At a fundraising event in Cambridge, hosted by Sir Charles and Lady Chadwyck-Healey, guests heard how SOS Children is helping Syrian children remain safe, sheltered and nourished.
“As the situation in Syria deteriorates, more people are relying on humanitarian aid. With drinking water, medicine and basics like infant milk in increasingly short supply and rapidly rising prices, babies and small children are most at risk”, said Meryl Davies, Director of Fundraising at SOS Children UK. “Thanks to the generosity of our local donors, we are helping to bring a little normality to people whose lives have been shattered by war.”
The guest speaker and current SOS Children Ambassador, Jackie Long, shared fascinating insights into her two decades working as a Channel 4 and BBC journalist on shows that include Newsnight and Five Live. Recently Jackie has been reporting on the dire situation and increasing tensions, where more than 5.5 million people in Syria have been made homeless, including a million children. An estimated 2,400 schools in Syria have been destroyed and others have become shelters.
How are we supporting people in Syria?
SOS Children is helping thousands of the most vulnerable people in Syria cope with the impact of war. As part of our Syria emergency appeal, we are providing shelter and food for families plus nappies and milk for infants, trauma support for children in refugee camps, and help so that children can continue with their schoolwork.
Lady Chadwyck-Healey, a long-standing supporter and former Chair of SOS Children, said:
“SOS Children is an exceptional charity that provides high-quality family-based care for children and families who, through no fault of their own, find themselves in the most desperate circumstances. Thanks to its grass-roots local knowledge of Syria, the charity is doing an outstanding job to get help directly to some of those that need it most. We are so grateful to everyone who joined us to support this critically important work.”
We have been a permanent presence in Syria since 1981. Our Children’s Villages in Damascus and Aleppo provide a caring family home for children who have lost their parents. In today's crisis, we are well-placed to provide emergency relief on the ground via our well-established support networks.
How can you help?
You can help Syrian families struggling with terrible hardship. Please support our Syria Emergency Appeal.