World Vision joins other global aid agencies to prevent lost generation of Syrian children
MISSISSAUGA, Ont. (January 7, 2014) – World Vision, UNICEF, UNHCR, Save the Children and other humanitarian agencies are today uniting to urge governments, aid groups and the public to champion the children of Syria by backing a $1 billion “No Lost Generation” aid intervention. The organizations are concerned about the situation facing millions of Syrian children and are calling for donor and public support to fund critical education and protection programs to lift Syrian children out of misery, isolation, and emotional and mental distress.
A major public engagement campaign by the aid agencies is being launched under the hashtag #childrenofsyria, using social media to enlist influential supporters and public contributors in the run up to the three-year anniversary of the conflict in March. World Vision is backing the “No Lost Generation” initiative with its Stand With Me campaign – that spotlights the challenges facing Syrian refugee children.
“Millions of Syrian children are in dire need, out of school, living in extreme vulnerability and we need to stand with them,” says Conny Lenneberg, World Vision’s Regional Leader for the Middle East. “The world needs to do more to ensure we don’t lose a generation of children, with all the terrible long-term implications that could bring.”
“Until recently Syrian children were at school, in their homes and protected. Their world has been turned upside down and now many of them face untold hardships and uncertainty. Without strengthened international support, Syria’s children may never recover,” Lenneberg adds. “It’s critical that we remember the children at the heart of this crisis and refocus our energies by standing with them.”
“My visits to Jordan and Lebanon during the past year have shown me the terrible conditions in which Syrian refugee children and their families are forced to live,” says Dave Toycen, president and CEO of World Vision Canada. “With winter snow and cold temperatures now causing additional problems for these refugees, we have to do everything we can to help those in need and to offer hope to the children of Syria.”
Facts on the Syrian refugee crisis and humanitarian response:
- More than one million Syrian refugees are children, of which more than 425,000 are under age five. Most have fled to Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, Egypt and Iraq. The situation for over three million displaced children inside Syria is also very dire.
- World Vision, UNHCR, UNICEF, Save the Children and other partners across the region plan to channel the $1 billion into aid programs that will, in partnership with governments and local communities, deliver safe education, protection from exploitation, abuse and violence, psychological care and support and offer more opportunities for social cohesion and stability in an already volatile region.
- A special website has been established at www.championthechildrenofsyria.org that tells the stories of children affected by the conflict, and shows how investments in children can deliver important dividends, not just for the current victims of the war but for the longer-term future of Syria and the wider region. Details of World Vision’s Stand With Me campaign in support of the No Lost Generation initiative can be found at: www.wvi.org/syria-crisis
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