Syria Crisis Appeal
War-scarred Syrian families desperately need your support.
The people of Syria need your help more than ever. As the conflict enters its seventh year, the country and its people are in crisis.
The situation is shocking.
Half the Syrian population have had to flee their homes, and more than 4.9 million people are now refugees.
The UN has warned of a 'looming humanitarian catastrophe' as 60,000 people are trapped in besieged towns. Syria needs a sustained ceasefire immediately to stop the killings of innocent civilians and allow people to get the humanitarian aid they so desperately need.
We’re working with our partners in Syria, Lebanon and Iraq, providing support to some of the most vulnerable Syrian refugees.
In Lebanon, our partner Association Najdeh provides aid to Palestinian refugees from Syria, while Mouvement Social ensures refugee children can continue their education, as well as access psychological support to come to terms with their experiences.
Lebanese organisation Kafa - which supports women who have experienced exploitation and domestic violence, or who are at risk - now opens its doors for the most vulnerable female refugees in the Bekka Valley.
In Iraq, Asuda has been giving refugee women legal, social and psychological support.
Rehabilitation, Education and Community Health (REACH) has also provided vocational training to some of the most vulnerable refugee communities living in the Kurdish region of northern Iraq, to help them find a way to make a living.
Within Syria, Christian Aid is supporting partners providing hot meals to people recently displaced by the bombing of towns north east of Damascus.
How can you help?
Donate - give directly to this appeal.
Pray - read prayers and worship resources.
Church collection - contact the Belfast office on 028 9064 8133 or the Dublin office on 01 496 7040.
Your donations are providing:
Cash and vouchers
Tools for work
How we work in an emergency
We're based in countries affected by disasters so we can be there before, during and after an emergency to save lives and support people long term.
Through our work with local organisations in these countries, we can talk directly to the people affected to provide the most useful emergency response.
Find out more about our approach
Stories from Syrian refugees
Six-year-old Hammoudi was born in Damascus with complex physical and mental disabilities. He was given two life-saving operations by the Syrian health service, but his third operation was cancelled when violence overtook the country.
More than one in five refugees suffer from some form of impairment, whether from birth, illness, accident, or a conflict-related injury. Syrian refugees with disabilities often can't get the care they need.
Now – with the help of your donations and the work of our partner, Lebanese Physically Handicapped Union (LPHU), Hammoudi has learned to walk for the first time.
Read Hammoudi's full story
Two-year-old Zainab has only grown to the size of a baby, partly due to her Down’s syndrome but also no doubt because of a lack of access to nutritious food.
She shares a tent with her parents and three older brothers; in the summer it’s an oven, and in the winter if it’s not snowing it’s a mud flood.
Zainab’s parents received little follow-up after her birth, and her Down’s syndrome was not recognised for eight months. But after receiving physiotherapy from our partner LPHU this year, she has been able to sit unsupported for the first time.
Read more of Zainab's story
Layan is a Syrian refugee living in Lebanon. Sadly, like many Syrian women, she's a victim of domestic violence. During times of conflict, women and girls are at greater risk of sexual and domestic violence.
Layan now regularly visits Kafa, a Lebanese organisation that supports women who have experienced, or are at risk of violence.
She said: 'Kafa helped me to get out of the awful situation I was in. I feel that there are people who care and worry about me.'
Kafa successfully helped to lobby the Lebanese government to pass a law criminalising domestic violence. The law also applies to Syrian refugees.
Read Layan's full story
Related news and blogs
Blog: Dear Syria conference delegates
Christian Aid’s Head of Middle East Region Frances Guy appeals to world leaders and other delegates attending the 2016 Syria Donors Conference. (Links to christianaid.org.uk)
Blog: Refugees face impossible choices
Louise Finan, Advocacy Officer for Syria and Iraq, talks about the situation for refugees who've fled conflict in Syria and Iraq and the need for the international community to act now to find political solutions in these countries. (Links to christianaid.org.uk)
Blog: Spare a thought for the brave Syrians
Don’t forget those who cannot escape the war-torn country, says Frances Guy, our Head of Middle East. (Links to christianaid.org.uk)
Blog: Through Syrian eyes
Working with refugee children in Lebanon; using photography classes to help them express their emotions and adjust to new surroundings.
Blog: Refugee children in Syria
Read an engaging account of Amy Merone's visit to an alternative education centre in Beirut that's helping Lebanese and Syrian children.