The Syrian Arab Republic is a country with about 17.5 million people.
Since 2011, and as a result of the prolonged war, approximately 11.7 million Syrians have been forced to flee their homes.
In February 2023, multiple earthquakes caused thousands of deaths and injuries. They left many families without a home and livelihood. An estimated 15.5 million Syrians were in need of humanitarian assistance.
SOS Children’s Villages has been supporting children and young people without parental care, or at risk of losing it, in Syria since 1981.
Many children in Syria can’t remember a time when they have lived in peace. War is all they know.
They live in fear of violence, landmines and other dangerous remains of the war. In their daily lives, they are dealing with the physical and psychological effects of the conflict.
Around 1 in 3 children show signs of psychological distress, including anxiety, sadness or trouble sleeping.
The long war in Syria has destroyed much of its wealth, infrastructure and workforce.
Around 80% of people are living in poverty in Syria. This means that many people live on less than $1, 90 a day. Families struggle to fulfil the most basic needs like health, education, and access to water and sanitation.
Children who grow up in poverty often don’t have the food, sanitation, shelter, health care or education they need to not just survive, but also thrive.
The Syrian war has resulted in one of the most serious educational crises in recent history. Educational facilities are overburdened, and many schools are unable to function because they have been destroyed, damaged, or are being used for different purposes, like housing people who are displaced by the conflict.
Getting a good education is more than just being able to read and write. It can enable people to participate fully in society and contributes to improving their livelihoods.