The kids are grown, now what?: The Unimaginable Scale of Syria’s Aid Crisis

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

The Unimaginable Scale of Syria’s Aid Crisis

As a member of the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC), a unique umbrella organisation of 14 of the UK’s leading aid agencies, the global children’s charity Plan UK, is aiming to raise awareness of the humanitarian crisis in Syria and the unimaginable scale of its effects on children and their families.

The charity Plan UK works with children in the world’s poorest countries. The charity operates a well-established sponsor a child plan in order to help to build a better future for some of the world’s most underprivileged children.

Over 70,000 people, including many children are estimated to have died since the beginning of the conflict in Syria. Since the start of 2013, there has been a significant increase in the number of children affected by the conflict and this number continues to rise dramatically on a daily basis. Over the past three months, the number of refugees crossing the border from Syria into neighboring countries has increased from 500,000 to one million. In total, approximately three million people have been displaced. These shocking statistics only serve to illustrate the scale of this emergency situation.

As a result of the crisis, thousands of children are in desperate need of food, safe drinking water and vital medicines, as well as psychological support. In addition, children also need to be able to enjoy some form of childhood, for example to learn and play.

Many children will be physically or emotionally scarred or both by the devastating effects of war. Therefore, Plan aims to raise funds to help these children and the charity has highlighted just what people’s donations could be used for:

·    £30 could buy 9 blankets for babies and young children
·    £50 could buy a medical kit to help families affected by this crisis
·    £108 could buy 3 kerosene heaters for families without heating

To make a donation to Plan UK’s Syria Crisis Appeal, please visit http://www.plan-uk.org/news/news-and-features/syria-crisis-appeal/

For over 70 years, Plan has been instrumental in actively promoting a child’s individual right to fulfil their potential in a number of ways, including by working with communities to prepare for and survive disasters.

Plan does not currently work in Syria, but such is the scale of this crisis, that the charity is appealing as a member of the DEC to support efforts to alleviate the suffering of children and their families affected by the crisis.

For more information regarding Plan UK including their Sponsor a Child plan, please visit http://www.plan-uk.org/sponsor-a-child/



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