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.
The IOCC’s work will reach more than 100,000 people across Syria.
Find out more about the IOCC's work in the video at the bottom of this page.
The civil war raging in Syria 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.
The situation continues to worsen, with the numbers of people needing help growing each day and outstripping the resources of aid agencies working to help.
More than 6 million people are now displaced within the Syrian war zone and more than 2 million refugees are hosted by nearby countries. In total, more than 9 million people inside Syria itself need urgent humanitarian assistance.
The UN says that more than half of those in refugee camps are children. All of them need urgent help with food, water, shelter and more. The situation is likely to get worse as the war enters its third year.
Thankfully Syria's chemical weapons are being systematically destroyed, but the cold of winter is setting in and polio has been confirmed in at least 10 children so far. They are the first cases of polio in Syria for more than 14 years, and plans for a massive vaccination program will be hampered by the ongoing fighting. Before the fighting started, 95 per cent of Syria's children were immunised against polio. It is now estimated that 500,000 children have missed out on vaccinations.
You can help our partners through the ACT Alliance reach 650,000 people inside Syria and in refugee camps in Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey by donating to our Syria in Crisis Appeal now.
ACT Alliance members have been responding since the crisis began, helping families inside Syria as well as refugees and host communities in Lebanon and Jordan. As the crisis grew larger, so did our partners’ programs. Your donation to the Syria in Crisis Appeal will help them to continue this urgent work.
In particular, funds donated through Anglican Overseas Aid will be directed to International Orthodox Christian Charities for their work with families in crisis throughout Syria itself.
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.
The IOCC’s work will reach more than 100,000 people across Syria, including in some of the most severely affected areas.
This page was last updated on November 7, 2013. The situation in Syria is constantly changing, as are the numbers of people affected. The video below from our partner, International Orthodox Christian Charities, reflects the situation in May 2013. It has grown markedly worse since then.
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