Eight years of bitter civil war in Syria have left schools, hospitals and water treatment facilities in ruins, and 13.1 million people in need of humanitarian assistance.
Every conflict comes with terrible consequences for children, who always pay the highest price. An estimated 2.6 million children have been forced out of their homes inside Syria and another 2.5 million children are living as refugees in Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey. Just in the past month, hostilities in northwest Syria forced an estimated 150,000 people to flee their homes in search of safety. At least 11 children have been reported killed in the fighting.
Protracted humanitarian crises are often eclipsed by fresh emergencies elsewhere
Since the crisis began, UNICEF has been on the ground, working with partners to provide the assistance and services Syria's children need to survive: nutrition, safe water, education, protection, health care and more. That work wouldn't be possible without the sustained support of generous donors.
But as fresh emergencies crowd into the headlines, it becomes harder for ongoing crises to capture the world's attention.
Giving monthly ensures that UNICEF will have the funds necessary to help children born into ongoing emergencies
That's why monthly giving is so essential to protect the futures of children growing up in protracted humanitarian crises. Even when their story isn't on the front page, Syrian children displaced by violence need safety and the chance to have a normal childhood. Whether they are growing up in Syria or in a refugee camp in a neighboring country, a generation of children need a quality education now, so they can grow up to become productive adults.
By becoming a monthly donor, you make it possible for UNICEF to meet the urgent needs of vulnerable Syrian children growing up in crisis
"Last year, UNICEF responded to more than 300 humanitarian emergencies, from conflicts to natural disasters," says Karlo Coello, UNICEF USA Senior Director for Monthly Giving. "Emergency appeals bring in important revenue, but after the emergency, there are still a lot of things children need to make life bearable. That's what our monthly donors provide."
Regular recurring donations let UNICEF plan for the future, so every dollar has maximum impact
UNICEF USA's Guardian Circle program lets members set up their monthly giving in one easy step. Giving up something as small as a cup of coffee can have a big impact on the life of a child. And establishing a recurring monthly gift lets UNICEF plan ahead on how best to use that money, ensuring that every dollar donated has maximum impact. Rebuilding a battered nation takes time, expertise, persistence — and committed donors.
Monthly givers know they're helping UNICEF save and protect the world's most vulnerable children
It can be hard to read the news these days. More countries are embroiled in internal and international fighting now than at any time in the past 30 years. No child chooses to be born into a war zone. Setting up a regular monthly gift to UNICEF means that every day, you'll know you're doing your part to help UNICEF put children first and make sure they receive the support and protection they need to have healthy, happy childhoods.
Top photo: On May 5, 2019, trucks carrying families fleeing escalating violence in Idlib arrived in Atmeh, near the Turkey/Syria border. The conflict has also forced UNICEF partners in northern Hala and southern Idlib to halt programs providing safe water, adequate sanitation and hygiene to affected communities in those areas. © UNICEF/UN0310821/Al Ahmad