Syria

IOCC is responding to the recent crisis in Syria by providing aid to people who have been displaced by civil war.

One of the Worst Humanitarian Crises in History

The Syrian conflict has created the largest displacement of people in the world since WWII, with millions seeking refuge across the Middle East, Europe and the Americas.

Your donations are helping IOCC’s team in Syria deliver clean water, food and lifesaving medical treatments.

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The Human Toll

SINCE CONFLICT BEGAN IN 2011

  • Over 4.8 million Syrians have sought refuge in other countries.
  • Over 6.3 million Syrians are internally displaced in Syria.
  • Over 13.5 million Syrians are in need of humanitarian relief.
  • Over 85% of those remaining in Syria live in poverty, with 69% living under $2 a day
  • 1.75 million children in Syria are out of school.

Terror and indiscriminate violence have devastated the Syrian landscape, destroying homes, schools, hospitals, public buildings, businesses, roads, and utility systems. Fighting forces are blocking civilian access to food, water and much needed health services. Temporary shelters have sprung up to accommodate displaced families. The nature of these conditions present public health challenges and issues with basic sanitation.

Syria’s children are especially at risk of dehydration, diarrhea and waterborne diseases from unsafe water sources.

Helping People on Syrian Soil

Emergency Aid

Thanks to you, we are delivering essential supplies for Syrians who lack basic essentials for living, including:

  • basic food supplies
  • clean water
  • cooking equipment
  • baby supplies, including diapers
  • dignity kits for women
  • clothing and shoes
  • mattresses and bedding
Shelter

Donors like you make it possible for IOCC to give families who have been displaced by the conflict a decent place to call home by:

  • repairing and renovating temporary shelters and apartments
  • providing assistance to keep families from being further displaced by a lack of jobs and the financial resources to find adequate housing
Healthcare

Vital healthcare services for Syrians are often inaccessible or are not affordable. Your support is making a difference by providing:

  • Medical supplies for hospitals in the Syrian cities of Hama, Hasakeh, Aleppo, Damascus, Dara’a, Lattakia, Swaida and Tartous
  • Hospital Equipment for essential services, including minor surgical procedures
  • Support for emergency surgeries and safe deliveries of newborn babies
Psychological Support

War victims attend workshops on stress management and learn to rebuild their confidence and self-esteem. Art and music therapy help traumatized children express their feelings and cope with nightmares caused by the constant violence.

Education

IOCC is providing educational support and repairing schools to help children stay on track with their learning -- despite the fact that any have been uprooted from their homes, many multiple times.

  • More than 40,000 school kits and hygiene kits have been given to Syrian children at schools in Damascus.
  • Your donations are also providing school uniforms and rehabilitating damaged schools to help children return to class, while also providing incomes for those who are sewing the uniforms and doing construction work.
Water and Sanitation

IOCC is repairing wells and water systems that are improving access to safe water; and in some locations drilling additional water wells. We are also responding by:

  • installing storage tanks and water filters
  • renovating and installing sanitation facilities
  • conducting awareness sessions on good hygiene practices.
  • providing personal hygiene kits
Cash-for-Work

IOCC’s Cash-for-Work programs in Syria provide incomes to people to do short-term jobs that benefit the community, such as sewing winter clothes and school uniforms for children, and cleaning up parks and other recreational spaces for community use.

Support for Neighboring Countries

Many Syrians have fled to neighboring countries where they continue to face serious challenges. Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, Armenia, Greece and Serbia are now home to thousands of Syrian refugees. Find out more about their plight and how you're making a difference.

More Ways You Can Help the People of Syria

Want to know more about how you can help the children and families in Syria? The best way to help is to send in donations, which gives IOCC flexibility in its response to meet the Syrian people’s most pressing needs. In addition, many parishes assemble emergency kits, which serves those in need around the world.