About the crisis
Some 13.5 million people inside Syria are in need of humanitarian assistance following more than six years of civil war. Some 6.5 million Syrians have had to leave their homes in search of safety in other parts of the country. Another 4.5 million people have left the country to seek a future outside of Syria’s borders.
Syrians, both inside the country as well as in Jordan and Lebanon, face shortages of food, water and health care. Many of these displaced people now live in camps or below-standard shelters, with no protection against extreme cold in winter and extreme heat in summer. Countless children have been out-of-school for several years and are exposed to the threats of recruitment into armed groups and child labour.
The Dutch Relief Alliance Response
The Syria Joint Response sees nine DRA member organisations come together to provide emergency humanitarian assistance to people who have been affected by the war in Syria. We reach displaced people inside Syria, Jordan and Lebanon, as well as people from host communities who live in appalling conditions in a constant atmosphere of insecurity and violence.
The programme’s protection activities specifically target children who are at risk of child labour or recruitment by armed groups, and those for whom the war has affected their mental well-being. IDPs and other refugees are targeted through shelter interventions as well as the distribution of other non-food items. Activities in the WASH sector target populations who lack access to water.
Since 2015, the DRA has been addressing the needs of people, who have been affected by the war in Syria, which started in 2011.