Syria

Working With Children in Syria

The Syrian crisis, now in its sixth year, is responsible for the highest number of refugees in the world and the second highest number of internally displaced people. Some 250-450,000 people have been killed, among them up to 19,000 children. Approximately 11 million people have been forced from their homes.

Children in Syria face challenges no child should have to face—missing out on school, working as child laborers and early marriage. As an active war zone, it is a difficult context to work in and our operations must be highly mobile due to the risks faced by aid workers. Thanks to the support of generous Canadians and the Government of Canada, we run programs that provide Syrians with emergency supplies, access to water and sanitation and essential health care for mothers and children.

Your impact in Syria

Together, we’re making real change in the lives of children, families and communities. Just some of what was achieved with Canadian support in 2016:

Boys and girls are safe and valued, well cared-for by their families and participating in their communities as agents of transformation


  • 5,720 people learned about child rights and protection issues, helping ensure children's safety and participation
  • 5 water sources are providing access to safe water and protecting children and families against waterborne diseases
  • 71,374 individuals including children have safe water for drinking and cooking thanks to new or repaired water sources
  • 39,000 people including children are benefitting from latrines and have better access to sanitation
  • 2 latrines in the community are providing improved access to sanitation for children and families

Children and families are well nourished, protected from infection and disease and have access to essential health services.

 
  • 752 women delivered their babies safely, with the help of a skilled birth attendant
  • 5,631 women were counselled on how to properly care for themselves and their babies during and after pregnancy
  • 61 health workers and volunteers were trained to provide quality health services, especially for women and children in Syria
  • 3,469 parents and caregivers learned how to provide proper nutrition to their children and protect them from diseases

Children and families receive essential supplies to help them survive and begin recovery in emergencies.


  • 19,711 people received daily essentials like shelter, cooking sets and hygiene kits, protecting families during emergencies
  • 8,438 people impacted by disaster or displacement received counselling to help them cope with trauma and stress
  • 18 child friendly spaces met the unique needs of children in emergencies, while providing safety and psychosocial support

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