Inside Syria, there are 13.5 million people in need of humanitarian assistance and nearly 3 million people are trapped in besieged and hard to reach areas.
People in these areas have little or no way to earn a living and the most basic food items, such as bread and rice, are very difficult to find.
In northern Syria, our partner has provided business training and small business grants in the Idlib Governorate to women and young people to support income-generating enterprises.
In the Eastern Ghouta area of rural Damascus, our local partner operates a food kitchen that cooks basic nutritious meals for vulnerable families in the area, most of whom have been displaced multiple times.
Due to the merciless shelling of the area since late 2017, the kitchen has only been able to work on an occasional basis due to the dangers inherent in living in an area under near-constant aerial bombardment.
- To ensure the protection of all civilians, including humanitarian workers and civil society organisations inside Syria.
- To ensure access to humanitarian support – including food, shelter, education, and medical support.
- To ensure a just peace is negotiated.
- To ensure the safe and voluntary return to homes of those displaced.
- To ensure that all parties involved in the conflict are held accountable to international laws and standards.
Christian Aid (as co-chair of the Syrian NGO Advocacy Working Group) provided the Syria update for Bond’s 2017 State of the World’s Emergencies Report.
This project offered me not only a chance to learn a profession but also introduced me to a fabulous group of women who shared their stories and their suffering. I shared my story with them and together we felt stronger to face life challenges.
- Female beneficiary of the small grants and training project in northern Syria.
In Syria we work on...
With increasing insecurity, violence and displacement, we are continuing to provide humanitarian assistance and food to the most vulnerable populations inside Syria.
We work in besieged areas, where access to food is often severely limited. Our partner provides hot meals daily for vulnerable families.
Throughout the next three years, Christian Aid will work with its partner in several locations in Syria to implement an education and livelihoods project.
The project will provide young Syrians with tools and techniques with which they can start to move past the trauma and loss they have experienced, and to enable them to become active members of their societies.
Christian Aid’s partner in northern Syrian has trained women and young people in small business management, allowing them to subsequently write business proposals, apply and compete for small business grants.
Our aim is to reduce economic vulnerability and enable Syrians to secure a sustainable way to earn a living.
We support conflict-affected vulnerable communities, many of whom have been displaced multiple times, to access livelihoods through training and in-kind grants (for example the free use of facilities). We place a particular focus on women and youth.
Where we work and who we work with
We support partners in Syria, Lebanon and Iraq.
Our team is comprised of individuals with significant programmatic, humanitarian, advocacy and policy expertise.
Thank God for this kitchen, it has helped us a lot, and now we can eat food without the need to reduce our dignity as human beings
- Female beneficiary of the food kitchen in Eastern Ghouta.
Through our partner in northern Syria, we have helped to reduce the vulnerability of 60 women and young people through a rigorous six-month programme, which provided entrepreneurship training.
Following the training, 30 young people and women received a small business start-up grant to enhance their financial autonomy, contribute positively to their communities and to secure sustainable work to provide for themselves and their families.
Our partner in eastern Ghouta has been working in some of the toughest conditions in the conflict to provide hot meals to families in desperate need.
Despite disruptions to this project, in 2017 we were able to provide hot meals to 9,000 people.