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As the Syrian conflict enters its fifth year, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs reports that it now represents the largest displacement crisis in the world, with over half the population forced out of their homes. Of the 13.5 million people requiring humanitarian aid, 4.3 million live as refugees in nearby countries — including Iraq, Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan — while another 6.5 million remain inside Syria. Nearly half the people affected by the conflict — 5.6 million — are children. The Syrians displaced by the ongoing civil war depend upon humanitarian aid for food, clothing and shelter. The highly-rated charities listed here are providing these services and more (such as medical assistance and schooling for children).

Be sure to consider what it is that you want your donation to accomplish and to find a charity offering that specific type of aid. To do that, simply click on the charity’s name and view its rating page (where you can learn about its Financial Health, Accountability & Transparency). Once you are satisfied with its rating, then you can jump to the charity’s website (we link to each charity’s site from its ratings page) to learn more specifically about the type of assistance the charity is providing in relation to the Syrian crisis.

Snapshot of the Crisis

13.5 million   People in Need of Humanitarian Assistance in Syria
5.6 million   Children Affected by the Crisis in Syria
6.5 million   Internally Displaced Persons in Syria
4.3 million   Syrians Displaced to Neighboring Countries

What is UNHCR doing?

UNHCR is working around the clock with other agencies and aid groups, stockpiling and distributing winter aid items to keep vulnerable people, both in camps and urban settings, protected and warm. This includes:

  • The distribution of winter survival kits that include high thermal blankets, sleeping bags, winter clothes, heating stoves, and gas supplies.
  • The provision of emergency shelters including family tents, refugee housing units and emergency reception facilities.
  • Improvement of reception and transit centers and preparing and supporting families for winter conditions.

You can help make a difference.

But even more, your gift, every gift, includes something priceless. It brings HOPE.