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Syrian Response

An emergency response programme to uphold the safety and wellbeing of children affected by the conflict in Syria.

National context

Syria has been beset by violence and instability for some seven years. The country’s brutal civil war has seen indiscriminate aerial bombing in civilian areas. Millions have been forced to leave their homes in search of safety.

Inside Syria’s borders some 13.1 million people are currently in need of humanitarian assistance. Some 6.1 million people have had to leave their homes in search of safety inside Syria. Some 5.5 five million Syrians are now living as refugees in neighbouring states.

The population faces widespread shortages of food, water and health care. Depleted resources, the high cost of living and restricted livelihood opportunities are making it difficult for vulnerable families to meet their children’s basic needs. Among the refugee population, early marriage and child labour are becoming increasingly common as families struggle to survive. 

Situation of children

Syria’s children are the ones who have suffered most from the effects of the country’s brutal civil war. Children have no safe place to learn, play or live in peace with their families. Repeated displacement, poor living conditions and exposure to violent conflict are known to have immediate as well as long-term impacts on a child’s psychosocial wellbeing.

The ongoing conflict in Syria continues to limit access to education. An estimated 1.75 million school-aged children inside Syria and more than 40 per cent of Syrian refugee children remain out-of-school. More than a third of the country’s schools are either damaged, destroyed, used as shelters or occupied by armed groups. Learning environments are unsafe and reports of attacks on schools are common. 


What we do

War Child has been actively responding to the Syrian crisis 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 support the urgent needs of displaced Syrian children through our education and child protection programmes.

The aim of our Syrian Response is to ensure 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. 


Our projects

Can’t Wait To Learn

Global programme to provide conflict-affected children with quality education - no matter where they live. The programme sees children play curriculum-based educational games on tablets to learn in an effective and fun way. In Jordan the programme is currently being trialled to respond to the urgent education needs of Syrian refugees and vulnerable children from host communities.

Back to the Future

Major consortium-led education initiative for refugee children affected by the crisis in Syria. The project ensures Syrian refugee children in Lebanon and Jordan can access education and vital psychosocial support. 

Time to Be a Child

Project to set up a network of Safe Spaces across Lebanon where vulnerable Syrian refugee children can play, learn and develop in peaceful environments.

Child Friendly Space

Recreational activities delivered in the UNHCR refugee registration centre in Lebanon. These activities enable child refugees to cope with the effects of their displacement and help make the waiting period during registration less stressful for both parents and children.

Strengthening Protection and Resilience

This programme is designed to actively engage communities to enhance protection and build the resilience of both children and caregivers within refugee and host communities.

Voices of children

Struggle to Survive Habib fled the violence in Syria together with his parents when he was just 12 years old. “I was riding my bike when armed men rushed into my street,” he remembers. “They dragged people out of their houses and then shot them.”

A rocket attack wiped out his family’s home - and wreckage of the explosion hit Habib’s head. He was thrown over by the impact of it but survived the explosion.

“I lost consciousness,” Habib explains. “When I woke up again, I didn’t feel any physical pain. It was my heart that was in pain because of what I saw around me. There were dead people on the ground, everywhere. Two of my friends were killed.”

Habib now lives with his family in Lebanon. He wants to go to school because he loves to learn but his family doesn’t the money. Habib sells things in the street - because it’s the only way he may make a little money to keep the family alive.

War Child helps children like Habib. In our Safe Spaces we deliver catch-up education for children who have not been able to attend school. We provide psychosocial support and protection to enable children to build their resilience and develop a more positive attitude towards the future.

“I was riding my bike when armed men rushed into my street”