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Families have lived through seven years of conflict. They need medical care, shelter and food to keep going.

Your donations will help them.

We’ve heard the figures before. Hundreds of thousands killed, millions displaced, 13 million people needing aid to survive.

But behind these figures are stories of survival that your help made possible.

Aid deliveries of food and medicine to families trapped in besieged areas. Mobile medical clinics that treat wounds and everyday illnesses. Parents able to give their kids a warm place to sleep at night, with blankets and winter clothing. Hygiene items that help women and girls protect their dignity.

Families restarting their lives, both inside Syria and neighbouring countries through cash grants, livestock, seeds and job skills training. Men, women and children given a listening ear and someone to talk to, to help them survive trauma.

This conflict is far from over. But with your help, people can endure it.

No crisis is too big to ignore

Help Syria's families survive

How are donation funds from the Syria Crisis Appeal used?

In 2017 donations provided;

  • 300,000 people with life-saving medical aid through 15 static clinics, 11 mobile health units and 10 health points

  • 380,000 people with food

  • 700,093 people with emergency aid items such as kitchen sets, hygiene kits, mattresses, blankets and shelter items

  • 6,666 families with agricultural support, seeds, tools and livestock

  • Psychosocial support for those who have experienced trauma

About the Syria Crisis Appeal

There are 13.5 million people in need: nearly 9 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, and more than 75 per cent of Syrians live in poverty. The situation in Syria is considered the largest humanitarian crisis since World War Two and more than 4.2 million people have fled the country.

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.