A lifeline for Syrian families at breaking point.

At the start of 2011, Syria was one of the largest refugee hosting countries in the world. Today, Syrians are the largest group of refugees with 5.5 million people forced to flee the country and 6.3 million internally displaced. An estimated 400,000 others have been killed in one of the most brutal conflicts we’ve seen.

After surviving years in exile by living on their savings and selling their possessions, many families are drained of resources. Without money for rent, they have been forced into overcrowded, run-down accommodation.

Many children who used to go to school have been forced into child labour such as street hawking and cleaning to help pay the rent and keep food on the table.

These families have run out of options.

Unexpected expenses like medical bills can tip them over the edge – and with the approach of another unforgiving winter, they desperately need your help.       

Hadeya’s two youngest daughters, Mariam and Noor, study hard for a better future. They rely on UNHCR’s Lifeline assistance to be able to attend school.

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Hadeya’s family.

Before the war began, Hadeya and her husband lived a quiet, happy life in Homs. They had saved up bought their first family home, a large comfortable flat.

A year into the conflict, militants broke down their front door. They looted the apartment and forced the family out.

Hadeya and her children now share a tiny, mould-ridden apartment in Amman. Her husband became ill working difficult jobs to survive. He refused to spend anything on medication, saving money for the children’s schooling instead.

Hadeya is grief stricken as she explains how he passed away just six months ago. She now relies on UNHCR cash assistance to keep the family afloat.

“My dream for them all is a good education – it will help them protect themselves in the future. And for them to be happy.”

There are thousands of others like Hadeya on the waiting list for UNHCR’s Lifeline program. Please help a struggling family today.


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Talal is 65 and lives in Jordan with his wife Asma.


Get the facts about our impact

Protection Protection Protection
Reuniting Families Reuniting Families Reuniting Families
Safe Places Safe Places Safe Places
Counselling Counselling Counselling

Providing Protection

Children and families fleeing violence, war, disaster or persecution can be very vulnerable. UNHCR supplies displaced people with essential items, food and shelter to protect them from having to make dangerous decisions to survive. On a larger scale, UNHCR negotiates safe passage, asylum spaces and humanitarian access, upholding the rights of refugees and minimising the threat of violence, including sexual assault.

Reuniting Families

Families often become separated during forced displacement and flight. UNHCR makes use of registration data to locate separated family members and reunite them where possible. UNHCR also works with its partners to share information between refugee sites and provide safe accommodation and psychosocial support for unaccompanied and separated children.

Providing Safe Places

UNHCR operates safe spaces for the most vulnerable refugees for child and family support, providing child services, play areas and counselling. Children travelling alone are given special support and safe accommodation while UNHCR staff search for their relatives or carers. For displaced girls, safe spaces in refugee camps are essential for preventing abuse and exploitation. LGBTI refugees are also offered safe spaces to protect them from harm and discrimination.

Providing Counselling

Displacement due to horrific violence, armed conflict, persecution, or disaster puts significant psychological and social stress on children, individuals, families and communities. UNHCR provides counselling to refugee populations to address trauma arising from displacement. These services are particularly vital for survivors of torture and of sexual and gender-based violence.

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