The continuing crises in the Middle East call for an urgent response to provide emergency relief to some of the world’s most vulnerable people.


In 2011 widespread protests against the regime of Bashar Al Assad erupted in Syria.

The Assad Government responded with a violent series of crackdowns igniting a destructive civil war. Fighting continues today in places, like Ghouta, with devastating consequences for ordinary men, women and children.

The conflict is now in its eighth year. 6.6 million people have fled their homes and remain displaced in Syria. Another 5.6 million people have left the nation entirely, often with nothing more than the clothes on their back.

One of the major destinations for families fleeing Syria is Lebanon, which now hosts nearly 1 million registered Syrian refugees.

Families who manage to find their way to refugee camps and informal settlements arrive in desperate need of clean water and somewhere safe to take shelter from the freezing cold weather.

Today, your generosity means urgently needed support for Syrian refugee families living in Lebanon… including psychosocial help for young children who have witnessed terrible acts of brutality and have been uprooted from their homes, their schools and their lives.

Your gifts also give children the chance of finding a childhood amidst the violence of war, by helping to fund informal education facilities.

Thank you for giving Syrian refugee children safe places to meet, learn and play.

Updated May 2018; UNOCHA – Syria Crisis, UNOCHA – Lebanon.

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