Help deliver lifesaving supplies and hope to children and families.
On February 26, 2020 a wave of unrelenting violence washed over Idlib as 10 schools and kindergartens came under attack. So far nine children and three teachers have been killed. As many as 40 children and women were injured.
This latest tragedy is coming at a time when many Syrian children are facing another threat—freezing temperatures. Children are dying from the cold.
The killing and maiming of children, toddlers and babies in any situation—even during a war—is never acceptable. UNICEF strongly condemns attacks on schools, kindergartens and safe spaces for children.
We are in Syria and surrounding areas providing warm winter clothing and shelter to children and their families. We will continue to do whatever it takes to help children learn and grow in safe spaces.
We need your help to reach every Syrian child who needs help. Send urgently needed supplies and support to Syria right now by making a donation.
How will my donation help Syrian children?
Your donation will help UNICEF reach more children with access to education, health care, safe water, food and more. Here are just a few examples of how you can make an impact:
- Your gift of $34 can provide one child with winter clothing to stay warm this winter
- Your gift of $50 can provide urgent aid to 112 children in need of immediate life-enhancing nutrition, education and emergency relief
- Your gift of $68 can cover the cost of enrollment and school supplies for a displaced child
- Your gift of $131 can restock a malnutrition treatment centre with food, therapeutic milk and oral rehydration salts to reach 368 children
How much does it cost to keep a child warm this winter?
* These are calculated average costs with 10% transportation cost included
How urgent is the humanitarian situation in Syria?
The situation is extremely volatile, especially in the northwest. More than 875,000 people in the region, including more than half a million children, have been displaced from their homes since 1 December 2019. Each day, at least 6,500 children are uprooted and forced to flee for their safety. In the northwest alone, at least 77 children were verified killed or injured in January 2020. The escalation in hostilities, combined with harsh winter conditions and plummeting temperatures, on top of an already dire humanitarian crisis, have pushed tens of thousands of children and families to the brink.
What is UNICEF doing to help Syrian children?
UNICEF has been on the ground in Syria and in refugee camps in neighbouring countries since the conflict began almost nine years ago, bringing lifesaving help and hope to children and families.
In just the first 8 months of 2019, donations from caring donors enabled us to:
- Treat more than 4,700 children for severe acute malnutrition
- Vaccinate 3.29 million children against polio
- Improve access to safe drinking water for 1.91 million people
- Reach over 309,000 children with formal educational assistance, enabling them to return to school and continue their learning
Why does UNICEF need my help now?
Children have been hit the hardest and continue to bear the brunt of a crisis not of their making. More half a million children still live in areas that are hard to reach. Millions more are living in refugee camps with little hope of ever returning home. UNICEF will remain on the ground and stay until the end. But we need your support to do more to help these children not only survive, but thrive. Please help by making a donation today.
We need the support of generous and caring donors like you to help us:
- Reach 2.4 million children under two and pregnant and lactating women with micronutrients to prevent malnutrition
- Provide psychosocial support to 350,000 children who have seen nothing but violence, loss and displacement
- Protect 680,000 children from extreme weather
- Reach 2.4 million children with formal education
- Provide 3.7 million people with access to safe water
“The children of Syria have witnessed and experienced unimaginable suffering over the past (nine) years. This can be stopped. It needs to stop now. Children are dying before our eyes.”
- Henrietta H. Fore, UNICEF Executive Director
Last updated: February 19, 2020