Syria Joint Response in Non-Government Controlled Areas

Goal: Joint Response in Northwest Syria (NWS): joint multi-sectorial response in Idleb and Aleppo – comprehensive package of education, protection, psychosocial support, health, nutrition, shelter and WASH services, and in Northeast Syria (NES): psychosocial support in Raqqa, Deir Ez Zor and Hassakeh governorates
Lead Organisation: War Child
Organisations: War Child Holland, Ghiras Al Nahda, International Humanitarian Relief Association, Independent Doctors Association
Duration: January 1, 2022 –
December 31, 2023
The three consortium local partners in NWS, led by War Child Holland, implement a joint multi-sectorial response in five locations in Idleb and Aleppo governorates. Dana, Sharan, Maarrat Misrin, Maaret Tamsrin and Harim sub-districts all have a severity rating of over 4, as analysed in the HNO data for 2021. Partners provide a comprehensive package of education, psychosocial support, health, nutrition, shelter and WASH services in Idleb and Aleppo, while simultaneously mainstreaming protection throughout the response. Technical support is provided by INGO DRA members active in the same locations. The activities under the NES component focus on providing psychosocial support to both vulnerable children and adolescents and their caregivers. The two local partners implement activities in three different governorates: Raqqa, Deir Ez Zor and Hassakeh.

Type of response:

Syria remains a complex humanitarian and protection crisis compounded by over ten years of hostilities, protracted displacements and prolonged consequences, including the destruction of civilian infrastructure and violation of international humanitarian and human rights law. In 2022, 14.6 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance, an increase of 1.2 million from 2021. Children are among the worst affected by the ongoing conflict in Syria, representing 45% (6.5 million) of the total number of people in need in Syria (HNO 2022).

In NWS, armed hostilities, airstrikes and shelling continue to persist daily. The families have undergone complex and often repeated displacement. In October 2021, 2.8M IDPs in NWS, and 60% were registered in camps reported the Global Camp Coordination and Camp Management Cluster. In their November 2021 ISIMM matrix, the Cluster indicated that of 1,407 IDP sites, only 265 of them provided education, while 513 did not, and the remaining 631 sites had no information on protection, health or education. An estimated 28% (Idleb) and 26% (Aleppo) of children are not enrolled in school (HNO 2022).

The activities in NWS include:

  • Providing formal and non-formal education activities to children in addition to a psychosocial support intervention for children and caregivers
  • Providing case management services and assistance to specific cases
  • Enhancing camps by providing graveling and drainage systems, in addition to solar panel lighting systems to address protection concerns
  • Providing WASH services to the affected population. These services include hygiene kits, water trucking, desludging, solid waste management, and hygiene promotion sessions to children and adults.
  • Providing primary health care services to children and adults in addition to nutrition services to address people with severe or acute malnutrition
  • Protection mainstreaming activities across all activities through awareness raising sessions in the community

In the NES, displacement and economic crisis, on top of conflict and prolonged underinvestment, have left 1.6 million vulnerable to life-threatening risks. An estimated 631,000 people remain displaced – over half are women and children (HNO 2022).

The activities in NES focus on the following:

  • PSS activities for children and caregivers
  • SGBV awareness raising sessions in the community
  • Case management services


Contact lead organisation War Child
Ioanna Charalambous