People Served: More than 32,000 Displaced Syrians
Since 2011, half of all Syrians have fled their homes. Over the past four years, more and more people are finding themselves living with host families or in overcrowded collective shelters within the country. The vast majority of Syrians, 7.6 million of them, are still inside Syria. They face a lack of infrastructure and things like clean water and sanitation in the shelters. One of the most alarming trends is the increased risk of violence against women and forced early marriage that has occurred as the conflict continues. Since 2013, we, in partnership with local Syrian organizations, have provided critical protection, water, sanitation, and hygiene services. And we've helped to build safe conditions for those living in collective shelters in Syria. The situation is grave, but with our partners we're doing all we can to restore safety and dignity to those who need it most.
We are working alongside truly heroic Syrians – regular people who have risen to the challenge to provide critical humanitarian aid to their neighbors at great personal risk. These efforts, these people, desperately need support.
Children are the key to a future peaceful Syria, but years of war in their country have left many out of school and in exploitative situations. We work to prevent a lost generation by treating kids like kids again. We encourage creativity and social development by using games, songs, storytelling, and sports to boost confidence and provide an outlet for play. Survivors of child labor and school dropouts are mentored by our staff, increasing a sense of belonging and providing positive adult role models. We also prioritize well-being among all collective shelter residents, realizing that torn communities and shattered social structures can have a tragic effect on everyone. Case management services help survivors of violence get the resources they need, providing guidance and life-saving care for the most urgent of cases.
The importance of hygiene, access to clean water, and sanitation infrastructure in the prevention of infectious diseases is clear. With people in Syria living in overcrowded and ever-growing shelters, the threat of an outbreak is on everyone’s minds.
We work to prevent such an outbreak by providing access to basic services in the shelters. Power shortages and damage to water and sewage pipe systems are the main barriers to a reliable water supply. We help to keep water systems and latrines working: we replace broken taps, vales, pipes, fittings, and repairs leaks, water heaters, and water tanks. We do all we can to ensure that clean, safe water is getting to communities.
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