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
Jordan, Syria: Jordan's hospitality for hundreds of thousands of Syrians March 27, 2013
Recently I visited Mafraq, a border town that used to have a population of 60,000 people. Over the past 18 months, some 25,000 refugees have sought safety here.
Jordan, Syria: What will the future hold for Syria's young people? March 13, 2013
After seeing her son imprisoned and tortured while trying to escape Syria, one mother wonders what's next for her family now that they are reunited in the Zaatari refugee camp.
Jordan, Syria: Syria refugee crisis becoming ‘unsustainable’ March 6, 2013
A visit to the Syrian refugee registration center in Jordan, which is receiving thousands of families who cross the border each day, highlights the urgent needs in this water-strapped country.
Jordan, Syria: A new home full of warmth and laughter February 11, 2013
Meet one family who finally has protection from freezing temperatures thanks to Mercy Corps' winterization project in northern Jordan.
Lebanon, Syria: Warm coats are a simple source of hope February 7, 2013
Jacket distributions in Lebanon are bringing smiles back to the faces of refugee children.
Lebanon, Syria: New coats for Syrian refugee kids January 23, 2013
Our team distributed more than 1,600 jackets to help Syrian refugee children stay warm through the increasingly cold and wet winter in Lebanon.
Jordan, Syria: Syrian refugees weather harsh winter far from home January 15, 2013
I visited Zaatari refugee camp last week, after winter storms brought further hardship to the more than 50,000 Syrian refugees who now call it home.
Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria: Syria: An ongoing crisis January 14, 2013
Refugee numbers are predicted to double as Syria's violent conflict drags on. We're on the ground in Jordan, Lebanon and Iraq helping meet their most urgent needs for water, warmth and safety.
Lebanon, Syria: Syrian refugees in Lebanon facing bitter winter January 9, 2013
A dramatic spike in refugees, who have fled Syria with what little they can carry in plastic bags, has increased the need for warm clothing, blankets and heaters.
Jordan, Syria: A well of hope at Zaatari refugee camp January 4, 2013
“Everybody here is looking forward to having easier access to clean water,” Elena Buryan, head of Mercy Corps’ emergency response team in Jordan, told me as we walked through Zaatari followed by children.