Refugee relief in Syria

A protestor stands behind the Syrian flag in Amman, March 2012 (credit: FreedomHouse)

Title Refugee relief in Syria
Description Emergency food and living supplies for displaced families
Status Completed
Dates Start: April 2012; End: June 2012
Implementing partner Operation Mercy
Location Jordan and Syria
Sector Relief


Internal political unrest has caused severe upheaval in Syria since early 2011. At the time that this relief grant was given, more than 200,000 Syrians have been displaced from their homes with rapidly increasing numbers of refugees fleeing to neighbouring countries. According to the UN Refugee Agency, the number of registered refugees doubled from 33,000 to 67,000 within the period of this relief intervention, April to June 2012.

After Turkey, Jordan has received the second largest group of refugees.  In June 2012, more than 21,000 Syrian refugees were registered in Jordan, with an additional 50,000 identified by local organisations as being in need of assistance. Around 75% of Syrian refugees are women and children. Many people are in need of food, accommodation and basic equipment for living.


Cyan partnered with Operation Mercy (OM) to deliver refugee assistance in Syria and Jordan. OM is a relief and development NGO operating in North Africa, the Middle East, the Caucasus and Central Asia. OM has a proven track-record of working with other, trusted Cyan partners and also worked with Cyan in response to the flooding situation in Pakistan in 2010.

Response and Outcomes

Syrian refugees in Jordan, Feb 2012 (credit: FreedomHouse)

Syrian refugees in Jordan, Feb 2012 (credit: FreedomHouse)

Cyan provided a grant of £7,500, assisting approximately 420 people affected by the unrest. Emergency relief was provided to families within the borders of Syria as well as those seeking refuge across the border in the north of Jordan.

The intervention took place between April and June 2012. Three months’ supply of staple foods was provided to needy families in Syria. For those who had travelled across the border into Jordan and did not have relatives there or sufficient resources, essential supplies for survival have been provided, including food parcels, blankets, mattresses, stove tops and gas bottles.

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