Support Syrian families who’ve been displaced by ongoing conflict. Meet immediate needs for food, water and shelter while focusing especially on the longer-term emotional and developmental needs of traumatized children and adolescents.
Syria's prolonged and increasingly violent civil war has been raging for more than three years. The fighting has killed over 190,000 people and driven more than 10 million people from their homes, creating a desperate humanitarian crisis inside the country and throughout the region.
Not only are basic resources like water and shelter scarce, millions of children have been uprooted from school and any sense of stability. Their future is in question, and the massive displacement is destabilizing the entire region.
- Emergency response: Meeting the urgent needs of nearly two million people both inside Syria and in neighboring countries. Distributing emergency food and supplies, increasing access to clean water and sanitation, improving shelters, and creating safe spaces and activities to help children heal from trauma.
All stories about Syria
Iraq, Syria: Meet Zeena: So much more than a refugee December 17, 2014
What happens when a 25-year-old law student loses her future plans to war? We give Zeena and other Syrian refugees the chance to become leaders in their communities.
Iraq, Syria: Helping families on the run from conflict in Syria and Iraq November 13, 2014
When you don’t know when you can return home, how do you move forward with your life? Cash assistance, rather than handouts, helps displaced families meet their varied needs — and restores some of the dignity they’ve lost.
Lebanon, Syria: In crowded Lebanon, Syrian refugees are forced to shelter in unlikely places November 5, 2014
Lebanon is the smallest country crowded with the largest number of Syrian refugees. We're helping families prepare for winter in the abandoned buildings they've found to call home.
Iraq, Syria: Syrian families from Kobane find safety in Iraq October 28, 2014
After a month of fighting, many families from the besieged Syrian town have journeyed more than 500 miles to Iraq. We're helping newly arrived refugees and preparing displaced families for winter.
Turkey, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria: Quick facts: What you need to know about the Syria crisis August 29, 2014
Three years in, Syria's civil war has fueled a massive exodus. See the staggering statistics and learn the facts behind the figures.
Jordan, Syria: Syrian wrestling champion brings hope to refugee youth July 29, 2014
Mohammed Al Karad spent more than a decade as a star Syrian athlete. Now a refugee at Za'atari, he's channeling his past to be a positive role model for young Syrian refugees at Mercy Corps' Youth Center.
Turkey, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria: Voices of Syria's youth: What it's like to grow up as a refugee June 20, 2014
As part of our new research, we asked youth affected by the Syria crisis to describe their struggles and hopes. See their art and photos — and learn what we must do to help this generation rebuild.
Lebanon, Syria: Leaving home behind: Young Syrian refugees speak out June 18, 2014
Four young Syrian refugees created videos to share their stories of fleeing home in search of safety and the heartbreaking moments that followed.
Jordan, Syria: Inside Azraq, Jordan's newest refugee camp June 16, 2014
Learn about the new safe haven that was designed to give Syrian refugees a better sense of structure and community amid the uncertain future they face.
Jordan, Lebanon, Syria: New workbooks help Syria's children tell their story June 12, 2014
See the beautiful images by Syrian-born illustrator Lina Safer in our Comfort for Kids workbooks, which help young refugees heal through creative expression and stay connected to their culture.