Syria is at the center of the world's most devastating humanitarian emergency. Once a vibrant hub of Middle Eastern culture and history, Syria has been besieged by internal conflict that has uprooted millions of innocent families. Of those, 4.1 million Syrians have fled across the border into Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and Egypt. More than 75% of Syrian refugees are women and children.
This small team competes on behalf of the world’s 65 million refugees.
A CRS project helps refugees in Egypt start small businesses and resume their lives.
Twins Diana and Dana Khzouz are just 2 of more than 1,500 Caritas Jordan volunteers devoting their time to helping those in need. Catholic Relief Services has supported the volunteer program since it began in 2001. In recent years, the program has helped CRS and Caritas respond to the Iraqi and Syrian refugee crises.
Through an annual summer camp run out of their center in Lebanon’s remote Bekaa Valley, the Congregation of our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd Sisters succeeds at providing Syrian refugee children with a safe space for them to play, learn, and heal.
Ashaa’s frail frame and weary gaze suggest someone who is accustomed to hardship. She lives in a small apartment in the town of Zarqa in Jordan, with her husband, who is sick, and five children. The family fled their native Syria, and now relies mostly on aid to survive.
But something changes in Ashaa’s demeanor when she starts talking about the educational support her family receives through Caritas Jordan with Catholic Relief Services and other partners. She comes to life.