The civil war in Syria has caused millions of people to flee in recent years. This number was even further increased by the rise of IS in Syria and Iraq. The refugees end up in relatively safe areas such as northern Iraq and neighboring countries like Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey. Lebanon and Jordan in particular are invaded by refugees. Amenities such as shelter, education and health care are by far insufficient to handle the influx. Together with local partners, Terre des Hommes comes to the aid of victims of the conflict in northern Iraq, Jordan and Lebanon. Moreover, Terre des Hommes operates in Syria itself.
The conflict particularly affects children: more than fifty percent of the refugees are children. As always, Terre des Hommes focuses its emergency aid on the welfare of these child refugees in the first place. Children always constitute a vulnerable group and even more so in emergency situations. They run an increased risk of becoming victim of child labour and other forms of exploitation, or to be recruited as soldiers. Girls are at risk of becoming victim of child marriage. Many children are traumatised by what they have experienced. On top of that, an entire generation is at risk of being deprived of school as education facilities are far from sufficient in the areas where they have ended up with their families. Help us in our efforts to help disaster victims by donating to our projects in the region of the Syria crisis.
Since 2012, Terre des Hommes has initiated relief projects to support Syrian refugees in Lebanon. This involves material aid (food, mattresses, winter clothing, cooking equipment), but psychosocial support, child friendly spaces and education for minors as well. Terre des Hommes is active in the capital Beirut, the cities of Tripoli and Tyre, the Bekaa valley and the Mount Lebanon region. Terre des Hommes also supports victims in the Palestinian refugee camps Rashidiyeh, Ain El Helweh and Naher Al Bared, where many Syrian refugees seek relief too.
Until recently, Terre des Hommes also provided formal teaching to children on the run. Last year, the Lebanese government took over formal education to the best of their abilities with the financial support of international donors. Since then, Terre des Hommes has been focusing on organising informal education: extracurricular activities that support children in their learning process. Until recently, Terre des Hommes also provided formal teaching to children on the run. Last year, the Lebanese government took over formal education to the best of their abilities with the financial support of international donors. Since then, Terre des Hommes has been focusing on organising informal education: extracurricular activities that support children in their learning process.
Providing psychosocial support is an important part of our work. Terre des Hommes assists families in the registration process. Where necessary, families can be referred to the appropriate welfare authorities. Whenever children, or members of their family, need psychological help, a solution is provided. Child friendly spaces are very important too. Here, children can play in a safe environment under social and educational guidance. The activities range from carefree play activities to more therapeutic activities such as drawing and drama.