Crisis in Syria

Providing Livesaving Support for Syrian Refugees

More than 70 percent of Syrian refugees are women and children. CRS is working with Caritas Turkey, Jesuit Refugee Services, and local partners to provide thousands of Syrian refugees in Turkey with urgently needed assistance.

More than 70 percent of Syrian refugees are women and children. CRS is working with Caritas Turkey, Jesuit Refugee Services, and local partners to provide thousands of Syrian refugees in Turkey with urgently needed assistance. See how CRS and the local Church are responding to the needs of Syrian refugees. Photo by Sevket Kizildag for CRS


From the Field

Tahane now works as a volunteer with Caritas Jordan. Syrian Refugees Helping Syrian Refugees in Jordan
Holding on to a culture of hospitality, Syrian refugees are volunteering to help newly arrived refugees make homes away from home.

Sean Callahan with Syrian refugee children. Photo by Sam Tarling for CRS On Syrian Refugees: 'We Help People Because We Are Catholic'
Sean Callahan, CRS' Chief Operating Officer, spoke with the Catholic World Report about the work of the Catholic Church with Syrian refugees. Read excerpts from that interview.

Syrian refugee children in Jordan receive school kits to continue their education. It's a chance for normalcy in their uprooted conditions. Photo by Samar Bandak/Caritas Jordan Help Syrian Refugee Children Recapture Childhood in School
Your support can help Syrian refugee children reclaim something that is not yet fully broken: their childhood. Learn how.

The business of Karim, a shoemaker, was destroyed during bombings in Syria. He, his wife, Zahaya, and their year-old son also lost their home to the violence. The family has been living in this tent in Lebanon since late June 2013. Photo by Sam Tarling for CRS Syria Crisis: Nostalgia Amid Need
Syrian refugees sustain nostalgia for the Syria of their past, the lives and homes, friends and family lost to violent conflict. Read more.

A Syrian refugee family. Photo by Sam Tarling for CRS Syrian Refugees Brace for Brutal Winter
CRS Chief Operating Officer Sean Callahan traveled to Lebanon and Jordan before Christmas in 2012 to visit with Syrian refugee families and hear their stories.

A Syrian refugee family rides in a vehicle to a temporary medical clinic run by Caritas Lebanon, a CRS partner. Photo courtesy of Sam Tarling for Caritas Switzerland CRS World Report: Visiting Syrian Refugees in Lebanon
Syrian refugees are pouring across borders and leaving everything behind. Listen to CRS Executive Vice President Joan Rosenhauer describe her visit with refugees in Lebanon.

Noujoud lost her husband to the violence in Syria. She and her family fled to northern Jordan, where CRS is supporting Caritas Jordan’s efforts to help Syrian refugees with basic necessities and medical care. Photo by Bill Lyons for CRS CRS World Report: Women and Children Refugees Continue to Flee Syria
Najla Chalda, a worker at the Caritas Lebanon Migrants Center, describes the situation faced by Syrian refugees.

How You Can Help

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A little goes a long way:

  • $35 pays for a school kit for a child.
  • $50 pays for a hygiene kit—soap, blankets, buckets and diapers—for a family.
  • $100 pays for a kitchen kit—stove, plates and utensils—for a family.
  • $150 pays for a winter kit—blankets and heaters—for a family.
  • $1,600 pays for a latrine for a child-friendly space that serves up to 200 children each month.
Give now.

We help people because we are Catholic.

Crisis in Syria at a Glance


Photo Tour: Hope for Syrian Refugee Children

Filomena

For those bearing the heaviest burden of the Syrian crisis, reading and writing bring healing and hope. View this gallery to learn more.