Read caption NRC teams at the Adra IDP Centre in Damascus responding to the massive influx of IDPs from Eastern Ghouta. The influx was sudden, with high numbers of children, together with women, men, youth and elderly persons. Photo: NRC

NRC in Syria

NRC is one of only a few agencies operating across all of Syria. Against a backdrop of intense conflict, we work to provide emergency, transitional and longer-term assistance to people in need.

Fact sheets

A total of


people in need received our assistance in 2017.

Humanitarian overview

Eight years into the war, the scale of humanitarian needs across Syria remains overwhelming, with 13.1 million people in need of humanitarian assistance.

In Syria, 6.6 million people are displaced, often having faced multiple displacements, 2.1 million children are currently out of school, and more than one in three schools are either damaged or destroyed. Widespread destruction of civil registries across the country have reduced access to civil documentation.

Around 6.4 million people in Syria are food insecure. Food prices are eight times higher than before the war broke out, and many people struggle to pay for basic goods. Meanwhile, displacement has led to over-crowding and rising rents. Over one million people live in shelters of last resort' such as schools, public buildings, mosques, camps or makeshift accommodation.

Around 6.5 million Syrians have sought refuge around the world, most of them in neighbouring countries. Very few have dared to return to Syria. Without a political solution, Syrians continue to bear the brunt of ongoing hostilities.

People we helped in Syria in 2017

people benefited from our education programme
people benefited from our food security programme
people benefited from our shelter programme
people benefited from our ICLA programme
people benefited from our WASH programme

NRC's operation

NRC is one of only a few agencies operating across all of Syria. Against a backdrop of intense conflict, we work to provide emergency, transitional and longer-term assistance to people in need.

We lead advocacy efforts to promote unimpeded and sustained access to humanitarian assistance for people in Syria. We advocate against, and work to prevent, unsafe and premature returns to and within Syria, and advocate for increased humanitarian funding to alleviate the hardships of the Syrian people.


NRC EducationEducation

Our teams ensure education is prioritised, even in the most difficult circumstances. We work alongside communities to:

  • rehabilitate learning spaces and build makeshift schools
  • create opportunities for children to return to school or access education through self-learning initiatives
  • distribute teaching and student learning materials
  • provide skills training for Syrian youth

NRC Information, counselling and legal assistance (ICLA)Information, counselling and legal assistance (ICLA)

Our team:

  • provide information and legal counselling services on issues related to civil documentation 
  • provide information on the services available in the concerned areas of displacement
  • offer information and legal assistance regarding housing, land and property rights


NRC Livelihoods and food securityLivelihoods and food security

Many families struggle to gain a reliable income to meet their most basic needs. We:

  • provide emergency food rations
  • work to strengthen food production and income generating opportunities


NRC Shelter and settlementsShelter and settlements

NRC supports both newly displaced people and people living in camps or informal settlements. We:

  • deliver emergency assistance including tents, blankets and household items
  • provide shelter upgrades and communal lighting, site improvements, walkways and drainage
  • rehabilitate damaged and sub-standard housing

NRC Water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH)Water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) promotion

Our WASH teams:

  • distribute hygiene kits, which include soap, washing powder and sanitary items
  • provide and upgrade temporary water and sanitation facilities in emergencies
  • support waste management in camps and informal settlements
  • rehabilitate and install essential water and sanitation facilities at the community level
​NRC Syria is grateful for the generous support from our donors:


  •  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 (country)

International Staff
Areas of operation
Syrian Arab Republic
Budget 2018
USD 40 million
National staff


Country Director

Angelita Caredda