CARE has been working in Syria since 2013. Site of an incredibly destructive conflict that started in 2011, the country now faces one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises. Over 14 million people are in need of assistance.
CARE’s programs in Syria deliver emergency aid as well as longer-term support. Working through Syrian partners or with direct action, we focus on strengthening people’s resilience, supporting them to absorb and adapt to recurring shocks and stresses. CARE’s expertise lies in gender-responsive emergency response, food security and livelihoods, water, sanitation, and hygiene support, women’s economic empowerment as well as protection of vulnerable groups.
Where possible, CARE helps rebuild livelihoods, developing resilience programs and providing families with early recovery support, including agricultural production, livestock programs, cash for work, microfinance, and concerted protection programming, including for gender-based violence, case management and psychosocial programming. Since 2016, we have reached more than 7.2 million people in Syria.
The conflict in Syria has been ongoing for 11 years (started mid-March 2011), resulting in one of the worst humanitarian crises of our time. In 2022, 14 million people are in need of humanitarian and protection assistance. Almost 7 million people are internally displaced and at least 6.7 fled to neighboring countries. Since the start of the conflict, the humanitarian situation has escalated to new levels, driven by a severe economic crisis, intensified regional hostilities, mass displacement, the COVID-19 pandemic, and a widely devastated public service infrastructure. 90% of the population lives below the poverty line, with increasing inflation and skyrocketing prices.