Children are especially vulnerable when disaster and conflict strike. The protection of children and families is at the heart of our emergency work. We ensure those at risk get the support and care needed to rebuild their lives and strengthen their communities.
After the beginning of the Syrian crisis in 2011, many Syrians families had to leave their houses seeking safe places to protect their children. As a response to this humanitarian crisis, SOS Children's Villages Syria launched its Emergency Relief Program - ERP in 2013 in-line with its strategy of supporting the local society and based on its recognize to the vital importance of humanitarian and emergency relief movement in Syria.
Eight years after the start of the conflict, the situation in the Syrian Arab Republic remains one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world and Children, including those unaccompanied or separated, remain vulnerable.
Out of the estimated 8.35 million children living in the Syrian Arab Republic, 5.6 million require humanitarian assistance and 493,000 are living in hard-to-reach areas.
Years of conflict have dramatically reduced access to basic social services, with 1.75 million children aged 5 to 17 years out of school and 1.35 million children at risk of dropping out.