Middle East Emergency Appeal

Caritas Australia’s Middle East Emergency Appeal enables us to respond quickly to help people who have been forced to flee for their safety, who have lost loved ones, and who will bear the scars of conflict long after it is over.

The largest humanitarian crisis

The United Nations has referred to the Syrian situation as the largest humanitarian crisis since World War II. And the numbers show this.

Since the start of the conflict, 12.2 million people of a population of 22.8 million have been forced to leave their homes, and at least 4 million people have fled the country.

The living conditions of Syrians, in their own country or the places they have fled to, are as dire as the numbers. Most now live in poverty, with limited access to the necessities of water, hygiene, food, income, and education

I ask for the provision of humanitarian aid for the displaced and refugees, and Syrians who have lost their homes, showing in the first place the good of each human person and guarding their dignity.”
Pope Francis

How Caritas is helping

Caritas Australia has been deeply committed to supporting our sisters and brothers living in vulnerable circumstances in Syria, and in other countries to which they have been forced to escape, including Lebanon and Jordan.

Our membership of the global Caritas network has enabled us to help make a difference to the lives of many vulnerable people. The Caritas network collectively reached 1.8 million Syrians in its programs in 2015 alone.

Caritas Australia has supported the emergency response led by Caritas agencies in Middle East countries. This support has been made possible through the generous donation of our supporters and funding from the Australian government.

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Donate to the Middle East Emergency Appeal to provide help to communities in need.

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Other ways to donate

By phone
1800 024 413

      Postal donations
              GPO Box 9830

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In Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey Caritas programs have focused on emergency assistance, providing refugee families with food, water, sanitation and hygiene, shelter, and non-food items (such as blankets, clothing, hygiene kits and heaters).

In addition, we support programs which meet longer term needs, by offering psychosocial support, healthcare, educational and social services, including protection to vulnerable refugees.

Children at the Caritas supported Good Shepherd Sisters Centre in Lebanon.

Examples of programs:

  • In Lebanon, we supported the Syrian Resiliency Project, which helped more than 7,700 Syrian refugees, including conflict-affected children traumatised by the crisis. The program uses puppetry films and puppet-based activities.
  • We are currently supporting a program that offers support to vulnerable Syrian and Lebanese women who are survivors of gender-based violence. The program provides safe shelters and trauma counselling. Caritas Australia is grateful for the support of the Australian Government through the Australian Humanitarian Partnership (AHP).
  • In Jordan, we are working alongside partners CRS and Caritas Jordan with support from the Australian Government through AHP, to support the well-being of refugee and host community children and families through education and psycho-social services. 

How you can help

Your donation to the Middle East Emergency Appeal will enable Caritas Australia to provide immediate assistance to communities affected by these emergencies, as well as long-term reconstruction.

Donate to Middle East Emergency Appeal to assist communities in need. Donations $2 and over are tax deductable.

Caritas Australia works hard to keep administration costs low and ensure your donation has maximum impact. For more information view our annual reports or contact us on 1800 024 413.

*Donations to the Middle East Emergency Appeal will be used for humanitarian emergency response activities in the Middle East region where communities may be affected by natural disasters such as cyclones, earthquakes or drought, or man-made disasters such as conflict, famine, displaced populations or industrial accidents. Beyond that, funds may be used to help rebuild homes and communities, to re-establish livelihoods, and to help communities prepare for future disasters.