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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Your donations in action


Loay is the 2 year old son of Fatmeh. He was diagnosed with bladder cancer.

Jena, 8 months, is held by her father Ahmed, 22.


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


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