Eight years into the war, the scale of humanitarian needs across Syria remains overwhelming as 11.7 million people are in need of assistance.
In Syria, 6.2 million people are internally displaced. 2.1 million children are out of school, and widespread destruction of civil registries has reduced access to necessary identity documents.
2018 witnessed significant shifts in territorial control. A majority of displaced people are now reliant on Damascus-based responders for assistance. Many families are living in damaged buildings with reduced access to basic services. The north continues to face instability and growing humanitarian needs. Renewed violence in Idlib has triggered new displacement; the response requires additional support from the international community.
NRC acknowledges that many parts of Syria are now witnessing reduced levels of violence and that most people seek to eventually return and rebuild their lives. Yet, many of the prevailing conditions which caused people to flee persist. The international community can play a role in ensuring those conditions are adequately met.
People we helped in Syria in 2019
NRC meets the needs of those affected by conflict including the internally displaced, refugees, their hosts and those who have returned. Amidst intense conflict, economic hardship and access constraints, we work to provide emergency, transitional and longer-term assistance to people in need.
We lead advocacy to promote unimpeded and sustained access to assistance for people across Syria. We advocate against, and work to prevent, unsafe and premature returns to and within Syria, and call for increased humanitarian funding to alleviate the hardships of the Syrian people.
Our teams ensure education for children and youth is prioritised, even in the most difficult circumstances. We work alongside communities to:
- create opportunities for children to reconnect with learning through formal education pathways and self-learning initiatives
- offer emergency education recreation and psychosocial activities
- support the professional development of teachers
- provide skills training for Syrian youth
Information, counselling and legal assistance (ICLA)
Our ICLA teams:
- deliver information on issues of civil documentation, employment law and legal identity
- provide training on legal issues to peer humanitarian organisations
- support shelter/WASH responders regarding housing, land and property issues
Currently NRC is in dialogue with the Syrian Government regarding the implementation of its legal aid programming.
Livelihoods and food security
Many families struggle to gain a reliable income to meet their most basic needs. We strengthen resilience by:
- enhancing local food systems and income-generation
- supporting access to food by improving food processing and production
Shelter and settlements
NRC supports the most vulnerable including those displaced and those who stayed behind. We:
- deliver emergency assistance including tents, blankets and household items
- create welcoming learning spaces through rehabilitation of classrooms and provision of quality furniture
- rehabilitate damaged and sub-standard private housing
Water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) promotion
Our WASH teams:
- distribute hygiene kits, which include soap, washing powder and sanitary items
- provide and upgrade water and sanitation facilities
- encourage hygiene promotion and community cleaning efforts
- Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (NFMA)
- European Union (DG ECHO, DG NEAR)
- Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA)
- Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC)
- USAID's Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA)
- Norwegian National Telethon
About NRC in Syria
Syria: aid agencies raise alarm over veto on cross-border aid
In a joint statement, the International Rescue Committee, World Vision International, Humanity and Inclusion, Norwegian Refugee Council, Mercy Corps, People in Need and CARE International raise the alarm over the veto on cross-border aid into Syria: