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.
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. This program is funded through the Australian Government’s Humanitarian Partnership Agreement (HPA).
- In Gaza, Caritas Australia is working with our partner agency Catholic Relief Services to increase the resilience of households vulnerable to chronic shocks. This includes initiatives such as forming Savings and Internal Lending groups. This program is funded through the Australian Government’s HPA.
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.