Syria in brief
|Area:||185 180 km²|
|Population:||20 820 311 (2011)|
People in need is one of the key providers of humanitarian aid in northern Syria. Our Syria-based offices are located in Aleppo and Idlib governorates, and the mission is remotely managed from Southern Turkey. Our team consists of 172 local and 12 foreign employees. To date, we have provided vulnerable people across northern Syria with aid valued at over 15 million EUR. Since 2012, we have delivered aid to over 1.8 million beneficiaries and indirectly assisted another 1.2 million people.
Our current aid in numbers:
- 175.000 people receive monthly food rations or food vouchers
- 9.000 children have access to education in 20 supported schools
- 470.000 people have renewed access to functioning, safe water sources
- 600.000 people are protected from epidemics thanks to improved waste management services
- 19.000 recently displaced families have received emergency unconditional cash grants to cover their immediate needs
- 2050 recently displaced families receive ready-to-eat emergency food kits
- 4,850 Syrian men and women have participated in our Cash-for-Work programme
What was already accomplished:
- 230.000 people received blankets, clothes, shelter etc.
- 70.000 children were provided with nutrition kits
- 3.000 farmers were supported by seeds, tools and training
- 36 local councils were trained and supported to provide better services
- 30 clinics were supplied with medicines and other material
- 5 field hospitals were provided by essential equipment
People in Need (PIN) and its partners on the ground have been directly involved in the provision of relief aid in northern Syria since 2012.
In early 2012, PIN began supporting an informal network of Syrian doctors from the Doctors Coordinate of Damascus; equipping the professionals with the materials necessary to more effectively treat the injured and carry out life-saving operations. Over the last four years, PIN has grown to become one of the key providers of humanitarian aid in northern Syria.
In 2016, PIN provides multi-sectoral assistance to the most vulnerable across Aleppo and Idlib governorates. Our programming includes: Food, Security and Livelihoods (FSL); Agriculture; Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH); Education; and Capacity Building. In communities where multiple sectors are covered by PIN, we ensure that the different projects are well-coordinated with one another in order to provide complementary support.
As the conflict enters its sixth year, our relief methods continue to adapt and evolve to the context. We combine emergency response assistance with resilience building initiatives in order to provide comprehensive and stabilizing support in our areas or operation. By providing both modes of support, PIN strives to protect the most vulnerable in the short-term and decrease dependency on humanitarian aid in the long-term.
PIN's Cash-for-Work programme integrates the two approaches. Whilst the programme is designed primarily to ensure that vulnerable families have access to basic food items, the programme also empowers individuals by providing opportunities for work. PIN distributes the appropriate tools to programme participants who are then tasked with various types of work including: removing waste from the streets; rehabilitating sewage and drainage systems; restoring water and electricity networks; supervising kindergartens; and caring for the elderly.
What is happening in Syria?
Syria is the epicentre of the biggest humanitarian crisis in the world. Since March 2011, when the conflict began, over a quarter of a million Syrians have been killed and over one million have been injured.
Over half of the entire population has been forced to leave their homes. More than 4.8 million people have fled to neighbouring countries and more than 6.6 million have been displaced, in many cases more than once, inside the country.
13.5 million people in Syria are in need of humanitarian assistance and more than 75% of the population live in poverty.
Amongst the most pressing issues facing the Syrian population are: food insecurity; reduced access to safe water sources; and a shortage of medical supplies and trained personnel. The prices of basic food items and commodities have also risen sharply. According to the UN, 80% of inhabitants have become unemployed and the country has regressed four decades in terms of its development.
The situation has been further worsened by offensives of the so-called Islamic State (IS), which now controls one third of Syria and large areas in Iraq. IS continues to commit heinous crimes and human rights violations on a widepread and systematic scale.
The crisis has been aggravated by ineffective international diplomacy. The UN Security Council is paralyzed by Russia and China. So far, the UN was unable to facilitate a solution to conflict or provide effective and unhindered humanitarian corridors inside the country.
For more information about our activities in Syria, please contact Nada Aliova:
firstname.lastname@example.org, tel. +420 778 486 244