Relief Efforts in Syria
CARE has been operating in this region for decades but our work in Syria grew significantly over the last 10 years since the beginning of the modern Syria crisis. CARE began operating in Syria in 2013 to provide life-saving emergency assistance to people affected by the ongoing conflict. CARE responds to the crisis inside Syria through a network of local partners. CARE’s response in Syria includes support for food security and the re-establishment of livelihoods options. We are helping provide reproductive, primary care and maternal health, as well as shelter, clean water, and proper sanitation, mainly by distributing relief supplies and multi-purpose cash vouchers for food as well as hygiene and baby kits, dignity kits for the elderly, and sanitary products which at times of emergency are among the most important items people need to carry on daily activities such as cooking, carrying water, or washing their hands.
Where possible, CARE helps rebuild livelihoods, developing resilience programs and providing families with early recovery support, including agricultural production, livestock programs, cash for work, microfinance, and concerted protection programming, including for gender-based violence, case management, and psychosocial programming.
The Syrian crisis has been ongoing for more than a decade, and CARE remains gravely concerned about the impact of the conflict on civilians, who continue to pay a heavy price. On average, over 150 Syrians are killed on a daily basis. Civilians are targeted, displaced and are living in dire conditions in besieged areas with grave humanitarian needs. The Syrian conflict has triggered the largest displacement crisis in the world with 6.2 million internally displaced and 5.6 million Syrians in neighboring countries such as Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt, Turkey, or Iraq.