On February 6, several earthquakes hit Syria, resulting in thousands of deaths and injuries and devastating areas that already sustained heavy damage over the course of 12 years of conflict.
An estimated 8.8 million people live in the areas that have been most affected. Hundreds of families in the affected areas have lost their homes. Thousands of children have lost at least one of their parents. With 90% of the population living below the poverty line and 4 million people relying on humanitarian aid prior to the disaster, Syria continues to face one of the most complex emergencies in the world.
With the loss of family and social support,
Children are the most vulnerable in emergencies.
We are supporting vulnerable children affected by the earthquake, with a focus on children who are unaccompanied and separated from their families. We provide services to ensure they feel protected and supported during and after emergencies.
Emergency Short-Term Shelter: Our emergency short-term shelter is set up to host children who are unaccompanied or separated from their families for a short period (max. 6 months) while we conduct family tracing and establish a long-term care arrangement.
Case Management: We address children’s individual needs following the earthquake by conducting comprehensive case management in close cooperation with local community leaders and humanitarian partners.
Family Tracing, Reunification & Alternative Care: We work to reunite unaccompanied and separated children with their biological families as quickly as possible. When reunification with the children’s biological family is not possible, we establish an alternative care arrangement based on the best interests of the child.
Safe Referral & Awareness Raising: Our mobile teams work around the clock, visiting local communities to distribute information about our services, activate referrals, and ultimately identify vulnerable cases.
Emergency Cash Assistance: We support vulnerable families with emergency cash assistance to address their basic needs to recover.