Since March 2011, Syria (pre-war population of 23 million) has been engulfed in a brutal conflict.
After almost seven years of armed conflict, an estimated 500,000 people have lost their lives, over 13.1 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance, while almost 12 million people have been displaced, including more than 5.3 million as refugees in neighbouring countries.
GOAL began working in Syria in late 2012 in response to the ongoing conflict.
Our Syria programme, which is the largest in GOAL’s history, is focused on delivering food and non-food items, such as blankets; supporting bakeries to increase the availability of affordable bread; repairing houses; rehabilitating water networks to provide safe water; and supporting livelihoods.
GOAL delivers these programmes through distributions of items and through cash/voucher mechanisms to support local markets. GOAL has also been working with pre-war administrative structures in water services in order to re-build their capacity to run effective water programmes for local populations.
As part of GOAL's response, we work closely with partner organisations. These organisations, such as the Big Heart Foundation, have extensive local and regional expertise and ensure the delivery of support to local commuities is achieved in an effective and efficent manner and in close collaboration with GOAL.
GOAL’s programme in Syria provides assistance in Food Security, Emergency Response, and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) for internally displaced and host populations stranded in a country marred by armed conflict.
GOAL’s food security programme reaches over 250,000 people every month with food vouchers and food kits.
GOAL and partner organisations currently supply up to 50% of the flour/yeast needs of over 25 bakeries. The bakery programme provides bread at stabilized prices to 300,000 people every day.
GOAL’s WASH programme provides approximately 50% of sustained water access in Idleb Governorate, providing over 550,000 people with access to clean drinking water through the water network every day.
Since its inception in April 2015, GOAL’s emergency response mechanism (the NSRF – North Syria Response Facility), in partnership with The Big Heart Foundation, has provided once-off emergency support to over 700,000 people displaced by conflict.