Syria Response

An emergency response programme to uphold the safety and wellbeing of Syrian children.

Facts and figures

- Five projects
- 5.8 million children affected by conflict
- 88,401 total participants

What is happening in Syria?

Syria has been rocked by violence and instability for more than seven years. The country’s brutal civil war has seen indiscriminate fighting in civilian areas. An entire generation of children risks growing up knowing nothing but conflict.

The fighting has forced more than six million people to leave their homes in search of safety inside the country’s borders. Another 5.5 million Syrians live as refugees in neighbouring states. Recent months have seen some Syrians return home - but these journeys are not always made voluntarily.

These refugees will return to face ongoing violence - as well as acute shortages of food, water and education. An estimated 13 million Syrians are in need of urgent humanitarian assistance - and the country’s children are the ones who are suffering most.

Syrian children have no safe place to learn, play or live in peace with their families. Repeated displacement and exposure to violent conflict have left children and youth with a heavy psychological burden. Refugee children are particularly exposed - early marriage and child labour are becoming increasingly common as families struggle to survive.

Could you cope if your education was disrupted by war? Syrian refugee children Ahmad and Manal are not only coping - but thriving

“The day I was supposed to go to school, war started. We were moving places constantly. And I couldn't go to school."
Ahmad (11) from Aleppo

What we do

War Child has been actively responding to the needs of Syrian children since 2012. War Child is currently the leading agency providing emergency psychosocial support and education services to Syrian children in Lebanon. We are also present in Jordan to meet the urgent needs of refugee children.

Our Syria Response is designed to build the improved psychosocial wellbeing and resilience of the thousands of children taking part in our programmes. These programmes - together with our network of ‘Safe Spaces’ - allow children to process their experiences and be able to plan for a better future.