Project information

Support for Syrian Refugee Children

2.9 million Syrian children under the age of 5 have grown up knowing nothing but war, according to UNHCR. This project provides psycho-social support to refugee children that have fled the brutal conflict in Syria, helping them cope with their experience of violence, and the loss of loved ones.

4 months

Charity information: CARE International UK

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  • Need


    Over 5 million people have fled Syria since the conflict began. Half of those affected are children that have seen the horrors of war first-hand. Beyond the basic needs of food, water, and shelter, refugees fleeing conflict need psycho-social support in order for them to deal with the mental scars of what they have witnessed. Some studies suggest that more than 4 in 10 Syrian children showed symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder and most had experienced someone in their family dying.


    We will provide psycho-social support to refugee children that have fled the civil war and are living in refugee camps in Jordan. Focus will be on well-being, and what makes life worth living, aiming at giving children who have experienced the most unimaginable horror the techniques to relieve stress, cope with the terrible traumas no child should have to go through, and build a positive mind set for the future. Our aim is to ensure young people affected can live as normal a life as possible.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Create a safe and stable environment in which psycho-social help can be given to refugee children.


    » Establish safe spaces within Jordan refugee camps where young people can go to make friends and express themselves without fear.

    What success will look like

    Success will be improved facilities for children in Jordanian refugee camps in the form of somewhere safe to go to learn and heal.

    Aim 2

    Provide activities that help to heal the psychological wounds born out of exposure to conflict.


    » Provide 1:1 mentoring for refugee children.

    What success will look like

    Success will be improvement of psychological mindset of Syrian refugee children that have fled conflict.

    Aim 3

    Provide positive support based on principles of group counselling and child growth & development.


    » Offer training program based on Martin Seligmans Well-being Theory and its main elements: Positivity, Engagement, Relationships, Meaning & Achievement
    » Provide Basic Life Skills training for adolescents covering Self-Management, Self-Definition, Cognitive skills, Social skills and Participatory work.
    » Deliver Taekwondo classes to children within the refugee camps.

    What success will look like

    Success will be improvement of Syrian refugee children's well-being, growth and development.

  • Impact


    Helping refugees cope with trauma that has the potential to impact the rest of their lives, helping change them into survivors rather than victims. We aim to create an emotional balance for children that will benefit them as they move forward with rebuilding their lives.
    Success will be shown by feedback from those taking part; activity participation. We will be working with those affected by the war for years to come. Our long term success will be to form part of the rebuilding of Syrian lives.


    Low levels of engagement and participation could affect the success of this project. If there are not a significant amount of participants willing to partake in activities, this could affect the impact the project has.


    We will regularly update donors on the project and CARE’s wider work in response to the Syria crisis via email and in our supporter newsletter.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £50,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £10,000 Safe Spaces Establishment of safe spaces within Jordanian refugee camps
      £40,000 Psycho-social support Psycho-social support for 625 youth refugees for 4 months
  • Background


    This project will be conducted in the neighbouring country of Jordan, within refugee camps that CARE International has a presence in. Jordan was one of the first countries to host Syrian refugees when the war began in 2011.

    We will use your gift where the need is greatest, so as well as helping Syrian children in Jordan refugee camps, your donation will help CARE International’s vital work across the whole Syrian crisis response.


    Syrian refugee children who have fled the war, and who are living in camps in neighbouring countries will benefit from this project. The project will also benefit the families of these refugees, who may struggle themselves with how to tackle the emotional impact the atrocities of the war may have had on their young family members. The project will also benefit the wider refugee community within the camps it is being conducted.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    CARE International has over seventy years’ experience delivering psycho-social support to those in need.
    The charity currently runs education programmes in 56 countries for young people affected by conflict and poverty, providing recreational activities and emotional support as well as a safe place to learn.
    CARE has been working in Syria and its neighbouring countries since war broke out in 2011, and has lots of experience of working with refugees.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Asma Abdullah

    Self-Development and Skills-Building Officer in Azraq refugee camp.