The situation of food shortage in Syria has become increasingly desperate, and people caught in the middle of the conflict have been forced to gather leaves, roots and grass to try to stave off their children’s hunger.
The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs has said that Syria’s development situation has regressed by four decades. Since the crisis began in 2011, life expectancy has shortened by 13 years and school attendance has dropped more than 50 percent. Before the war started, Syria was a middle-income country with roughly 30% of people living below the poverty line. By the end of 2014, an estimated four in every five Syrians lived in poverty.
Thousands of refugees flee Syria every day. A total of 4.8 million have fled, becoming refugees in the neighboring countries of Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey. Many refugees live in simple tents that do not have heat. The cold winter months are especially difficult for these displaced families.
As the haunting words of many Syrians living in Eastern Aleppo have been shared across Twitter in recent days, we are reminded of the unimaginable suffering that thousands of people have gone through. Their stories are a call to not forget the millions affected by this war, in Syria, Lebanon and around the world.
World Renew has not forgotten the people of Syria, and remains committed to responding to the needs of Syrian families in Syria and Lebanon that have been affected by this war, as long as funding permits.
Response in Syria
In Syria, World Renew is working with the Lebanese Society for Educational and Social Development (LSESD) and the Fellowship of Middle East Evangelical Churches (FMEEC), to provide hygiene kits to 1,900 families.
Over the last year, World Renew has also provided food assistance to 2,000 displaced families still in Syria, who have been forced from their homes by the conflict. Over the harsh winter months, World Renew also provided 700 families with monthly cash distributions, which families used to address challenges they have faced because of the cold weather, spending the majority of funds on heating materials, warm clothing, and rent subsidies.
Response in Lebanon
In Lebanon, World Renew is working closely with its local partner the Lebanese Society for Educational and Social Development (LSESD) to provide food assistance to 650 Syrian refugee families each month, and milk and diapers to 281 families.
Your prayers and financial support are greatly needed for those affected by this conflict. Just $80 is enough to buy a month’s supply of food for a Syrian family. Please donate today.
World Renew is grateful to have received funding for this project from