and providing nutritional and educational services to pregnant women and new mothers. CARE is also training midwives and traditional birth attendants to deliver maternal health services to people in the area.
In camps for displaced people and surrounding host communities in Northern Iraq, CARE is working with local Iraqi organisations to provide clean drinking water and hygiene items to people living there. CARE and partners regularly repair and maintain the water and sanitation facilities in the camps, and provide garbage collection and septic tank emptying services, to ensure the camp’s water and sanitation facilities are operating, and people can stay healthy.
More than 3.6 million Syrians have fled to Turkey since the war began in 2011. CARE is coordinating with the Turkish authorities and other organisations to provide 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 over 100,000 people so far.
From CARE’s blog: Syrian refugees flee to Turkey: ‘We cannot go back’
More than 117,500 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 more than 24,000 people so far.
From CARE’s blog: Egypt: Overcoming oppression through theatre
More than 1 million Syrians escaping violence in their homeland are seeking refuge in Lebanon whose total population is only four million.
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 110,000 Syrian refugees and 180,000 vulnerable Lebanese people have been assisted so far.
From CARE’s blog: Childhood on hold – refugee youth in Lebanon.
More than 656,000 Syrian refugees have now reached Jordan. CARE is Protecting and rebuilding lives affected by the Syrian crisis by 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 more than 325,000 Syrian refugees, 52,000 vulnerable Jordanians, providing cash assistance, relief items and vital information on how to access health care and social support.
From CARE’s blog: Hospitality shines for Syrian refugees in Jordan.
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Call 1800 020 046 toll free and pay by credit card. Donations over $2 are tax deductible. 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.
Monthly donation will go to emergency relief & preparedness activities where it is needed most.