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Children in Syria with food


Mary’s Meals feeds more than 4,000 children every day in Syria!

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Where we work

Syria is located in the Middle East, on the far western edge of south Asia, and is bordered by Turkey, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Israel. 

Syria has been plagued by civil war since March 2011. Today, it is one of the poorest countries in the Middle East. Millions of civilians have been displaced, far from their families and livelihoods. Hundreds of thousands of people have died. 

Insufficient agricultural production and rising food prices are exacerbating the existing food insecurity problem. More than 10.9 million people (53.4% of the population) have insufficient food. 

With so many lives disrupted by years of conflict, it is extremely difficult for children to attend school. More than two million children in Syria are currently out of school.

A group of young boys in Syria posing for a photo and each are holding baguettes

Mary's Meals in Syria

Mary’s Meals has been serving school meals in Syria since 2017.  

Our school feeding programme in Syria provides meals for children whose young lives have been scarred by unimaginable trauma. We work with a partner organisation, Dorcas.  

Every school day, we reach more than 4,000 children across 18 schools and one community centre in Aleppo – a city which was under siege between 2012 and 2016. A dedicated team of volunteers prepare all the lunches in one school that has reliable access to water and electricity. The food is then delivered to the other locations across the city. 

Four young children smiling for the camera and holding breadsticks
When did we start working in Syria?

We have been serving school meals in Syria since 2017.

How many children do we feed in Syria?

We are currently feeding more than 4,000 children in 18 places of education in Syria

What meal do we provide?

The typical meal served is a sandwich wrap and fresh fruit.

Where are we based/where do we operate?

We are based in Aleppo.

What is the capital of Syria?

The capital city of Syria is Damascus.

What is the population of Syria?

The population of Syria is 18,364,408.

What currency is used in Syria?

Syrian Pound (SYP).