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.

We have 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.

By donating to the Middle East Emergency Appeal, you will help to provide humanitarian emergency response to vulnerable communities in the Middle East.

Humanitarian crisis in Syria

Syrian refugee children walk through a makeshift camp in Lebanon. Photo:  Isabel Corthier

Across Syria, an estimated 11.7 million people need humanitarian assistance. Those particularly at risk are children, pregnant and lactating women, people with disabilities, the elderly and other groups or individuals with specific needs. As at end of 2018, about 6.2 million people remained internally displaced.

According to the United Nations, Syria is still one of the biggest and most complex crises globally, and it is far from over. The landscape in Syria is likely to remain complex and dynamic. Hostilities and insecurity are expected to continue, most notably in the north-west and in parts of the north-east of the country, which will generate additional civilian displacement.

The greatest areas of need include protection, social stability, basic assistance, food security, health, education, water, shelter, and livelihoods.

Added to this are the living conditions of Syrians, in their own country or the places they have fled to. Most live in poverty, with limited access to essential water, hygiene, food, income, and education. According to 2015 estimates, 83% of Syrians lived below the poverty line. Recent indications suggest it has since worsened.

The global Caritas network reached 667,000 people throughout Syria in 2018, with emergency food and essential medical care, help with rebuilding homes and restarting livelihoods.

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
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How Caritas is helping

Caritas Australia supports the emergency response led by Caritas’ agencies in Middle East countries. This support is possible through the generosity of our supporters and funding from the Australian Government.

In Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey, Caritas-supported 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 long-term needs, by offering psychosocial support, healthcare, educational and social services, including protection to vulnerable refugees.

Middle East Crisis responses

Examples of programs:

Children at the Caritas supported Good Shepherd Sisters Centre in Lebanon. Credit: Caroline Brennan/CRS.
  • In n Lebanon, we are supporting Caritas Lebanon with program enabling vulnerable Syrian and Lebanese women and children to recover from the trauma 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 as Catholic Relief Services and Caritas Jordan, with support from the Australian Government through the AHP, to assist the well-being of refugee and host community children and families by providing educational and psycho-social services.

Read more: The program ensuring Syrian children can look forward to a brighter future (26 Jul 2019)


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.