Syria emergency appeal 2013-14
More than 6.5 million people have been forced from their homes by the war in Syria. Over 3 million of these are children. As the situation worsens, more and more families rely on emergency relief for their basic needs.
So far, SOS Children has helped more than 62,000 people, including nearly 40,000 children.
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 16,000 children return to school, and provided 60,000 meals for hungry families.
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In pictures: The impact of war
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Millions need your help
We are appealing for your support to help families affected by the war in Syria. So far, 9.3 million people have been affected by the crisis. Nearly half this number are children.
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.
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.
What are we doing to help?
SOS Children has helped over 62,000 people 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.
- 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 to deliver aid effectively.
Right now, we need your help. Please consider giving monthly to support SOS Children's emergency appeal and help save lives in Syria and other places affected by crisis.
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.
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