The war in Syria, which began in 2011 as a peaceful protest, has devastated the Middle Eastern country. After years of brutal violence, more than half of Syria’s population is in crisis.

Boys discuss conflict resolution as part of a psycho-social program run by PWS&D-supported members of the ACT Alliance in the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan. Credit: ACT Alliance/Paul Jeffrey

The continuing, brutal violence has forced over five million fearful residents to flee in search of safety. Syria is also the site of the world’s largest internal displacement, with over six million people trapped inside the country. In total, out of a population of 22 million, over half—around 13 million people—are in need of immediate humanitarian assistance. The UN Refugee Agency calls the situation in Syria a “colossal human tragedy.”

Responding to Conflict in Syria

PWS&D is responding through the ACT Alliance and Canadian Foodgrains Bank to support people in Syria and its neighbouring countries suffering the devastating effects of war.

Together, our response is helping provide the following support:

  • Meeting food needs of displaced people and host communities in Syria by providing food baskets containing rice, spaghetti, chickpeas, oil, sugar and salt
  • Providing other essential non-food items including housing, education, livelihoods and trauma counselling to refugees who fled to Jordan and Lebanon

A Syrian refugee living in Lebanon received a food box through a PWS&D-supported project with Canadian Foodgrains Bank partners. Credit: World Renew/Helen Manson

PWS&D is also providing support to Presbyterian congregations interested in sponsoring refugees under The Presbyterian Church in Canada’s sponsorship agreement with the Government of Canada.

Read how PWS&D’s support is assisting families:


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Caught in the middle of a war zone in central Syria, Rabeha was living a nightmare.

In a recent bomb blast, her brother had been killed and her mother lost her legs when the family’s home was destroyed. Rabeha’s father suffered a stroke that left him paralyzed.

Rabeha struggled to carry on—unable to secure a job, she couldn’t afford food, medical care for her parents, or heat for the winter.

Rabeha and her family are among the over six million people displaced in war-ravaged Syria, trapped where bombs fall and basic services like schools and hospitals lie in ruins.

Rabeha’s family endured cold, hungry nights before they enrolled in a PWS&D food aid project with Canadian Foodgrains Bank.

After receiving monthly food baskets, Rabeha was able to save money for other needs and face the harsh winter with greater peace of mind.




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Ahmad and Sarah and their daughters Reem and Rana.

For Ahmad and Sarah and their daughters Reem and Rana, each day brought distress, thinking about what the future might hold. Their home in Al Raqqa, Syria had been bombed, and acts of brutal violence were taking place in their own neighbourhood.

The family escaped to Kfarbo and forged a sense of home in a cramped, unfurnished apartment. Navigating the streets of a brand-new city in a country broken by over eight years of civil conflict, Ahmad and Sarah prayed each day for peace and relief from hunger. Their prayers were answered when the family received their first food and hygiene basket through a Presbyterian World Service & Development-supported project with Canadian Foodgrains Bank partners.

“It came at the right moment,” says Ahmad.



Respond with Us!

Everyone deserves to be safe. Everyone deserves to be protected. PWS&D is inviting you to pray for those enduring displacement and trauma because of war, and to offer financial support that will lead to critical, life-saving assistance.

You can make a donation through your church, by mailing a cheque to the PWS&D office, calling us at 1-800-619-7301 x291, or donating online. Please mark your donation “Syria crisis.”



View photos from Syria crisis relief efforts

Banner photo: Helen Manson/World Renew

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