The Syrian refugee crisis has been ongoing for five and a half years. Children and their families have been forced to flee from conflict in Syria, many displaced across the border in settlements and camps in Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey and the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI).
The displacement of children and their families necessitates the provision of regional aid over humanitarian assistance provided only within Syrian borders.
Since September last year, the relief efforts had to expand to distributing emergency aid to refugees crossing the Western Balkans. This was in addition to ongoing efforts to provide support through healthcare, food vouchers and clean water supplies to refugee families in settlements across host countries in the region. With your help, World Vision reached close to 825,000 beneficiaries in Syria, Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan and Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI) in June 2016.
 May include double or triple counts as interventions are multilateral and across the region
With your help, World Vision reached out to children of the Syrian Crisis through:
- Distribution of food e-cards in partnership with World Food Programm, benefiting more than 100,000 beneficiaries
- Provision of nutritious snacks to children in schools in Jordan
- Development of infrastructure, e.g. drainage and water supply systems, toilets, showers and water tanks in various refugee settlements to reduce the risk of hygiene or sanitation-related problems
- Rehabilitation of water stations to provide access to sufficient water
- Implementation of water, sanitation and hygiene programmes to reduce the risk of hygiene-related diseases
- Distribution of hygiene kits and promotion of hygiene in schools
- Distribution of baby and infant kits to children of displaced families to ensure that children receive care
- Establishment and facilitation of Child-Friendly Spaces to provide psychological support and encourage child participation
- Provision of access to schools through partnerships to reduce the percentage of out-of-school children
- Supporting children’s literacy through mobile libraries
- Provision of health consultations to children
- Provision of primary healthcare through the supply of medical kits, benefiting more than 16,882 people
- Initiation of family health programmes and establishment of clinics in the to deliver essential consultations
- Opening of Women and Young Children Spaces to promote breastfeeding and quality childcare practices
WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?
Even with the achievements in the past year, we remain cognizant of persistent needs. There are still many children and families who are waiting for assistance. Despite the increase in global awareness of the needs amongst refugees and displaced families, support for all children caught in the crisis is still inadequate. Help us to continue our work this year.
World Vision aims to reach 2 million children and adults by 2017. We aim to:
- Expand our support to communities inside Syria, focusing on reaching those in isolated and underserved areas
- Expand into Turkey to help the Syrian refugees there, focusing on basic service provision to vulnerable groups
- Continue to build partnerships with Syrian and local NGOs, communities, governments and the UN, as well as with the private sector
- Continue to focus on the needs of children and youth
Featured Story: Radwan
Radwan lives in Jordan with his mother and siblings. His father was killed when he returned to look for work in their home country, Syria. Radwan’s diabetic mother is desperately in need of medication.
The twelve-year-old works long hours at a construction site to put meals on the table, and pay the rent on their small apartment. It is an arduous job that involves lifting heavy cement blocks. Radwan has not been to school in four years.
“There is no choice. I must bring in the money. This is the only way”
He is now enrolled in World Vision’s remedial education programme in Jordan. However, this is simply a temporary ‘catch-up’ alternative for school. Radwan’s days are spent at work, school and caring for his family. “I am always tired. I wish to have a normal life without problems. He wants to be a child.
To help children like Radwan preserve their childhood, World Vision runs a No Lost Generation Programme in schools throughout Jordan, in addition to its remedial education programmes.
A: There is still a desperate need for food, warm clothes, water, sanitation and hygiene in the various refugee shelters in and around Syria. The conflict’s long-drawn nature has rendered redevelopment and rehabilitation efforts vital to securing a better future for affected individuals. World Vision aims to meet the needs of children and youth through reintegrating them into society, re-enrolment into schools, and offering psychosocial support to affected children. Your partnership will contribute towards children’s sociocultural, psychosocial and physiological development.
A:To reverse the economic cost of conflict on Syria and the region, a large-scale reconstruction and long-term investment plan is required. However, in the short term, refugee host countries must fulfil recent commitments to enable local workers and refugees to access better opportunities in the formal economy and labour markets. In the long term, the social and physical infrastructure of Syria and of the region must be restored in order to lay a foundation upon which the future generation can rebuild.This is why World Vision’s current interventions in ensuring that Syrian children are educated and protected and Syrian families receive as much support as possible in terms of employment and health are so crucial. These will lead to a ready future generation to rebuild Syria as a peaceful society.
A: Our partnership with stakeholders in the region prevents the wasteful duplication of resources. Furthermore, World Vision’s presence in the region, even before the onset of the crisis, has allowed for a more comprehensive understanding of the local context. Dedicated local staff across the affected countries continue to contribute significantly towards World Vision’s impact in the region.
Under its One Syria Response Strategy, World Vision aims to reach 2 million children and adults by 2017, especially those in isolated and underserved areas. In addition to expanding its support into areas around Syria, the project also targets children’s well-being and protection from diseases and infections. Your partnership with World Vision will help us to provide these basic services to vulnerable groups, including women, youth and children.