Working With Children in Syria

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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 the past year:

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

  • 1,434 people learned about child rights and protection issues to help ensure children's safety and participation
  • 189 survivors of violence received support to help them cope with trauma and recover
  • 578 people with disabilities were supported with medical care, accessibility upgrades and equipment
  • 4,603 people impacted by disaster or displacement received psychosocial support to help them cope with trauma and stress

Results achieved from October 2018 to September 2019

Children learn and develop their talents, young people are equipped for the future and families support children's education.

  • 4,583 children received the resources they need to learn including school fees, supplies, books and uniforms

Results achieved from October 2018 to September 2019

Children and families have access to safe water and sanitation facilities, and training in hygiene practices to stay healthy.

  • 55,821 people have safe water for drinking and cooking thanks to improved water sources
  • 2 new or improved water sources are providing access to safe water, protecting children against waterborne diseases
  • 28,536 people learned about the importance of water safety, proper sanitation and hygiene to stay healthy
Results achieved from October 2018 to September 2019

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

  • 12,000 parents and caregivers learned about proper nutrition, common childhood illnesses and how to protect their children's health
  • 8,801 children were screened for malnutrition to ensure they are growing healthy
  • 11 people were counselled on how to properly care for mothers and babies during and after pregnancy
  • 4,803 babies were delivered safely, with the help of a skilled birth attendant
  • 203 health workers were trained to provide quality health services, especially for women and children
Results achieved from October 2018 to September 2019

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