Syria Refugee Response
World Vision brings emergency aid to the growing crisis in Syria Since December 2019, violence in northwest Syria has caused more than 900,000 people—over 60% children—to flee from bombings, airstrikes, and fighting. There is an urgent need for shelter, child...More Details
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World Vision brings emergency aid to the growing crisis in Syria
Since December 2019, violence in northwest Syria has caused more than 900,000 people—over 60% children—to flee from bombings, airstrikes, and fighting.
There is an urgent need for shelter, child protection, clean water, food, and other emergency supplies.
“The violence in northwest Syria is indiscriminate. Health facilities, schools, residential areas, mosques, and markets have been hit. Schools are suspended; many health facilities have closed. There is a serious risk of disease outbreaks. Basic infrastructure is falling apart. We are now receiving reports that settlements for displaced people are being hit, resulting in deaths, injuries, and further displacement,” said Mark Lowcock, UnderSecretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator at the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.
- Many people are staying with host families or in camps or unfinished buildings. Nearly 82,000 people are reportedly staying in open, unprotected areas.
- There are numerous cases of children who are unaccompanied and separated from their families as they flee.
- Schools in Idlib and the countryside have been closed until further notice, impacting 160,000 students in 278 schools.
- Nearly 72 health facilities have suspended services, shut down, or reduced operations as a result of ongoing hostilities.
- Malnutrition among pregnant and nursing mothers, as well as children, is on the rise—with over 184,000 people needing food assistance.
World Vision and our partners are working closely together to bring emergency aid to northwest Syria. At the end of December 2019, we reached 625,433 beneficiaries across Azaz and Idib, including 362,751 children.
- World Vision supports two hospitals, two primary health clinics, and 10 mobile medical teams.
- We are organizing 11 women and girls safe spaces and child-friendly spaces. We also are conducting emergency activities, including information provision, service mapping, identification and referrals of unaccompanied and separated children and psychological support activities.
- Nine water stations have been created, as well as water brought in by trucks. Water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) services also have been shared with 55,000 internally displaced persons across eight camps.
WHAT IS STILL URGENTLY NEEDED
World Vision is providing winter kits and medical care, but with tens of thousands of desperate people arriving each day, the needs are overwhelming.
We plan to scale up our response to provide 175,000 people in northwest Syria the necessary aid and supplies including tents, blankets, cooking supplies, family tracing for family reunification and more. All to help bring relief to those who need it most.
Three ways to help provide urgent care:
- $116,000 can provide hospital operation costs for one month.
- $42,000 can provide 500 families blankets and mattresses.
- $9,300 can provide 500 families clean water for one month.
At World Vision, stewardship is an integral part of everything we do. In rare cases where donations exceed what is needed, or where local conditions prevent program implementation, World Vision will redirect funds to similar activities to help children and families in need.
The multiplying effect from grants and donated goods may change throughout the year on identical or similar offers due to variations in the start and end dates of donor grants and our programs.