Find out more about how donations were used by DEC member charities and what lessons were learned from this response.
raised for this appeal
people reached with humanitarian aid
people reached with safe water and sanitation services
people reached with food assistance
When the DEC launched our appeal in March 2013 the situation in Syria was dire. Two years of war had left more than 9 million people in need of humanitarian aid. At that time, about 1.2 million houses had been damaged, with 400,000 totally destroyed and an estimated 6.5 million people were displaced inside Syria, with a further 2.5 million people having fled to the neighbouring countries of Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and Iraq.
Our appeal raised an amazing £27 million, which allowed DEC member charities to reach more than 900,000 people within Syria and in the surrounding countries.
Within Syria in the first stages of the response, members concentrated on delivering food assistance and water and sanitation services, alongside basic health care and psychosocial support for children and families. In the first six months alone, food parcels were delivered to over 19,000 families, and improvements to water systems brought safe clean water to over 28,000 people.
Refugees who had been forced to flee Syria were also provided with aid across Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq. There, the greatest need was in helping people to rebuild their lives and establish a livelihood. Cash grants were given to families to help them establish new small businesses, and programmes were set up to improve relations between refugees and those living in host communities.
Because of the extreme volatility of Syria during this time, bringing humanitarian aid to the people who needed it within the country presented unique challenges and dangers. The risk of being detained, or even killed, meant that DEC member charities needed to keep a very low profile.
"In the past two years we have lost 17 volunteers," wrote Khaled Erksoussi of the Syrian Arab Red Crescent in March 2013. "So we’ve paid in blood for our independence and our care for humanity. We have been harassed by all parties. We have volunteers in detention right now."
Existing community leaders, especially faith leaders, were instrumental in helping us deliver aid across the country. Despite the challenges, DEC members and their local partners brought life saving aid to hundreds of thousands of men, women and children inside Syria.