The number of refugees flowing out of Syria and into neighbouring countries, such as Egypt and Lebanon, continues to rise dramatically.
Plan International is continuing to get life-saving aid to families fleeing this brutal conflict and support them to settle in their new homes.
This year over 3,000 refugees have died, many of them babies and children, attempting to cross the Mediterranean Sea in search of a better life in Europe and beyond.
We’re working to ensure that there are better options. We are providing immediate food and shelter and providing children with the chance to go to school again.
The five-year-long Syrian civil war has triggered a massive humanitarian crisis. 11 million Syrian’s have been displaced with four million people fleeing the country, seeking refuge in neighbouring countries and across Europe.
A quarter of those seeking refuge in Europe are children.
Since the escalation of the Refugee Crisis over the past number of weeks, Plan International Ireland has been working with its global and local partners to find new innovative solutions to the crisis affecting refugees fleeing from conflict.
Plan International Ireland has been working in Egypt since 2013 with the support of Irish Aid and other donors. Over 57,000 Syrian refugee children are currently living in local communities in Egypt. We’re working with 1900 of them to provide them with access to good schools and play facilities. We’re focusing on the most marginalised and vulnerable – children whose families are headed up by women or by people with disabilities. We’re working with them to help them understand the perils and dangers of trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea in unsafe and unregulated boats.
We have teamed up a local Italian NGO, Terre des Hommes, supported by the Irish League of Credit Unions Foundation, to provide 1600 unaccompanied refugee children with emergency first aid kits as well as legal and social assistance after they arrive in Milan.
Read an exclusive blog on our response in Milan here >>
View the gallery below to see our work in action.
Plan International is currently investigating long-term ways of supporting Syrian refugees living in Jordan. Emilia Sorrentino, our Emergency Education Specialist in Dublin, has just deployed to the Jordanian capital Amman, to provide expert analysis on the education needs of children in crisis. Over the next three months, she will work with colleagues to identify how Plan International can support the 320,000 Syrian refugees living in Jordan who are under the age of 18.