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Where We Work : Syrian Arab Republic

Country Profile

Population 21,898,000
Human Development Rank 116/187
GNI per Capita US$2101
Infant Mortality (per 1000 live births) 13/1000
Life Expectancy 76
Literacy Rate 83%

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The conflict in Syria has been going on since the Arab Spring uprisings of 2011. The conflict is now in its sixth year, with no end in sight. The situation has deteriorated into a humanitarian crisis on a global scale, has spilled into neighbouring countries and even European ones, and has become a threat to international stability, due to its complex social, political, economic and religious dimensions.

Tearfund Ireland has been working through local partners with the aim of meeting the humanitarian needs of people affected by the conflict in Syria. Focus has been on: food assistance though cash, food parcels or vouchers; provision of essential non-food items (NFIs) such as cooking utensils, bedding, hygiene kits, blankets and heaters; formal and non-formal education as well as Child Friendly Spaces (CFSs); physical, mental, psychosocial and trauma care services; and support for housing as large numbers of refugees reside in urban areas, rather than camps.

Neighbouring countries are struggling to cope. There are 2.1 million Syrians registered by UNHCR in Egypt, Iraq, Jordan and Lebanon, 2.7 million Syrians registered by the Government of Turkey, as well as more than 29,000 Syrian refugees registered in North Africa.

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KEY OUTCOMESSYRIA

  • 8,000 individuals have received emergency food supplies.
  • 2,610 people have received winter survival kits – blankets, heating stoves, and cash for fuel.
  • 146 young Syrian Christian leaders received training.

KEY OUTCOMESLEBANON

  • 490 Syrian refugee families (about eight people per family) received monthly food and hygiene supplies.
  • 300 Syrian refugee children have received primary education

KEY OUTCOMESJORDAN

  • 10,950 people have received winter supplies including blankets, stoves and food vouchers.
  • 10,064 people benefited from legal awareness workshops, helping them learn about their rights, rental law and other issues.
  • 3,300 beneficiaries received food aid and 2,680 received food aid and hygiene distributions.
  • 757 individuals from 100 families received assistance with rental costs.
  • Two kindergartens were set up, delivering pre-school education and trauma care for 300 Syrian refugees.
  • 800 women have benefited from trauma care sessions to help them deal with their distressing experiences.