In 1980 the first SOS Children's Village in Syria opened in Qodsaya. It is a suburb of Damascus, the capital city located in the south of the country. Today, due to the violent civil war, children in Syria are in need of our protection more than ever.
A turbulent region
Since the uprising began in March 2011, hundreds of thousands of people have died and many more injured. The tense situation affects the lives of all Syrians.
Economic conditions in the country have deteriorated. The price of goods, especially those that have to be imported have risen sharply, making it increasingly difficult for people to afford food and other basic goods. In search of refuge, nearly five million people have fled to the neighbouring countries of Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and Iraq.
Children evacuated to Damascus
Due to increased violence and safety concerns, children at our Village in Aleppo were evacuated in September 2012 to our Village in Damascus. Therefore, SOS Children's Village Damascus is currently our only location in Syria offering children a loving home. Here, children live in SOS families, that are headed by a caring SOS mother.
In each family, the children live with their SOS brothers and sisters. These families have stayed together during the civil war, and will move to safer facilities if needed. When young people who grew up in an SOS family feel ready to leave home, we help them to study, receive training or find work via our specialised youth programme.
Supporting families for the past three decades
For the past 30 years, we have been providing the local community and vulnerable children with essential support and we are continuing our work despite the difficult circumstances. Our long-term presence means that we are trusted in the area, and our established networks ensure we can continue to carry out our important work.
Our SOS social centre in Darayya, a suburb of Damascus, has provided families with health care, nutrition, clothing, medical care and education. Training courses are offered to women and young adults so that they may find work and help life themselves out of poverty. In times of peace and conflict, access to education is one of our priorities. We help children to attend school by providing stationery, private tuition where needed, and material support to families.