Three Things You Can Do to Help Syrian Children Right Now

March 13, 2017

With the civil war now in its seventh year, Syrian children have hit rock bottom. More than 8 million urgently need your help. A generation of kids can barely recall life before bombings, fear, hunger and loss. But you can make a real difference. You can offer hope. Here are three things you can do today to help Syrian children.


What can you do to help? Quite a lot, it turns out. 

“The depth of suffering is unprecedented. Millions of children in Syria come under attack on a daily basis, their lives turned upside down,” said Geert Cappelaere, UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa. “Each and every child is scarred for life with horrific consequences to their health, well-being and future.”

1. Donate to Help UNICEF Protect Syria's Children

Syria is one of the most dangerous places in the world to be a child.  Nearly 1,300 children have been killed or injured during 2016 alone.

Inside Syria, 2.8 million children live under military siege or in hard-to-reach areas. At least 5 million Syrian children have fled their homes due to violence and war.  Some are sheltering in camps within Syria, while others live in refugee camps in Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq, Turkey and Egypt. More than 2.2 million Syrian children have also been forced to leave school. 

Nearly 1,300 children have been killed or injured during 2016 alone.

In response, UNICEF has helped mobilize the largest humanitarian operation in history, supplying food, water, education, warm clothing and critical immunizations to millions of children and their families in Syria and neighboring countries.

But Syrian children urgently need more help. UNICEF is appealing for nearly $1.4 billion for Syrian children in 2017.

Support UNICEF's lifesaving work by making a donation to provide Syrian children with the help they need now.


2. Join or Start a Fundraiser to Aid Syrian Children

Make a difference by starting your own fundraiser in support of UNICEF's campaign to aid the more than 8.4 million children who have been hurt by the Syria conflict. You can help save a child's life or give them hope and a chance for a better future.

Or donate to the Play For Syria Facebook Fundraiser, running through April 5, 2017 to coincide with March Madness, started by more than a dozen basketball players to support UNICEF programs for children in Syria and Syrian child refugees. Some of the players are American, some Syrian, some are former NBA, some former NCAA — but all have played ball in Syria. And all are deeply concerned for the children suffering there.

Learn more about the players and their fundraiser here, and help them spread the word by sharing their fundraiser with your networks!

Damond Williams, who is raising funds for UNICEF to help Syrian children with a Facebook Fundraiser

Damond Williams, celebrates after winning a championship with Aleppo's Al Jalaa Team. Now he's spreading the love by raising funds for the kids of Syria.

Play for Syria

The somber sixth anniversary of the brutal Syrian civil war is the perfect time to support UNICEF's lifesaving work. Start your own Fundraiser by visiting our Facebook page. Go to "Fundraisers" and click "Create Fundraiser."


3. Share Your Concern

Share UNICEF's donation form for Syrian children or Facebook Fundraiser page on your social media channels, by email or even word of mouth.

Or, click here to voice your concern about the children of Syria by tweeting to your congressperson.

You can be the spark others need to get involved.  The friends and colleagues you reach can exponentially increase your impact by spreading our message to their own social networks.

Thank you!