Millions of vulnerable people have fled their homeland to escape the violence and civil strife that has been ongoing in Syria since 2013.
As the Syrian crisis enters its sixth year of conflict, civilians continue to bear the brunt of a conflict marked by unparalleled suffering, destruction and disregard for human life.
13.5 million people require humanitarian assistance, including 4.6 million people in need trapped in hard-to-reach areas. More than 4.8 million people have fled the country.
We are promoting integration and social cohesion between refugees and host communities through the provision of education, protection and psycho-social services.
As with all of our programming, education and child protection are highly integrated with a particular focus on issues such as gender based violence.
This year, Plan International Ireland will increase access to quality and inclusive education for vulnerable children. We will also support alternative education methods for out of school children and adolescents..
In the absence of a solution to the conflict, intense and widespread hostilities are likely to persist in 2017. After nearly six years of ongoing conflict, now is the time for action to bring an end to the conflict in Syria.
Growing numbers of Europe-bound migrants are still turning to Egypt as a departure point for their perilous sea journey. In the first 6 months of 2016, at least 7000 migrants and asylum seekers have crossed to Europe from Egypt.
In Egypt, there are 119,665 registered refugees.
The deteriorating economic situation in Egypt, coupled with inflation, devaluation of the Egyptian Pound, and the increased joblessness have exerted greater social and economic stresses on the refugees and their host communities in the country.
As part of an Irish Aid funded response, Plan International Ireland is reaching almost 7000 Syrian refugees, and host Egyptian children and adults through support from the European Union with interventions in the areas of education, child protection, shelter, hygiene and sanitation, livelihoods and psychosocial support in Damietta, Obour and Qalubia.
To ensure that the most marginalised received our support, we have focused on children whose families were headed by women, who were orphans, who had disabilities and also on adolescent girls who were not enrolled in school. We have been working in partnership with local NGOs to ensure that those most at risk were supported by our work.
We’re working to help educate the displaced Syrian population about the dangers and perils of attempting to cross the Mediterranean, and giving them the skills needed to earn an income in Egypt until it is safe to return to Syria.
Living conditions for refugees are very difficult in Jordan. Often, there is limited access to basic resources such as food and water. With over 75 per cent of the population estimated to be women and children;
They desperately need assistance and support.
We set up operations in Jordan in August 2016. Our programming is focused on education with day-care facilities serving 300 Syrian and Jordanian children in Mafraq that will provide early childhood activities, parenting support, training for teachers and educational material.