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Syrian families still need your help

Your donation will provide the essentials they need to survive

Red Cross Red Crescent teams are in Syria right now, providing families with essential aid. Every month they reach more than five million people with life-saving assistance.

Please donate today and help the millions of people who still need our support. Your donation can help provide:

  • distribution of food, water and other relief items such as shelter, mattresses, blankets and hygiene kits
  • providing ambulance, first aid services and support to health care and clinics
  • working with our Red Cross Red Crescent partners in neighbouring countries to provide assistance with emergency health, relief and recovery support to displaced people
  • psychosocial support for trauma survivors
  • sending specialist aid workers to assist in assessments, relief and recovery operations.

With your donation, our colleagues at Syrian Arab Red Crescent rebuild infrastructure like health clinics and water systems; support families to find new ways to make a living; and, continue to negotiate access to communities trapped in besieged towns and cities.

Over 11 million people need humanitarian assistance. Of these, five million are in urgent need of life-saving help. Your generous donation can bring hope and help to those who need it most.

Help Syria's families survive

How have donations helped?

Thanks to our donors, Red Cross Red Crescent continues to provide humanitarian assistance to more than five million people across the country every month. In 2019:

  • 900,000 people benefited from Red Cross Red Crescent health care services. 19 hospitals and health points rehabilitated and upgraded

  • 4.7 million people received food

  • 2 million people given essential items such as blankets, mattresses, winter clothes, hygiene kits and school kits

  • 26.5 million people benefitted from water, habitat and sanitation projects. 26 water facilities rehabilitated and upgraded

  • 220,000 people benefitted from food security and livelihoods projects

  • Psychosocial support for those who have experienced trauma.

  • 200,000 people received education and interventions on risks related to mines and explosive remnants of war.

Syria Crisis Appeal

Your donation will help ensure vital supplies like first aid, medical care, food, water and relief reaches people and communities affected by the Syrian crisis. Your support will provide longer term assistance to people displaced by the conflict.

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About the Syria Crisis Appeal

The Syria conflict has ended its ninth year with a surge in fighting across the North-West that has caused one of the worst displacements in the conflict’s history.

Over 900,000 people have been displaced, many of whom are women and children who have been forced to flee multiple times already. Severe winter weather over the past few months has made living conditions dire and created a humanitarian catastrophe.

The scale, severity and complexity of the needs of people across Syria is extensive. Continued fighting in localised, urban areas, constantly shifting frontlines, new and protracted displacements, and the sustained erosion of communities’ resilience from nine years of brutal conflict, has resulted in over 11 million men, women and children requiring humanitarian assistance in order to survive. An estimated five million of them are in urgent need of life-saving help.

Families who were once self-sufficient are now completely reliant on humanitarian assistance. Displaced people, host families, returnees and residents struggle to meet their needs for food, water, health care and other basic services.

The International Red Cross Red Crescent Movement is providing humanitarian assistance to those made vulnerable by conflict and emergencies. Working closely with Syrian Arab Red Crescent, we provide the basic necessities people need to survive: from food and water to medical care and hygiene items.

We are also supporting Syrians who have become refugees in Lebanon, Turkey, Jordan and Iraq, as well as the communities hosting them.

Funds raised and donated will provide humanitarian support to people and communities affected by the Syrian crisis by:

  • providing ambulance and first aid services and support to health care and clinics
  • distribution of food, water and other relief items through Syrian Arab Red Crescent
  • working with our Red Cross Red Crescent partners in neighbouring countries in providing assistance with emergency health, relief and recovery support to displaced people
  • sending specialist aid workers to assist in assessments and relief and recovery operations.

Australian Red Cross will not deduct more than 10% of any Syria donation for an international appeal to cover appeal and administration costs. Should the funds raised exceed the amount required to meet the immediate and longer term needs of the people in the affected areas, Australian Red Cross will direct the excess funds to other emergency response and recovery initiatives in the Middle East. Any interest earned on donations will be invested back into the appeal.

Donations of $2 and over are tax deductible.

We are unable to accept donated goods. As with all emergency appeals, the best and most effective way to help people is by donating cash. The cost of shipping donated items from Australia would far exceed the cost of purchasing them in bulk closer to Syria, from quality suppliers, and packing and delivering them from our Syrian warehouse.

People concerned for the welfare of family and friends in the region, should first attempt to contact them directly. If the person overseas is an Australian citizen, they should call the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade's 24-hour Consular Emergency Centre on 1300 555 135 (for enquirers in Australia) or +612 6261 3305 (for enquirers overseas). For other enquiries, contact our Tracing Service.