As governments around the world discuss the escalation of violence in Syria, CARE remains gravely concerned about the impact of the conflict on civilians. We call on all parties for a peaceful political resolution. It is now more urgent than ever that political differences are set aside, and that the plans for the Geneva peace conference are finalised. 100,000 lives have already been lost and millions of people are in need of immediate humanitarian assistance, including more than two million refugees in neighbouring countries such as Jordan and Lebanon. Within Syria a further 4.5 million people have fled their homes.
CARE calls on all parties to ensure the protection of civilians, and to facilitate the delivery of much needed humanitarian assistance.
Syria’s neighboring countries have seen a dramatic increase in refugee numbers. More than two million Syrians have fled their country in search of safety. CARE is particularly concerned about the plight of women and children who make up 75 percent of the number of refugees, and are most vulnerable during crises and displacements.
The crisis is escalating day by day. The needs of Syrian refugees and hosting communities are growing. So is CARE International’s emergency response. But our resources are stretched.
To date, we have secured only about 25 per cent of the US$ 50,000,000 funding that we need for our response. We need your help. Any donation, no matter how small, will help us reach and support those most vulnerable, caught up in the biggest humanitarian crisis of the 21st century. Please donate here.
CARE is working with host country governments, the United Nations, and international and local organizations to help refugees and host communities meet their most urgent needs and protect their dignity. CARE is providing life-saving services to Syrian refugees in Jordan and Lebanon and to people affected by the crisis in Syria. As the conflict escalates, we are also starting activities in Egypt and potentially Yemen to help Syrian refugees there as well. CARE is an impartial and neutral organization. Our support to families affected by the crisis in Syria is based on humanitarian needs alone, no matter which religion, political affiliation or ethnicity people belong to.
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In Jordan: To date, CARE has reached about 110,000 Syrians (22,000 families), providing cash assistance to pay for basic living costs, including rent, food and clothes; essential relief items and vital information on how to access further health care and social support. In addition, CARE has reached over 10,000 people in host communities with emergency relief supplies, including emergency cash, to support their gracious efforts in hosting the growing influx of Syrians desperately seeking safety.
CARE set up a refugee centres in East Amman and Zarqa, where CARE volunteers, who are refugees themselves, assist in organising and preparing distributions and provide information on access to support services. Since then, more than 22,000 families have sought assistance at the centre. CARE is planning to open similar centers in four other cities over the coming weeks.
Over the next two years, CARE aims to:
CARE is also working with the UN and other agencies to open a new refugee camp in the coming months. CARE’s activities in the new Azraq camp will be two-fold:
In Lebanon, CARE is planning to meet approximately 150,000 refugees’ and vulnerable host communities’ most basic and pressing needs. As of July, CARE Lebanon has been increasing access to water and sanitation for almost 7,000 people in Beirut with small infrastructure repairs, distribution of sanitation items and health education sessions.
Over the next two years, our response will include:
In Egypt, CARE plans to help at least 20,000 refugees over the next 24 months, including:
In Yemen, CARE has begun a profiling exercise of Syrian refugees arriving in Yemen, especially in Sana’a, Taiz and Aden. To date this has involved making more concrete linkages with host communities and trust building with local authorities and communities as well as incoming refugees.Initial findings from Yemen reveal that refugee families are mainly concerned about accommodation, as they are struggling to cover high rental costs. Families also reported having to beg in order to be able to cover living costs. To date, the majority of refugee families reported that they haven’t received any assistance.