The worst humanitarian emergency of our time
The humanitarian response to the Syrian crisis has been operating half empty for years. There has simply not been enough funding.
The aid community has called for increased food aid – their pleas went unanswered and Syrian families went hungry. What we’ve seen in the past year is Syrians reaching their tipping point. They’re giving up hope – they will no longer stand by as their children starve. We have simply not done enough to help the people who are looking to save their lives, who are trying to grasp the last shreds of hope for peace.
In Syria, we remain committed to the most marginalized in society who have lost everything, but who are trying so valiantly to regain control of their lives. We’ll walk with them, every step of the way.
Registered Syrian refugees in Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Egypt
Number of internally displaced people inside Syria
Percentage of these registered refugees who are living in refugee camps
Creating Safe Environments
The UN estimates that there are a staggering 12 million people in need of humanitarian assistance in Syria. Half of all Syrians have fled their homes – some have crossed the border into other countries, but most remain inside Syria. 7.6 million of them, in fact. And, those who remain face massive food insecurity, the constant threat of conflict, and collapsing infrastructure - 2.6 million Syrian children are out of school and many Syrians are struggling to find ways to provide for their families. This is one of the catastrophic disasters of our time.
ARC is 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 citizen humanitarians are former doctors, lawyers, shopkeepers, and businesspeople, all who have dedicated their lives to saving the lives of others. These efforts, these people, desperately need support.
Since 2013, ARC has provided water, sanitation, and hygiene infrastructure in collective shelters, protection support for women and girls facing violence, and distribution of much-needed emergency items for people who have fled their homes but are still inside Syria. But there is still much to be done.
As the geo-political implications of this crisis continue to reverberate around the world, one thing remains clear for us – we need to help families who are facing the realities of war every single day.
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Aleppo, Damascus, Hama and Homs Governorates
160,000 people helped
Shelter, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, Protection