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Bread distribution to Syrian refugees in Mardin

Strategies and Goals

Main sector
Programme Objective in Turkey, Syria and Lebanon:

To contribute to the survival and resilience of war-affected Syrians and host communities.

The civil war that broke out in Syria in 2011 has wreaked havoc across the country. More than six million people have been forced to flee their homes to other parts of the country, while around five million people have fled to neighbouring countries such as Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq. It is estimated that 13 million people in Syria are now dependant on humanitarian aid to secure their basic needs.

Sectors of Intervention 

The work of Welthungerhilfe in Syria and neighbouring countries initially focused on emergency assistance by providing food aid and other essential items to support the basic needs of affected communities. As the conflict in Syria continued and the humanitarian crisis worsened, Welthungerhilfe expanded its activities to a more comprehensive approach to strengthen the resilience of refugees, internally displaced people (IDPs) and host communities.

An estimated 13 million people in Syria are dependant on humanitarian aid. Welthungerhilfe has been working in the region since 2013, providing emergency relief and strengthening the resilience of refugees, internally displaced people (IDPs) and host communities. © Weihermann
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Cash cards in Turkey: Welthungerhilfe provides Syrian refugees in Turkey with cash cards, which they can use to shop in local supermarkets. © Martin Stollberg
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This family fled from the war in Syria, leaving most of their possessions behind. They now live in Turkey and grow peppers in Welthungerhilfe's garden project. © Hanna Noori
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Humanitarian Assistance: Welthungerhilfe, together with partner organisations and funding from the German Foreign Office, is providing emergency cash-based assistance and food aid to over 270,000 people in Kahramanmaras, Turkey and Aleppo and Idlib provinces in Syria. Families are provided with cash-cards, which they can use to buy food and other essential items at designated markets in Turkey, while in Syria Welthungerhilfe provides food aid through its partner organisations.

Welthungerhilfe is working to increase the food and nutrition security of over 150,000 people in Aleppo and Idlib provinces of Syria by supporting local bakeries and providing them with flour, as well as distributing food vouchers and providing seeds to support small-scale agricultural production.  

Facts and Figures

Food and Nutrition Security: Welthungerhilfe is working in official camps and off-camp locations in the Kilis and Hatay provinces of Turkey to support over 750 Syrian families to cultivate vegetables. This increases the availability of fresh produce for the families and the excess can be sold to increase their income. The project is supported with funding from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). 

Water, Sanitation and Hygiene: Welthungerhilfe is increasing access to safe and clean drinking water for IDPs and host communities in the Idlib province of Syria with funding from UN OCHA by rehabilitating water infrastructure and water stations and training water councils to test the water and maintain the system. 

In the Akkar region of Lebanon near the Syrian border, Welthungerhilfe is supporting the rehabilitation of water and drainage systems to ensure access to safe water for drinking and cooking for over 33,000 people. This is combined with education, psychological support and agricultural training to increase the resilience of both the refugee and host communities.  

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