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Syria Crisis Appeal

Over 13 million people are in desperate need of medical care, shelter and food.

Your donations will help them get the essentials they need to survive.

For seven years we have seen gruesome and heartbreaking images of a country decimated by brutal war. People doing their best to survive.

It’s estimated that close to 500,000 people have been killed. Eight million Syrians are internally displaced and over 5 million refugees have fled the country in search of safety. More than four  million people are currently living in besieged areas, running short of food, medicines and essential everyday items.

Red Cross Red Crescent is providing life-saving support to around 4.5 million people every month inside Syria, as well as helping thousands of Syrian refugees in Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey.

Australian Red Cross is supporting the provision of urgently needed relief supplies, including hygiene kits, food parcels and essential items to keep people warm over the winter months, as well as medicines and cash assistance. With your help, our Red Crescent colleagues can also offer psychological first aid and emotional support to people who have lived through trauma.

How are donation funds from the Syria Crisis Appeal used?

  • Life-saving medical aid to people unable to access healthcare.

  • Emergency health care, first-aid and vaccinations.

  • Emergency food parcels; Hygiene kits; Blankets and other essentials.

  • Cash grants.

  • Safe drinking water.

Syrian crisis - your questions answered

Australian Red Cross ensures that at least 90% of funds raised for an international appeal are spent directly on our emergency response programs. Our appeal and administration costs vary depending upon the type and scale of activity, but do not exceed 10% of funds raised.  Up to 10% is deducted and used for indirect administration and appeal fundraising costs to support our important work: e.g. office facilities, staff, and IT services. Fundraising costs include donor call centres, receipting and website.

In the unlikely event that funds raised exceed the amount required to meet the emergency needs of people in affected areas or if there are changes in circumstances beyond Red Cross's control that limit our ability to use funds in the affected areas, Australian Red Cross will direct excess funds to help people in other emergency situations abroad. Any interest earned on donations will be invested back into the appeal.