From the onset of this crisis SKT Welfare committed itself to delivering aid within the country, as well as to Syrians inside Turkish and Jordanian refugee camps. As the crisis extends into its fourth year, so do our efforts…




Every so often one of the notable international aid agencies and human rights groups issue a report notifying the public that the humanitarian catastrophe is spiraling out of control. And then, a few months later another report with similar conclusions follows, except this time the numbers look even more horrifying. The figures across all categories – whether talking about the dead, those displaced from their homes or those lacking healthcare and education – are sobering:

  • Death toll of over 470,000 and 55,000 children and climbing.
  • 14.9 million people in Syria need humanitarian assistance due to a violent civil war that began in 2011.
  • 4.9 million Syrians are refugees, and 6.1 million are displaced within Syria; half of those affected are children.
  • Children affected by the Syrian conflict are at risk of becoming ill, malnourished, abused, or exploited. Millions have been forced to quit school.
  • Most Syrian refugees remain in the Middle East, in Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, and Egypt; slightly more than 10 percent of the refugees have fled to Europe.

Major humanitarian relief agencies are too-often cut off from providing aid due to bureaucracy as well as the brutality of the war. UN Resolution 2139 which was meant to guarantee safe passage for humanitarian aid into the country, was effectively ignored. Access to basic essentials like bread and water has become increasingly difficult, and the simple task of purchasing food for one’s family can now take hours, driven by massive demand, huge queues, and insufficient supply. Black markets for commodities like bread have arisen, where ruthless profiteers quadruple the set price, crippling local families already beset by a lack of income. Hospitals are routinely bombed, with medical care professionals actively targeted for the services they provide to the injured. Countless numbers of Syrian women have been left widowed, and children orphaned.

The crisis continues…