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CARE started work in: 2013

Syria ranks 151 out of 189 on the Human Development Index (HDI). CARE International responds to the Syrian crisis in partnership with national organizations, supporting food security and helping to develop resilience programs.

History of CARE International’s work in Syria  

CARE International began working in Syria in 2013 to provide life-saving emergency assistance to people affected by conflict.  

The Syrian crisis has been ongoing since 2011, and CARE International remains gravely concerned about the impact of the conflict on civilians, who continue to pay a heavy price. Civilians are targeted and are living in dire conditions in besieged areas with grave humanitarian needs. The conflict has caused the largest displacement crisis in the world, with more than half of the country’s population displaced. 

What CARE International does in Syria

CARE International responds to the crisis inside Syria through a network of partners. Our response in Syria includes support for food security and re-establishing livelihoods. With partners, we provide reproductive, primary care, and maternal health, as well as shelter, clean water, and proper sanitation. We also distribute relief supplies and multi-purpose cash vouchers for food as well as hygiene and baby kits, dignity kits for the elderly and sanitary products.  

Where possible, CARE International helps rebuild livelihoods by developing resilience programs and providing families with early recovery support. This includes agricultural production, livestock programs, cash for work, microfinance, and concerted protection programming; including for gender-based violence, case management, and psychosocial programming.  

Reach and impact data
Total participants reached in 2021
  • Direct 1,773,227
  • Women & girls 51%
  • Indirect 1,775,905
Total population impacted by end of 2021
  • All programs 88,656
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Please note that the figures in this site may not be the same as those reported to donors or host governments based on different reporting periods. CARE's international aggregated reporting mechanisms always use the Fiscal Year from July to June.

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