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Families need your help to start rebuilding their lives

Your donations will help Syrians survive

As the Syria conflict enters its ninth year fighting has reduced and families are starting to return home, but the humanitarian situation remains catastrophic for millions.

In 2012, at the start of the conflict, around one million people were in need of aid in Syria. Today, 11.7 million people need aid in order to survive. Over six million people are internally displaced.

Those who are displaced, host families, recent returnees and residents are struggling to meet their basic needs.

Massive damage to schools, health facilities, bakeries, electricity and water-supply networks has crippled the country. People’s homes have been damaged or destroyed by the conflict. In order to start rebuilding their lives people will need access to essential services such as water, sanitation, health and education. Families will need an opportunity to earn a living, recover from physical and psychological trauma and the opportunity to find missing loved ones.

People who have fled to neighbouring Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq and Turkey also need help to survive, as do the communities who host them.

With your help, we will provide it

Your donations will help Syrian families start to rebuild their lives as well as provide essential aid to those still caught up in the conflict

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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:

  • 2.14 million people received healthcare

  • 8.5 million people received food

  • 2.2 million people received essential aid items such as blankets, mattresses, hygiene kits, winter clothes and school kits

  • Clean water and sanitation was provided to 80% of the population through Syrian Arab Red Crescent

  • 32,000 households received livelihood support

  • Psychosocial support for those who have experienced trauma

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

While the fighting has reduced and some families have returned to their homes the humanitarian situation remains catastrophic for millions. There are 11.7 million people in need: over 6 million have been forced out of their homes to other parts of Syria. Many are still in besieged or hard-to-reach areas. Syria's economy, infrastructure and hospitals have been severely damaged, 4 out of 5 Syrians live in poverty.

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.