Response to Syrian Crisis
As a result of the ongoing conflict in Syria, some 6.5 million Syrians have been displaced and more than 2 million people have fled their homeland to neighbouring countries.
How is CARE responding?
CARE is working to help refugees meet their most urgent needs. While our efforts began in Jordan, we are also on the ground in Egypt and Lebanon, collaborating with partners to build up our response.
Working closely with the UN and other humanitarian agencies, CARE has provided assistance to110,000 Syrian refugees . This includes cash support to refugees and host families cash to buy food, pay rent and other bills, seek medical care and purchase household essentials, such as cookware and clothing. CARE has also distributed blankets, mattresses and heaters to more than 10,000 people.
We also run a support centre for refugees, where tens of thousands of Syrian families have received relief items and information on obtaining health care and other services.
Looking ahead, CARE will open new support centres in other cities and extend our efforts as the lead provider of community services for 50,000 people in the Azraq refugee camp. At a reception area, CARE staff will provide newly arrived refugees with information on the camp’s structure, where to access services and refugee’s rights. Three communities centres will also offer psychosocial support, set up refugee committee sand deliver outreach activities throughout the camp.
Lebanon currently has the highest number of refugees in the region and both refugees and host communities are in great need of assistance. We aim to help 150,000 refugees with basic relief, including shelter, water and sanitation. Through Canadian public funds raised through the Humanitarian Coalition, CARE is implementing a water, sanitation and hygiene project which runs until October 2013. It includes small water infrastructure repairs, water treatment, a cleaning campaign, drainage system improvement and hygiene promotion.
As the number of refugees increases in Egypt, CARE is working on approaches to address their needs. We plan to reach at least 20,000 people with relief supplies, cash and psychological and social programs.
While CARE is not currently working in Syria, we are committed to providing assistance and are exploring ways to address urgent humanitarian needs despite serious access and security challenges to working in the country.