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Syria crisis

Syria girlMore than 6.5 million people have been forced from their homes by the conflict in Syria. Over 3 million of these are children. SOS Children has helped more than 88,500 young Syrians survive the hardships of war.

For those forced from home, we have provided food and shelter. For new mothers and their babies, we are supplying nourishment, milk and nappies. We have helped thousands of children return to school, and provided 60,000 meals for hungry families.

And as the war rages, we continue our ongoing work providing love, care and a healthy, happy childhood to the most vulnerable children of all.

You can help.

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The impact on families | What are we doing to help? | How your money will be spent | Are there other ways to give?

The impact on families

Sisters in Damascus

So far, 9.3 million people have been affected by the crisis. Nearly half this number are children.

The situation for displaced families in Syria is worsening by the day and many rely exclusively on humanitarian assistance to survive. Those most at risk are women with small children. Many mothers are desperately in need of nourishing food, nappies and other critical supplies to keep their babies alive.6.5 million people have been forced from their homes by over three years of continuous fighting. Thousands of people have fled Syria's largest city, Aleppo.

What are we doing to help?

SOS Children has helped over 88,500 children affected by the war in Syria since August 2012. 

So far, we have:

  • Provided shelter for the most vulnerable people, including unaccompanied children, as well as new mothers and their babies.
  • Brought warm clothes, bedding and blankets to families forced to live in cold temporary accommodation after being forced from their homes by war.
  • A boy plays football amid ruined buildings in Homs, Syria
    The city of Homs is in ruins after years of war. For some children, these buildings are still home
    Provided 60,000 meals to hungry families displaced by the conflict.
  • Helped 16,000 children return to school in autumn 2013 by providing uniforms, equipment and help with tuition fees.
  • Provided nourishment and essential supplies to new mothers and their children, including milk and nappies for babies.
  • Created a child-friendly space in Damascus, where children can find refuge from the horrors of war, be in a place of safety with others their own age, and benefit from the support of childcare experts.

Four decades of experience

We have worked to support children and families in Syria since the 1970s, and our long-term presence in the region means we are well-placed to deliver aid effectively, and to continue our ongoing work supporting vulnerable children and families throughout this time of conflict.

Right now, Syrian children need your help. Please consider giving monthly to support our work in Syria.

How your money will be spent

Your one-off or monthly donation will be directed towards the area of our work in Syria for which the need is greatest. It may be spent directly on our emergency relief programme, or it may be used to support our ongoing work providing care to children without parental care.

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Are there other ways to give?

Yes. You can sponsor an SOS Children's Village in Syria, providing a happy, healthy start in life for orphans, abandoned children, and children who cannot live with their parents. You will receive a welcome pack introducing you to the Village and surrounding community, followed by regular updates on our work in the region. Alternatively, you can make a one-off donation.

child sponsorship in Khan El Assal, Syria

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Would you help a freezing child?

Millions watched a moving video of strangers helping a freezing child in need. It reminded us that children in Syria need our support now. The best way to help keep Syrian children warm is to donate to our emergency appeal. Our staff on the ground can then locally source coats and blankets, and coordinate distribution to families in need. We can't accept any winter items by post. Please instead support our ongoing appeal to help the children of Syria.

In pictures: The impact of war

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Syria: Childhood on the front line

Syria: Childhood on the front line

Saleh is 10, but for him, childhood is a distant memory. He and his family live in the warzone that was once Syria's bustling capital. For children like Saleh, each day is a struggle for survival, bringing with it memories which no child should have to bear.

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Syrian children dream of a safe home

Syrian children dream of a safe home

Of the 6.5 million people who are internally displaced in Syria, 46% of them are children. After three years of conflict, all these children want is somewhere they can grow up without fear, danger or violence. For displaced Syrian children, a safe home has become their biggest dream.

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Syrian children haunted by nightmares

Syrian children haunted by nightmares

Sabeen and her children were forced to move from Homs to Damascus following death threats. Modar, her 6-year-old son, suffered from nightmares after the trauma they experienced. Find out why the SOS child-friendly space in Damascus has become a sanctuary for the family.

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What would you do if you saw a freezing child?

What would you do if you saw a freezing child?

Using a hidden camera, our colleagues in Norway filmed what happened when a shivering child was left alone at a bus stop in Oslo. The resulting video has warmed the hearts of over 13 million people who have watched it online. The viral video draws our attention to the millions of Syrian children who are facing a harsh winter without warm clothes or safe shelter.

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A safe place for Syrian children

A safe place for Syrian children

Every day, 120 children come to our child-friendly space in Damascus to escape the chaos that engulfs their lives. Nearly three years of escalating violence has left the most vulnerable members of Syrian society vulnerable to many dangers, from exploitation and abuse to trauma and neglect. Amidst the turmoil, we are providing a place of safety.

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Working to protect families through the winter

Working to protect families through the winter

In mid-December, the first winter storms arrived in Syria and Lebanon, bringing high winds and freezing temperatures, and forcing the UN to cancel a planned airlift of food and winter supplies to Syria. Our locally based team is pressing ahead with plans to protect families against the harsh Syrian winter.

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