European Union contributes €5.7 million to support the most vulnerable children and families in Syria – Syrian Arab Republic

More than 300,000 people will benefit from access to vital services across the country

DAMASCUS, July 4, 2022 – The European Union (EU) has contributed €5.7 million in humanitarian funding to UNICEF’s support for the most vulnerable children and families in Syria. Multi-donor humanitarian action, supported by the EU, will help UNICEF to scale up its response and reach more than 310,000 people affected by the conflict. It is primarily children, including children with disabilities, and women who will benefit from life-saving cash transfers and case management, water and sanitation, and education services in emergencies.

Nearly 90% of Syrians live in poverty and most are unable to make ends meet. More than 14.6 million Syrians need humanitarian assistance. This is the highest number of people in need of humanitarian assistance ever recorded in Syria since the start of the conflict. The number of children in need – more than 6.5 million – increased by 7% in 2021 alone.

“The ongoing conflict, worsening economic downturn and the COVID-19 pandemic have all exacerbated the situation for children in Syria. These factors combined have had a significant impact on increasing risks for girls and boys as families struggle,” said UNICEF Representative in Syria, Mr Bo Viktor Nylund. “Our partnership with the European Union supports our efforts to reach the most vulnerable children, including children with disabilities, in Syria. This helps keep children safe, gives them access to clean water and good sanitation, and builds community resilience by providing quality education.

The new funding comes on top of an earlier contribution of €2 million in 2021 to support UNICEF programming in 14 governorates across Syria. Since 2016, the EU has provided over €49 million in humanitarian funding for UNICEF’s support for children in Syria.

“11 years into the Syrian crisis, humanitarian needs have never been higher. Unfortunately, children are increasingly bearing the brunt of the crisis, as their living conditions deteriorate and they are deprived of education,” said Janez Lenarčič, European Commissioner for Crisis Management. “With partners like UNICEF, we are committed to better protecting vulnerable Syrian children, ensuring that they are in school and that their families can live with more dignity and access basic services.

The 2022 multi-donor humanitarian action, supported by the EU, will help UNICEF achieve:

  • 53,740 families and children with disabilities with cash assistance and case management.
  • 208,000 people with access to water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH).
  • 49,000 children with access to education and learning materials.

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