Donations will support the work of International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC).
The IOCC is one of the few organisations working inside Syria to bring urgent aid to vulnerable people in some of the most volatile areas. Since 2012, the IOCC has helped more than 2.5 million vulnerable people inside Syria.
The civil war raging in Syria, now entering its fifth year, has caused one of the largest humanitarian crises the world has ever known, and the UN says that the response is the largest humanitarian operation in history.
More people are in need of assistance than after the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami.
Syria has a population of 22 million people – just like Australia.
More than 7.6 million people are now displaced within the Syrian war zone and more than 4 million refugees are hosted by nearby countries. In total, more than 12 million people inside Syria itself need urgent humanitarian assistance.
Due to the ongoing civil war, most agencies are unable to reach these people, and instead are assisting refugees outside Syria.
Our ACT Alliance partner, International Orthodox Christian Charities, is one of the very few relief agencies working inside Syria to help some of the millions of people suffering within their own war-torn country. This work is dangerous and difficult, yet they continue each day to provide relief.
The IOCC’s work includes the provision of emergency food and water, hygiene kits, education on disease prevention, hygiene and safe use of water, distribution of water filters, provision of bedding and other physical needs, helping people to cope with the emotional stress of the situation (psychosocial support), helping children to continue their education, and providing cash-for-work opportunities. Families in Syria need this ongoing support as the crisis continues.
For regularly updated information, go to the UN's Syria emergency page.
Anglican Overseas Aid is a member of the global ACT Alliance. The ACT Alliance is a global coalition of more than 140 churches and affiliated organisations working in 140 countries on development and emergency response. Find out more about the ACT Alliance.
Anglican Overseas Aid is also a member of the Australian Council for International Development, the peak body of international aid and development organisations in Australia, and we are a full signatory to the ACFID Code of Conduct. Find out more about ACFID and the Code of Conduct.